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CPD1h 20m of CPD
Total Rating(s)241
First Published
Updated29 January 2019
Expires 30 May 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

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

  • Why conduct a comprehensive health assessment?
  • What’s involved in the assessment?
  • What to do when an issue is identified
  • A case study to reinforce your learning

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.


The purpose of this Course is to enhance existing knowledge and skills of registered nurses and other health professionals to improve the comprehensive assessment of older adults.

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
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to all registered nurses and other health professionals working with older adults in both the inpatient setting and the community.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Denise Simmons Visit

Denise Simmons works on the Sunshine Coast as a Nurse Practitioner: chronic disease. The object of her service is to prevent re-admission to hospital, by providing advanced clinical service and monitoring symptoms while in the home. Denise celebrated 50 years of nursing in 2017. Her past experiences are extensive and include rural and remote, juvenile justice, ICU, accident and emergency, and palliative care. Denise has lectured at a number of universities and TAFEs throughout QLD and has worked as a hospital executive for many years.

CPD1h 20m of CPD
Total Rating(s)241
First Published
Updated29 January 2019
Expires 30 May 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Chronic Illness
Cognitive Impairment
Medication Safety
Cultural Considerations
Aged Care
Clinical Assessment
Case Management
Residential Aged Care
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

241 Total Rating(s)
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Robyn Brady
07 Oct 2019

A well structured lecture.

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Hoi Lam Li
28 Sep 2019


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Lisa Cahill
12 Sep 2019


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Wendy Tattam
05 Sep 2019

This course was excellent. I identified some key areas in my work that I can implement the strategies the presenter highlighted in order for Nursing staff to conduct a thorough assessment of an Older persons needs.

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jennifer Brown
03 Sep 2019

I found this a very informative lecture. The test your learning segments reinforced the salient points required. I found that the case study at the end brought everything together.

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Kumari Santosh
29 Aug 2019


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Donna Hope
16 Aug 2019

A holistic approach to aged patients delivered in a systematic manner.

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Emma Dunlevie
08 Aug 2019


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Khushboo Maiyani
01 Aug 2019

Great resource.