Public Health Implications of an Ageing Population

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

The course is designed for health care planners and health care providers and aims to provide an understanding of the basic principles underlying demographic and epidemiological trends in an ageing population, the implications for health care and welfare services, health promotion and illness management; and to provide skills for interpreting and applying research in population and clinical settings for older people, including the involvement of older people and their carers in clinical and health care decisions.


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.

Replacing Course(s) Not Applicable
Transition Not Applicable
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Marked Assignment 1 =40%
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Marked Assignment 2 =40%
  • Other: (please specify) - Marked Assignment3 (online discussion) =20%
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 40 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EPID6660

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