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Advanced Aged Care Nursing Model

The population is aging driving up demand for services able to meet the needs of older people, while simultaneously contracting workforce capacity to meet this demand. And the consumer of these services are becoming more and more discerning, demanding care and support that is tailored to their unique needs and circumstances, but that does not diminish their own capacity for self-determination. Consumers are reluctant to leave their homes and enter long-term care and government funding and policy promote community based support to stem the demand for residential aged care. Together, these two forces are leading to a people requiring more advanced nursing support in their homes and in residential aged care.

The skills of those charged with caring for older people in residential and community settings will have to continually advance if they hope to deliver person-centred aged care. And there is already a steady and inexorable advancement of non-registered carers and enrolled nurses as they take on more and more of the responsibilities that were once the sole domain of the registered nurse. Registered nurses' roles and responsibilities are also changing. They must be the clinical leaders ensuring that the care that is delivered is evidence-based and holistic. Registered nurses will need advanced assessment skills and be able to make autonomous clinical decisions to ensure that the older person does not have to leave their homes unnecessarily. They will become the specialists in palliative care, restorative care, chronic disease management, and dementia care. The RN is the care coordinator, charged with developing care plans in collaboration with the older person and the range of health professionals in an interdisciplinary team (most of which will be community based providers). They will design the care models and work arrangements that best delivers person-centred aged care where staff and older people can be the best they can be.

Elise and Sue Crocker are passionate about advancing nursing, and have worked together for many years to advance rural nursing in emergency and primary care settings.  With Elise's long history as a clinical nurse, manager and government advisor in aged care and Sue's background in advacned evidenced based cnursing practice, they cover every possible dimension of establishing the Advanced Aged Care Model. 

Advanced Aged Care Nursing Program

A blended learning professional development program designed to enable registered nurses to:

  • Perform advanced assessment
  • Recognise the deteriorating older person
  • Draw on the current evidence to guide clinical practice
  • Develop high level skills and care planning and coordination that engages the older person and their families
  • review and adapt the organisational policies to support advanced nursing practice

To registered your interest in this Program, please contact Elise on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Expert consulting and advisory service

To assist you in navigating and steering this transformation process, the following expert services are offered:

  • Review the current model of care
  • Develop a Change Management Plan to establish the advanced aged care nursing model
  • Support the introduction of the Advanced Aged Care Nursing Model, including the clinical risk management framework to ensure practice is based on current evidence

If you would like to discuss your special circumstances and vision, please contact Elise.