Course Overview

Brief

This Course will educate you on malnutrition in our ageing population, and help you to identify risk factors for malnutrition and methods in which to identify potential members of our society who may be suffering from this condition. Research studies highlighting contributing factors and effects of malnutrition will also be presented in order to reinforce this growing concern in our community.

Learning Outcomes

  • List the risk factors for malnutrition
  • State methods to identify and measure malnutrition
  • Explain the effect of malnutrition on health
  • Describe ways to treat or prevent malnutrition

Topics include:

  • Risk factors for malnutrition
  • Methods to identify and measure malnutrition
  • Effects of malnutrition on health
  • Treatment and prevention of malnutrition

Target audience

Nurses, carers and allied health professionals that work with older adults in acute care settings, residential aged-care facilities or in the community.

Purpose

Educate health professionals on how malnutrition manifests in the older adult, so that malnutrition can then be identified, prevented, and treated if required.

Need

The population is ageing, with the fastest growing population group being those over the age of 80 years. Malnutrition contributes to poor health outcomes; with the risk of malnutrition increasing with age, so the burden of ill health in this group will increase in the future. Malnutrition risk factors include physical, emotional and social factors, which may differ depending on if the older person is in the community or in care. Malnutrition increases the risk of morbidity and mortality, but it can, in part, be prevented, so understanding risk factors for malnutrition, identifying its presence, and knowing and implementing treatment or prevention strategies can reduce the cost of malnutrition in our ageing population.

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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