Malnutrition in the Older Adult

1h 15m of CPD
Sandra Iuliano-Burns
25 May 2016

This Course will educate you on malnutrition in our ageing population, and help you to identify risk factors for malnutrition and methods in which to identify potential members of our society who may be suffering from this condition. Research studies highlighting contributing factors and effects of malnutrition will also be presented in order to reinforce this growing concern in our community.


List the risk factors for malnutrition


State methods to identify and measure malnutrition


Explain the effect of malnutrition on health


Describe ways to treat or prevent malnutrition


Sandra Iuliano-Burns

Dr Sandra Iuliano-Burns (PhD) is a researcher at the University of Melbourne based at Austin Health. Her work focuses on the benefits of improved nutrition on falls and fracture risk in the elderly, especially those in aged care. Her current trial involves 60 aged-care facilities throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria and it is providing valuable insight into the rates of malnutrition in the elderly in aged care, the causes, effects and potential remedies.


Silvia Mohanu17 Sep 2018
Great educational course

Patricia Camacho21 Aug 2018
Very good information

Deborah French29 May 2018
Very informative and well presented. Thank you

Lynne Berridge26 May 2018
very interesting

Harsimrat Kaur24 May 2018
Very educating VLA Highly recommended to all

Elizabeth Uhlmann22 May 2018
A bit long-winded with the stats but still good information.

Mi Park21 May 2018
very useful. Thank you,

Jenny Ellis19 May 2018
Excellent resource to assist in targeting and individualizing care to assist in meeting nutritional reqirements of residents. Research showing effectiveness of use of supplements,in various care settings highlights important areas to target eucation for staff and carers

Frances Browne17 May 2018
Lots of key information provided. Useful to all who care for older adults.

Gemma Dale30 Apr 2018
very interesting

anna chakaipa22 Apr 2018
Good although it relied much on research statistics

Mae Melig07 Apr 2018
Very useful and relevant to my workplace.

grazia Prochilo24 Mar 2018
So in important to watch this VLA, if you are working in aged care.

Linda Williscroft03 Jan 2018
The subject was interesting and of benefit to anyone who works in an aged care setting

Fiona Le Cren03 Jan 2018

Ruth Hahlen22 Nov 2017

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Risk factors for malnutrition
  • Methods to identify and measure malnutrition
  • Effects of malnutrition on health
  • Treatment and prevention of malnutrition

Target audience

Nurses, carers and allied health professionals that work with older adults in acute care settings, residential aged-care facilities or in the community.


Educate health professionals on how malnutrition manifests in the older adult, so that malnutrition can then be identified, prevented, and treated if required.


The population is ageing, with the fastest growing population group being those over the age of 80 years. Malnutrition contributes to poor health outcomes; with the risk of malnutrition increasing with age, so the burden of ill health in this group will increase in the future. Malnutrition risk factors include physical, emotional and social factors, which may differ depending on if the older person is in the community or in care. Malnutrition increases the risk of morbidity and mortality, but it can, in part, be prevented, so understanding risk factors for malnutrition, identifying its presence, and knowing and implementing treatment or prevention strategies can reduce the cost of malnutrition in our ageing population.

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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