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1h 20m

Comprehensive Health Assessment of the Older Adult

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

30 May 2018

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



Course is clear, easy to follow, and very engaging. The combination of case studies, the questions and the answers given all reinforced knowledge learnt. It also made it easier to retain. -- 18 Jun 2018
I found this session informative but mostly it reinforced what I do as being relevant to the assessments. -- 17 Jun 2018
A very important learning activity and well presented. Thankyou Ausmed. -- 16 Jun 2018
Very easy to understand speaker, and also very knowledgeable on her topic. -- 14 Jun 2018
A great refresher and well presented. -- 13 Jun 2018
1 -- 11 Jun 2018
Very informative. Made me think about areas I had not considered. Very thorough. -- 10 Jun 2018
Good -- 09 Jun 2018
Very interesting -- 08 Jun 2018
Very knowledgeable -- 05 Jun 2018
I enjoyed the course , some bits went a bit fast but the content was relevant and the presenter well spoken and informative -- 05 Jun 2018
Okay -- 05 Jun 2018
The information was presented in a warm and friendly manner with good graphics. -- 04 Jun 2018
Well presented and informative. A comprehensive presentation. -- 04 Jun 2018
The educator was engaging -- 04 Jun 2018
Good presentation however I would like to know the rationale behind the presenter conducting routine MSU tests on non symptomatic older persons. -- 03 Jun 2018
I fully enjoyed this course, gave me the encouragement about doing assessments -- 03 Jun 2018
very informative video -- 02 Jun 2018
Very valuable information, this activity gave me better insight to understand what I need to look for, and gave me the knowledge how to utilize resources. I will incorporate this into my practice. -- 01 Jun 2018
The topic was Very Well covered -- 01 Jun 2018
Clear presentation -- 31 May 2018
Very good -- 31 May 2018
Important knowledge when dealing with older patients. -- 31 May 2018
Easy to understand. Great assessment tool -- 31 May 2018
excellent -- 31 May 2018
amazing. would definitely recommend -- 31 May 2018
An interesting and informative course I’m alarmed at some of the statistics esp around malnutrition & elder abuse. -- 31 May 2018
Good session -- 31 May 2018
Excellent -- 31 May 2018

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Why conduct a comprehensive health assessment?
  • What’s involved in the assessment
  • What to do when an issue is identified
  • Case study

Target audience

All nurses and other health professionals working with older adults in both the inpatient setting, and the community.


Enhance the existing knowledge and skill of nurses and other health professionals, and to improve comprehensive assessment of older adults in order to identify age-appropriate, evidence-based, and person-centered intervention strategies to improve or sustain wellbeing and quality of life.


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.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.