Explore acute and chronic medical conditions across multiple biological systems. Older persons require a multi-faceted approach to care and the gerontological specialisation will support you to undertake risk assessment, clinical decision-making and to implement risk mitigation strategies to ensure the delivery of quality and safe care to older persons.

You’ll study key concepts of health and wellness, aged-related health conditions, pain, pharmacotherapy and comprehensive risk assessment, as well as concepts of patient’s rights, governance frameworks, continuous improvement systems, loss and grief, elder abuse and behaviours and perceptions of older persons to enable you to practice inclusive, respectful, person and family-centred care in the gerontological setting.

Career opportunities

Studying this specialisation can lead to a career as a: 

  • clinical nurse specialist
  • clinical nurse consultant,
  • nurse unit manager/associate nurse unit manager
  • ward educator
  • clinical education programs coordinator
  • an academic in undergraduate education

Industry partnerships

ACU is proud to partner with:

  • Ballarat Health Service
  • Bendigo Health
  • Northern Health
  • St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
  • The Prince Charles Hospital Brisbane
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Completion requirements

This Specialisation consists of 20cp.

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

  • NRSG528Gerontological Nursing: Promoting Health and Wellness in Older Persons10 CP
  • NRSG529Gerontological Nursing: Comprehensive Care for Older Persons10 CP

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