The postgraduate program in aged care nursing aims to advance knowledge of ageing and nursing the aged. It explores the implications and challenges of a rapidly ageing population and encourages you to acknowledge the individuality of the ageing experience and the need for older people to maintain their own health and healthcare management where possible.
You will have the opportunity to reflect on and explore the complexity of issues associated with nursing an older client, and will focus on the policies that impact on the professional, organisational and political context of aged care nursing practice.
Students critically analyse ageing issues and theoretical perspectives under-pinning the ageing process and are able both to examine the complexities associated with nursing an ageing client and to research the potential for change in their everyday aged care nursing practice. Cultural variations and gender differences associated with ageing are debated, as are social issues such as ageism, isolation, poverty, abuse and neglect, violence, media portrayal and the ageing body.
Students will have the opportunity to explore in detail one or more areas of their choice relating to aged care nursing practice. The specialisation is conducted in a supportive but self-directed flexible learning environment in which students will be encouraged to explore, question, discuss and debate the challenges they face as registered nurses on both a micro and macro level.