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CPD1h 20m of CPD
Total Rating(s)265
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

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. See Educator Profile

CPD1h 20m of CPD
Total Rating(s)265
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

265 Total Rating(s)
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Judy Howard
27 Feb 2020

Thorough information to complete comphrensive assessment on older adults but also applicable for those under 65

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Laura Poyner
26 Feb 2020

Great and thorough review of CHA. great examples given and information that can directly be applied to CHA.

13 Feb 2020

I found this resource easy to understand gained new knowledge that i would love to put into practice.

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Patricia Heywood
05 Feb 2020


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Shazia Sabreen Ali
04 Feb 2020

Very educational. Simple and easy to understand

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Heather Blackhall
10 Jan 2020

Comprehensive presentation about how these subjects should be conducted.

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Marg McPherson
23 Dec 2019

CHA included: What's involved The Assessment Priorities for future planning Best Practice Questions EPOA and ACD

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Clare Bock
21 Dec 2019

This was a very well presented course as it focused on all aspects of the older patients care. This addressed all aspects of the older persons wellbeing *Physical *Social *Financial *Environmental *Spiritual

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Mary Wright
21 Dec 2019

This was a good resource and provided the user with a great knowledge of all aspects of what is entailed in a thorough assessment of the elderly.

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Donna Lee Apelu
16 Dec 2019

Great presentation.