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Online course

Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

As our lifespans increase, more and more of us are faced with the question: how can we care for older people more effectively?

Caring for Older People: a Partnership Model

Why join the course?

Deakin University has developed a partnership model of care that aims to build stronger and more beneficial relationships between older people and those who care for them. The aim of the partnership model is to ensure that healthcare services are more responsive to the needs and preferences of older people within a variety of care settings.

In this course, we’ll introduce you to the partnership model and provide you with some practical tools and strategies for creating your own care plan.

Discover how a partnership model of care benefits older people

We’ll start by introducing you to the partnership model by examining the purpose, significance of and rationale for more collaborative approaches to caring for older people. We’ll look at how the model works and what its benefits are for older people, their family and healthcare teams.

Create your own partnership-centred care plan

After exploring the principles of the partnership model, our Lead Educators will assist you to develop your own care plan to best meet the needs and preferences of older people.

Learn from the creators of the partnership model

The partnership model developed by Deakin University was established to create a positive environment for older people and offer care that is based on the best available evidence. Deakin University researchers and teaching staff produced this model in collaboration with aged care health professionals operating in real world settings. The model has been implemented in numerous public and private, metropolitan and rural aged care settings.

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What topics will you cover?

Ageing and some of the challenges it represents can be a daunting experience for older people, their family, friends and healthcare teams alike.

The purpose of this course is to help you better understand and address these challenges by:

  • understanding ageing from the perspective of older people and those who care for them
  • approaching the care of older people within a collaborative and partnership-centred model
  • promoting the wellbeing of older people by supporting their needs and preferences
  • creating a more positive environment for all by implementing a range of practical strategies.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe partnership-centred care.
  • Explain the benefits of a partnership-centred model of care for older people, their family and healthcare teams.
  • Explore how partnership-centred care strategies can be developed and applied to best support the needs and preferences of older people.

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for older people and anyone involved in their care, including family members, friends, care workers and healthcare professionals. There are no special requirements for this course.

What do people say about this course?

Thank you and I have enjoyed completing the course. The Tri-focal model of care will influence how I approach the care of my patients in the future.

Sharon Marshall

This course, for me, has formalised what I always thought was common sense and was not always put into practice. I have enjoyed the course and it has given me confidence, through evidence-based course material, to challenge families, carers and healthcare professionals when it appears that a person's preferences and needs do not seem to be taken into account. Thank you for the course.

Tracy Perkins

Who will you learn with?

Alison Hutchinson

Professor Alison Hutchinson is Chair in Nursing and Director of the Centre for Nursing Research at Monash Health and Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University.

Helen Forbes

Helen has extensive experience in teaching nursing students in a range of settings. Key interests include use of knowledge in practice to improve patient outcomes and teaching and learning practices.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 58,000 students studying online and on-campus.


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  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

  • Image of Harry with his doctor.
    Who's who in Harry's care team?

    Discover what some of the different perspectives of each partner-in-care within a partnership-centred approach might be.

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