Available in 2018

Course handbook


The course aims to address the intersection between public health and ageing, and will take a population view of ageing from across a number of public health perspectives. These include the demographic transition and the impact on population profile, health and welfare costs, and health care delivery; the need to refocus public health priorities to address the changing needs of an ageing population; psychosocial and behavioural aspects of ageing and their impact on health and well being; epidemic and emergent conditions of ageing and their prevention and management; and the use of probabilistic approaches to provide more rational, effective and safe health care for older people.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Comprehend and apply demographic, epidemiological and disciplinary perspectives of population ageing.

2. Discuss the implications for health care, welfare, and the workforce of population ageing.

3. Discuss and debate ethical issues and the law in relation to ageing.

4. Advocate on issues for older people and apply the principle of equity to their work.

5. Comprehend the role of evaluation of population health programs for older people.

6. Be critically aware of the process for developing policies, and opportunities to influence policies on ageing.

7. Comprehend and apply information specific to ageing (eg access national data sets).

8. Comprehend evidence-based principles.

9. Synthesise data and use knowledge and skills for decision-making and priority setting.



Module 1: Introduction to Public Health Implications of an Ageing Population - gives an introduction and overview to the area of population health and ageing. Discusses global implications of ageing; introduces Australia's demographic trends, and provides an overview of content to be covered in other modules
Module 2: Ageing and the Body - explores and explains age-related disease, burden of illness and trends, and the concepts of disability and impairment.
Module 3: Perspectives on Ageing - discusses the many perspectives of ageing, such as psychological, economic, and social perspectives. What is it like to be an older person?
Module 4: Diversity in Ageing - Provides stimulus to consider and analyse ways in which existing models of best practice might be applied to diverse ageing populations, such as multicultural, aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex (GLBT) populations.
Module 5: Needs, Priorities and Choices - explores priority setting, resource allocation, decision making, and equity issues, at the individual and health system levels. Describes needs and appropriate research medothds for needs assessment.
Module 6: Health ageing - describes recent research and gaps in health promotion for older people, screening programs, capacity for living, health ageing, and OH&S and older workers.
Module 7: Issues and Options in Service Delivery - discusses current and innovative service models, including discussion of costs, outcomes, workforce, philosophy, informal carers, volunteers, and access
Module 8: Responses to an Ageing Population - presents case studies of policy responses to population ageing (local, national, state, international) including consideration of their impact on health outcomes and equity.
Module 9: Participation and Self-Determination - discusses the role of advocacy for older people, at the individual and organisational level, including using media and influencing policy.
Module 10: The Social Context of Ageing - explores the social realities of ageing by exploring the meaing of community, housing, family and social networks, income, abuse, transport issues, and the contributions of older people.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assessment 1

Written Assignment: Assessment 2

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion

Contact hours

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Online Activity

Online 40 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The course is managed for distance learning students via the Blackboard teaching platform.