DCHA20002 - Ageing in Rural and Remote Areas
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will explore the impacts of healthy ageing directly related to living in remote and/or rural areas. You will examine current health policies and determine their applicability for meeting the needs of the people living in rural and remote areas to healthy ageing.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the determinants that lead to negative health outcomes for people living in rural and remote areas
  2. Evaluate the efficacy of current government strategies that address the healthy ageing needs of people living in rural and remote areas
  3. Determine the impact of unique factors associated with ageing in rural and remote populations
  4. Evaluate community and health services and their applicability to meet the healthy ageing needs of rural and remote populations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research
5. Self-management    
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAnne-Marie Holt (a.holt2@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction to Unit

An introduction to ageing in rural and/or remote areas.

Read introductory information and watch the lecture.

Familiarise yourself with what is required for your assessments. Details of the assessments are available on the Moodle site.

You can begin preparing for the first assessment.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Module 1

Determinants of Health unique to ageing in rural and/or remote communities.

Refer to the Moodle site.

Watch the lecture and work through the activities and task set for this week.

Being Module 1 activities.

Begin working on the first assessment.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Module 1

Determinants of Health unique to ageing in rural and/or remote communities.

Refer to the Moodle site.

Watch the lecture and work through the activities and task set for this week.

Being Module 1 activities.

Begin working on the first assessment.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Module 2

Key differences in ageing issues in rural and/or remote communities.

Refer to the Moodle site.

Watch the lecture and work through the activities and task set for this week.

Being Module 2 activities.

Begin working on the first assessment.

Week 5 07-08-2017

Module 2

Key differences in ageing issues in rural and/or remote communities.

Refer to the Moodle site.

Watch the lecture and work through the activities and task set for this week.

Being Module 2 activities.

Begin working on the first assessment.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Module 3

Government policy and strategies in ageing in rural and/or remote areas.

Refer to the Moodle site.

Watch the lecture and work through the activities and task set for this week.

Being Module 3 activities.

Complete the first assessment and submit.

Due: Friday 25 August 2017 (06:00 pm AEST)

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Assessment 1: Brief Report (1800 words +/- 10% excluding references) Due Friday (25 Aug 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Module 3

Government policy and strategies in ageing in rural and/or remote areas.

Refer to the Moodle site.

Watch the lecture and work through the activities and task set for this week.

Being Module 3 activities.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Module 4

Capacity building in rural and/or remote health workforce in context of ageing.

Refer to the Moodle site.

Watch the lecture and work through the activities and task set for this week.

Being Module 4 activities.

Begin working on the first assessment.

Week 9 11-09-2017

Module 4

Capacity building in rural and/or remote health workforce in context of ageing.

Refer to the Moodle site.

Watch the lecture and work through the activities and task set for this week.

Being Module 4 activities.

Week 10 18-09-2017

Module 5

Critical appraisal of current government policy and strategies in rural and/or remote ageing.

Refer to the Moodle site.

Watch the lecture and work through the activities and task set for this week.

Being Module 5 activities.

Week 11 25-09-2017

Module 5

Critical appraisal of current government policy and strategies in rural and/or remote ageing.

Refer to the Moodle site.

Watch the lecture and work through the activities and task set for this week.

Being Module 5 activities.

Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision and Consolidation

Complete and submit the second assessment.

Due: Friday 06 October 2017 (06:00 pm AEST).

Assessment 2: Final Report (1800 words +/- 10% excluding references) Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1: Brief Report (1800 words +/- 10% excluding references)
Task Description

Objectives:

  • Discuss the current trends/patterns in ageing and health in rural and/or remote areas and consider how these differ from urban areas.
  • Consider the impact of the above on providing health care/services and/or programs that support healthy ageing within rural/remote areas

Task & Assignment Structure:

  • Read: Review the two articles provided on the Moodle site.
  • The articles introduce in a very 'broad sense' some of the current issues of ageing in rural and/or remote areas.
  • Select one health issue/topic that is specific to older adults who live in rural and/or remote areas along with one of the social determinants of health (SDoH) specific to ageing in rural and/or remote communities.
  • For example, Depression (Health topic) and Social isolation (SDoH).
  • Provide a rationale for action relating to your chosen topic/issue as a priority area in healthy ageing in rural and/or remote communities.
  • Identify barriers to either health service provision or health care delivery or health program activities that relate directly to your selected health issue/topic and how these are impacted by the SDoH you have selected.
  • Find a program or service in a rural or remote community that is addressing your chosen health issue/topic. Identify any problems related to this program/service and make recommendations to address these.
  • Be sure to write a concluding paragraph that summarizes your key findings and presents a logical close to your paper.

References: (Literature to support your report)

  • A minimum of 10 peer-reviewed journal articles published no later than 2010.
  • There is no maximum number of references, however they must be from credible sources for academic writing.
  • You may consider information sourced from other reputable sites (e.g. ABS, AIHW, Indigenous Healthinfonet, Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health-SARRAH), however this should not makeup more than 20% of your overall references.
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (25-Aug-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Monday (11-Sep-2017)
Assessments will be returned to students two weeks after submission due date
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
High Distinction 85-100% Distinction 75-84% Credit 65-74% Pass 50-64% Fail Below 50%
Structure 20%

Introduction 5%



Highly appropriate and relevant to content. Provides a very clear sense of what follows in terms of the direction of the paper. Appropriate and relevant to content. Provides a clear sense of what follows in terms of the direction of the paper. Largely appropriate and relevant to content. Provides a sense of what follows in terms of the direction of the paper. Somewhat appropriate and relevant to content. Provides some sense of what follows in terms of the direction of the paper. Not evident and/or not appropriate.
Conclusion 5%
Provides a very strong sense of closure and highly appropriate. Provides a sound sense of closure and appropriate. Provides a sense of closure and largely appropriate. Somewhat provides a sense of closure and somewhat appropriate. No recognisable conclusion or conclusion is inappropriate
Presentation 5%
Very well presented. No spelling or grammatical errors. Written in a clear and cohesive style. Very well presented. Minimal spelling or grammatical errors. Written in a clear and easy to read style. Well presented. Some spelling or grammatical errors. Written in a clear and easy to read style. There may be one or more areas where there was evidence of a lack of attention to presentation. Many presentation errors.
Referencing 5%
Consistently integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. Generally integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations with 1 or 2 exceptions. Partly integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations with 3 or 4 exceptions. Occasionally integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations with 5 or 6 exceptions. Fails to or infrequent attempts (>7 errors) to integrate up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations.
Approach and Argument 80%

Selection of health topic 25%

Excellent selection of health topic specific to area of ageing and appropriate selection of determinants that impact the ageing outcomes of older people in rural and/or remote communities. Very good selection of health topic specific to area of ageing and appropriate selection of determinants that impact the ageing outcomes of older people in rural and/or remote communities. Good selection of health topic specific to area of ageing and appropriate selection of determinants that impact the ageing outcomes of older people in rural and/or remote communities. Fair selection of health topic specific to area of ageing and appropriate selection of determinants that impact the ageing outcomes of older people in rural and/or remote communities. Irrelevant (and inappropriate) selection of health topic specific to area of ageing and inappropriate selection of determinants that impact the ageing outcomes of older people in rural and/or remote communities.
Justification development 25%
Clear and cohesive argument made for justification as a priority area in healthy ageing. Largely clear and cohesive argument made for justification as a priority area in healthy ageing. Somewhat clear and cohesive argument made for justification as a priority area in healthy ageing. Little argument made for justification as a priority area in healthy ageing. Minimal argument made for justification as a priority area in healthy ageing.
Appraisal of health program/service 30%
Excellent selection and critical appraisal of health program/service addressing the health issue/topic. Very good selection and critical appraisal of health program/service addressing the health issue/topic. Good selection and critical appraisal of health program/service addressing the health issue/topic. Fair selection and minimal appraisal of health program/service addressing the health issue/topic. Inappropriate selection and poor appraisal of health program/service addressing the health issue/topic.



Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please submit your assessment via Moodle in Microsoft Word format only. Do NOT submit in PDF or any other format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the determinants that lead to negative health outcomes for people living in rural and remote areas

2. Evaluate the efficacy of current government strategies that address the healthy ageing needs of people living in rural and remote areas

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

5. Self-management



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2: Final Report (1800 words +/- 10% excluding references)
Task Description

Topic: Australia's population is ageing rapidly, with rural and remote areas being more widely affected by the consequences of this.

Consider: Is the health workforce prepared for this?

Task & Assignment Structure:

  • Select an area of health care/service provision within a rural or remote community
  • Identify workforce issues experienced by your selected service and,
  • Discuss the complexities (consider barriers and enablers) identified from literature that are specific to your chosen health care or health service provision. Be sure to include an work force issues for the rural/remote service you have chosen
  • Identify government policy and/or strategy that is in place to address the issues you have identified including government policy/strategies that support capacity building and competencies in the rural/remote health workforce
  • Provide recommendation for your chosen service that may assist them with their enablers and barriers for providing services to older people who live within their community
  • Be sure to write a concluding paragraph that summarizes your key findings and presents a logical close to your paper

References: (Literature to support your report)

  • A minimum of 10 peer-reviewed journal articles published no later than 2010
  • There is no maximum number of references, however they must be from credible sources for academic writing
  • You may consider information sourced from other reputable sites (e.g. ABS, AIHW ,Indigenous HealthInfonet, Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health - SARRAH), however this should not makeup more than 20% of your overall references
  • Please use American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style. The CQUniversity Academic Learning Centre has an online APA Referencing Style Guide
  • We recommend you use EndNote to manage your citations and reference list, more information on how to use End Note is available at the CQUniversity Library website
  • For information on academic communication please go to the Academic Learning Centre Moodle site. The Academic Communication section has many helpful resources including information for students with English as a second language

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
Assessments will be returned to students two weeks after submission due date.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Monday (16-Oct-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
High Distinction 85-100% Distinction 75-84% Credit 65-74% Pass 50-64% Fail Below 50%
Structure 20%Introduction 5%
Highly appropriate and relevant to content. Provides a very clear sense of what follows in terms of the direction of the paper. Appropriate and relevant to content. Provides a clear sense of what follows in terms of the direction of the paper. Largely appropriate and relevant to content. Provides a sense of what follows in terms of the direction of the paper. Somewhat appropriate and relevant to content. Provides some sense of what follows in terms of the direction of the paper. Not evident and/or not appropriate.
Conclusion 5%
Provides a very strong sense of closure and highly appropriate. Provides a sound sense of closure and appropriate. Provides a sense of closure and largely appropriate. Somewhat provides a sense of closure and somewhat appropriate. No recognisable conclusion or conclusion is inappropriate.
Presentation 5%
Very well presented. No spelling or grammatical errors. Written in a clear and cohesive style. Very well presented. Minimal spelling or grammatical errors. Written in a clear and easy to read style. Well presented. Some spelling or grammatical errors. Written in a clear and easy to read style. There may be one or more areas where there was evidence of a lack of attention to presentation. Many presentation errors.
Referencing 5%
Consistently integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. Generally integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations with 1 or 2 exceptions. Partly integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations with 3 or 4 exceptions. Occasionally integrates up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations with 5 or 6 exceptions. Fails to or infrequent attempts (>7 errors) to integrate up-to-date references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations.
Approach and Argument 80%Selection of health care service 25%
Excellent selection of health care service specific to area of ageing in rural and/or remote communities. Very good selection of health care service specific to area of ageing in rural and/or remote communities. Appropriate selection of health care service specific to area of ageing in rural and/or remote communities. Adequate selection of health care service specific to area of ageing in rural and/or remote communities. Irrelevant (and inappropriate) selection of health care service specific to area of ageing in rural and/or remote communities.
Selection of government policy/strategy 25%
Excellent selection of government policy/strategy that impact the ageing outcomes of older people in rural and/or remote communities. Very good selection of government policy/strategy that impact the ageing outcomes of older people in rural and/or remote communities. Good selection of government policy/strategy that impact the ageing outcomes of older people in rural and/or remote communities. Fair selection of government policy/strategy that impact the ageing outcomes of older people in rural and/or remote communities. Inappropriate selection of government policy/strategy that impact the ageing outcomes of older people in rural and/or remote communities.
Appraisal of health program/service and best practice recommendations 30%
Excellent selection and critical appraisal of health service and best practice recommendations. Very good selection and critical appraisal of health service and best practice recommendations. Good selection and critical appraisal of health service and best practice recommendations. Adequate selection and minimal appraisal of health service and best practice recommendations. Inappropriate selection and poor appraisal of health service and best practice recommendations.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please submit your assessment via Moodle in Microsoft Word format only. Do NOT submit in PDF or any other format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Determine the impact of unique factors associated with ageing in rural and remote populations

4. Evaluate community and health services and their applicability to meet the healthy ageing needs of rural and remote populations.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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