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Health Across the Lifespan: Adult Acute Health Issues (10198.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nursing


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For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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This unit develops a focused understanding of the acute health issues experienced by adults in the Australian community. The unit follows on from Health Across the Lifespan: Child and Family Health developing understanding of the acute health needs of adults.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Communicate a conceptual understanding of the care of an adult patient experiencing acute health issues;

2. Differentiate the care needs of adults experiencing acute medical, trauma and/or surgical health issues;

3. Plan the assessment and care of adults experiencing acute medical, trauma and/or surgical health issues;

4. Articulate the evidence underpinning the guidelines for safe and quality use of medicines and blood related products in acute adult care settings; and

5. Demonstrate the importance of incorporating patients and families into the planning, delivery and evaluation of care in adults experiencing acute health issues.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week, consisting of 1 hour online preparation for Interactive Workshop and 2 hours Interactive Workshops.




Must be enrolled in 885AA/364JA Bachelor of Nursing or 365JA Bachelor of Nursing Advanced. Must be enrolled in or have already passed 10206 Integrating Nursing Concepts 4 OR 9061 Learning for Professional Practice 4.

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