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HSHS807 – Care of The Older Person

Module code
Module title
Care of The Older Person
This module is designed to enable health and social service practitioners to advance their knowledge and skills in critical gerontology. The module fosters an approach to learning that supports critical inquiry in this area of practice. Students will explore and deconstruct discourses of aging that limit the potential of health and social service practitioners to work collaboratively with older adults within their specific contexts.
  • HS1102
  • HS1103
  • HS1701
NZQA Level
Level 8
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
- Evidence-based inquiry approaches to inform practice development
- Epidemiologic and demographic trends
- Health care and social service policy, trends and approaches to older adults
- Current approaches to working with older adults in cultural contexts
- Developmental models
- Psychosocial and psycho-spiritual transitions
- Relational practice
- Ethical, legal and professional responsibilities for practice
- Cultural safety and the Treaty of Waitangi
- Practice development and leadership
- Managing poly-pharmacy and multiple morbidity
- Balancing dependent and independent needs
- Institutionalisation
- Health promotion
- Participatory approaches to practice development
Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be supplied by the lecturer at commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching and learning methods will involve theoretical and online sessions including tutorials, workshops, group activities, discussion, independent learning, and assignments.

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