Course Overview

Brief

This Course will provide nurses and other health professionals with a detailed explanation of why and how a comprehensive health assessment (CHA) of an older adult is undertaken.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use your increased knowledge to conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify older adults who would benefit from an assessment
  • Identify critical components of a comprehensive assessment to ensure older adults in your care are holistically assessed
  • Act on issues identified during a comprehensive assessment to ensure that effective interventions are put in place

Topics include:

  • Why conduct a comprehensive health assessment?
  • What’s involved in the assessment
  • What to do when an issue is identified
  • Case study

Target audience

All nurses and other health professionals working with older adults in both the inpatient setting, and the community.

Purpose

Enhance the existing knowledge and skill of nurses and other health professionals, and to improve comprehensive assessment of older adults in order to identify age-appropriate, evidence-based, and person-centered intervention strategies to improve or sustain wellbeing and quality of life.

Need

Older people in all care settings have multiple health issues, and are at higher risk of adverse events. To manage these risks and provide effective care for older people, health professionals need to have sound comprehensive health assessment (CHA) skills coupled with objective evidence-based reasoning. Evaluation of a training program for CHA of the older adult in Victoria, found only a small number of participants reported undertaking CHAs. This is not surprising given the lack of availability of training for developing and updating health professionals’ skills.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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