Unit description

Examines common chronic and complex health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease including the pathophysiology of these conditions.  Students will focus on a patient centred model of care that includes the interprofessional team and will demonstrate the provision of effective education and support to help patients in the self management of their conditions. This unit will include caring for chronic conditions in indigenous communities and other Cultural and Linguistically Diverse [CALD] communities.

Unit content

  1. Common chronic conditions
  2. Chronic conditions in Indigenous and CALD communities
  3. Self-management principles and practices
  4. Health Literacy and Health Education
  5. Motivational interviewing and health coaching
  6. Inter-professional management of chronic illness

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

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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