1h 20m
Denise Simmons
30 May 2018

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.


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


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.


Leeanne O'Leary11 Sep 2018
Thank you for a very enlightening presentation

Awsome. It is very informative lecture for nurses who work fo the aged.

Vidya Vikram06 Aug 2018
It was really interesting

Sofie Mccann 20 Jul 2018
Very informative and useful talk.

Kristy Beckett16 Jul 2018
Great information

Jessica Sharpe13 Jul 2018
fantastic for those working in the aged care field

Soso Polau03 Jul 2018
Excellent, only thing is the writing should have used a different colour so its more visible.

Keira Trang Doan 02 Jul 2018
The resource was very constructive and comprehensive. I strongly recommend this for young nurses who start working in aged care, and for those who have limited understanding of aged care nursing.

Kaylene Dawson27 Jun 2018
I found this great reinforcing my knowledge. It was presented in an easy format to follow. Presenter spoke clear.

Ji Hyun Lee21 Jun 2018
great material!

Tanya Volzke21 Jun 2018
Well presented and informative

Helen Morris21 Jun 2018
This information was very interesting and informative.

Turotaake McCarthy18 Jun 2018
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.

Elizabeth Anne Blucher17 Jun 2018
I found this session informative but mostly it reinforced what I do as being relevant to the assessments.

Annabel Holmes16 Jun 2018
A very important learning activity and well presented. Thankyou Ausmed.

Yvonne Spenceley14 Jun 2018
Very easy to understand speaker, and also very knowledgeable on her topic.

Rebecca Sonson13 Jun 2018
A great refresher and well presented.

joshua bold11 Jun 2018

Ruth Andrews10 Jun 2018
Very informative. Made me think about areas I had not considered. Very thorough.

Soumyamol Binesh09 Jun 2018

Emma-Lee Davies Kinsella08 Jun 2018
Very interesting

carin newman05 Jun 2018
Very knowledgeable

Susan Anderson05 Jun 2018
I enjoyed the course , some bits went a bit fast but the content was relevant and the presenter well spoken and informative

Emma Kerr05 Jun 2018

Anne Ridgway04 Jun 2018
The information was presented in a warm and friendly manner with good graphics.

Ruth Spencer04 Jun 2018
Well presented and informative. A comprehensive presentation.

Anne Sleat04 Jun 2018
The educator was engaging

Bec Ozols03 Jun 2018
Good presentation however I would like to know the rationale behind the presenter conducting routine MSU tests on non symptomatic older persons.

Liz Flack03 Jun 2018
I fully enjoyed this course, gave me the encouragement about doing assessments

Georgia Jones02 Jun 2018
very informative video

Elise stewart01 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.

Limor Weingarten01 Jun 2018
The topic was Very Well covered

Clear presentation

Vicki lees31 May 2018
Very good

Brenda Wilson31 May 2018
Important knowledge when dealing with older patients.

Karen Innes31 May 2018
Easy to understand. Great assessment tool

Mary Anne Mara31 May 2018

Kristie-Lee Perrott31 May 2018
amazing. would definitely recommend

Phillipa OBrien31 May 2018
An interesting and informative course I’m alarmed at some of the statistics esp around malnutrition & elder abuse.

Maree Augostin31 May 2018
Good session

Sirini Prathibha Ariyarathna Korale Kankanamge31 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.

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