Unit description

Explores nursing responses to changes in health status. Builds upon knowledge and skills relevant to a wide range of primary care cases. Through case-based learning students will problem solve, build upon and apply knowledge and skills, promote independence and wellbeing related to chronic illness and disability. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of comprehensive functional assessment and the application of pharmaco-therapeutics in chronic disease and disability.

Unit content

  • Addressing national health priorities
  • Principles of disease and models of disease prevention
  • Models of health education and promoting health literacy
  • Community needs assessment and capacity building
  • Functional assessment:
    • cardiac and respiratory function
    • renal and gastro-intestinal function
    • cardiac and respiratory function
    • central nervous system
    • skin and musculoskeletal system
  • Introduction to palliative care
  • Pain theory
  • Pharmacological concepts in pain management
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in:
    • palliative care
    • chronic respiratory disease
    • chronic renal, urinary and gastro-intestinal disorders
    • chronic nervous and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Nursing care strategies in caring for sufferers of a chronic illness
  • Medication calculation and administration
  • Principles of intravenous medication administration

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • There will be weekly readings set from this text, so purchase is advised: Esther Chang and Amanda Johnson, 2013, Chronic Illness and Disability , 2nd edn, Elsevier Australia, Australia. ISBN: 9780729541619.
  • This book is a great resource text, but you do not have to purchase this particular version. Any clinical skills text will be ok. Mostly for Intensives: Jacqueline Bloomfield, Anne Pegram, Rhonda Wilson, Alan Pearson, Nicholas Procter, 2016, Clinical Nursing Skills: An Australian Perspective , 1st edn, Cambridge Universiy Press, Great Britain. ISBN: 9781316620212.
  • This pathophysiology text is the one the course will be using, but you may use your own if you already own one: Sheila Grossman and Carol Mattson Porth , 2013, Porth's Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States, 9th edn, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, United States. ISBN: 9781451146004.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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