Health and Ageing Across the Lifespan - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem 2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Practice-based Assignment (35%) , Online Discussion - Online guided discussion (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
HECS 793.00

HSV7009 Health and Ageing Across the Lifespan introduces students to the complex arena of the health of older people. It examines the nexus between aged related disabilities and disabilities which may have been lifelong experiences for an individual. It explores the principles of healthy ageing, identifies resources which may be available in the community and examines the issues for human service work practice.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. Identify the nature of ageing and disability in Australia
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the nexus between the Disability and Aged Sector
  3. Discuss the programs and services available to support older people with disabilities
  4. Examine the role of advocates and lobbyists in the area of ageing and disabilities and the ethical issues that may arise for human service workers
  5. Conduct yourself in a professional and ethical manner when working with older adults who have a disability.
  • Assignment — Practice-based Assignment (35%)
  • Online Discussion — Online guided discussion (15%)
  • Portfolio — Portfolio - evidence (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — Admission to Griffith University MSocial Work (Qualifying) OUA Course required

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Ageing and Disability Defined
2The Nature of Disabilty and Ageing
3Healthy Ageing
4Programs and Services

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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