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REHB707 Rehabilitation for the Older Adult

The paper emphasises rehabilitation and management of conditions that cause impairment and activity limitation in older adults such as falls and cognitive impairment.

The paper also deals with the management of disability and activity limitation and participation restrictions in the older adult, including depression and dementia, fractures, multiple problems, dying and death.

Paper title Rehabilitation for the Older Adult
Paper code REHB707
Subject Rehabilitation
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipRehab, PGCertRehab, PGDipPhty, PGDipHealSc, MPhty

Suitable for people who hold a degree or diploma from a New Zealand university or are in an appropriate profession approved by the academic board.

If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

Teaching staff
Professor Mark Weatherall
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-day compulsory seminar held at the University of Otago Wellington campus.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this paper students will demonstrate understanding of
  • The nature of ageing in the individual human being and the implications for function
  • The changing age structure of the New Zealand population and its implications
  • The types and causes of disability affecting older people in New Zealand
  • The principles underlying management of older people with ill health and disability
  • The key medical conditions, excluding stroke, contributing to disability in older people and principles of management
  • An approach to falls in older people
  • The principles of iatrogenic disease and disability and its prevention
  • The principles underlying the use of drugs in older people
  • The management of urinary incontinence, constipation, pressure areas, sleep and depression
  • The principles of rehabilitation in older people, issues for caregivers, institutional and home care, and service provision for older people and driving

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Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system