Ageism Online Learning Module

Welcome to the WA Country Health Service and WA Primary Health Alliance Ageism module. This module has been developed by funding from the Australian Government Primary Health Network (PHN) Program.

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This learning resource has been produced to facilitate :

  • Awareness of ageism
  • Promote positive change in how we think about ageing
  • What it means to be an older version of ourselves.

Ageism and stereotypical views of older people can lead to prejudiced attitudes, devaluing older people and social exclusion.

This module addresses the issue of ageism towards older people; the negative attitudes towards getting older and towards older people; the different categories of ageism and it explores how we carry our personal beliefs, experience and perceptions about ageing into the workplace.

Questions about this resource can be directed to the WACHS learning and Development team by email to or

Feedback can be provided via the evaluation link at the end of this product.

This program is appropriate for all levels of staff working across the continuum of care in health and for any community members

This module will help you identify, understand and challenge ageist beliefs and behaviours as they occur in your home, workplace or community.

On completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Define ageism
  • Identify ageist beliefs and behaviours
  • Identify common stereotypes about ageing and older people
  • Understand how ageism impacts older people
  • Identify ways in which ageism can be challenged and positive ageing promoted
  • Commit to taking action in personal, family and work life to promote a more positive culture towards ageing

For further information please contact:

Christine Hunter,

Lesley Pearson,

This project is a collaborative approach between WA Country Health Service and WA Primary Health Alliance.


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