1h 15m
Sandra Iuliano-Burns
25 May 2016

Malnutrition in the Older Adult

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



29 May 2018
Very informative and well presented. Thank you
26 May 2018
very interesting
24 May 2018
Very educating VLA Highly recommended to all
22 May 2018
A bit long-winded with the stats but still good information.
21 May 2018
very useful. Thank you,
19 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
17 May 2018
Lots of key information provided. Useful to all who care for older adults.
30 Apr 2018
very interesting
22 Apr 2018
Good although it relied much on research statistics
07 Apr 2018
Very useful and relevant to my workplace.
24 Mar 2018
So in important to watch this VLA, if you are working in aged care.
03 Jan 2018
The subject was interesting and of benefit to anyone who works in an aged care setting
03 Jan 2018
22 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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