Unit description

Examines chronic disease within Indigenous Australian populations. Introduces students to principles of chronic care, focussing on primary care and prevention.  Supporting self-management of chronic conditions is explored.  The importance of providing culturally competent services and developing positive therapeutic relationships is discussed.   

Unit content

Topic 1: The antecedents to the high prevalence of chronic conditions within Indigenous populations
Topic 2:  The role of primary care providers in prevention,  screening,  assessment, treatment and referral for Indigenous clients
Topic 3:  Provision of accessible and culturally competent chronic care; inclusion of family networks

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour/week (12 weeks)
Residential session 6 hours/day (24 hours total) (4 days)
Annotated bibliography30%

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