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CPD1h 20m of CPD
Total Rating(s)73
Publish Date30 May 2018
Review Date14 February 2021
Expiry Date30 May 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

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.

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.


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.

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


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.

CPD1h 20m of CPD
Total Rating(s)73
Publish Date30 May 2018
Review Date14 February 2021
Expiry Date30 May 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Chronic Illness
Cognitive Impairment
Medication Safety
Cultural Considerations
Aged Care
Clinical Assessment
Case Management
Residential Aged Care

Further Learning

Learner Reviews


73 Total Rating(s)

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Marcia Mtetwa
22 Feb 2019

This information is very good and really informative of what’s happening in the older patients

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Sue chapple
22 Feb 2019

great learning activity very informative and thought provoking

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Carol Wright
20 Feb 2019

Thi she education assisted with improving knowledge of a holistic assessment.

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Tanja Morton
17 Feb 2019

I found this course very helpful and insightful. As there is an increase in older population every nurse needs to be aware of the challenges that will occur and the necessary steps that we can undertake to ensure the best possible outcomes for our clients.

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John Seaman
13 Feb 2019

A great module that provides insight into the comprehensive assessment of the older adult living at home. This important aspect of nursing and home care ultimately reduces the burden on our health system by allowing the elderly to sustain well-being and quality of life while living at home.

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Carole kathleen Brown
12 Feb 2019

This is well worth doing.

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Chinasa Usoh
11 Feb 2019

Very good explanation of the topic and good case studies

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Xiuyan Sophie Pan
10 Feb 2019


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Jessica Arnold
05 Feb 2019

Very useful however, a little too lengthy and slow.

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Jesyl Ulangca
04 Feb 2019

a great learning