Caring for Older People in Australia, 1st Edition

ISBN: 9781118384121

Caring for Older People in Australia covers the issues facing older Australians and details ways to promote their well-being and preserve their dignity. This text uses a person-centred, primary healthcare focus. It is designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to work as a health professional across a range of aged care settings.


  • Regular case studies in each chapter that use real world aged care nursing situations.
  • Resources and links to external programs and initiatives throughout the text.
  • Video clips and assignments to help with your understanding of key topics.
Associate Professor Amanda Johnson is Director of Academic Programs — Undergraduate at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney. She has worked in the tertiary sector since 1992. Associate Professor Johnson’s PhD thesis is in undergraduate palliative care education. She has been an active leader in the development of undergraduate curriculum in the areas of aged care, chronic illness and palliation. In 2011, Associate Professor Johnson was the winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence award in Leadership for the IRONE project. In 2010 she was Highly Commended in these awards for her teaching of chronic illness and palliation. Associate Professor Johnson’s research is focused in aged care, dementia and palliation. She is committed to making a difference in the lives of older people through her teaching and research activities.

Professor Esther Chang is Director for Higher Research Degree and Course Advisor for the Honours program in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney. She has worked in academia since 1986, with three tertiary institutions. She has been a Head of School, Dean of the Faculty of Health, and Acting Pro- Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury. Professor Chang is committed to aged, dementia and palliative care and has received many large grants to investigate nursing and health needs in older people, and has developed models of care for acutely ill elderly patients and clients with end-stage dementia. Professor Chang’s international links have generated collaborative research into aged care across several countries. This process has influenced her ideas and reflections on the approach that textbooks need to embrace for effective student learning.

1. Primary healthcare and the older person
2. Understanding the ageing process
3. Person-centred care: culture, diversity and spirituality
4. Attitudes and communication: the older person, carers and families
5. Nutrition, hydration and feeding: impact on the older person
6. Pharmacology and complementary therapies
7. Prevention of falls
8. Care of the older person in the emergency department
9. Rehabilitation, co-morbidity and complex care
10. Transition of settings: loss and grief
11. Pain and the older person
12. A palliative approach
13. Promoting continence
14. Depression in older people
15. Understanding and responding to behaviours
16. Sexuality
17. Continuous improvement in aged care
18. Bereavement care
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