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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Ms Clare Palermo


This unit will provide students with advanced level skills in the management of individuals with chronic disease. It will build on the foundations of individual health profession clinical management of the major chronic diseases in Australia, (including but not exclusive to, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, renal disease, chronic airway diseases and poor mental health) and discuss new and emerging evidence based strategies for the management of chronic disease, including the principles of behaviour change, advanced assessment, self-management and skills for health education, motivational interviewing and health coaching. The barriers to changed behaviour and lifestyle will also be explored and discussed in the context of advanced level practice in this field with a focus on individual and small group management in the workplace.


On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define the most prevalent chronic diseases and discuss the health determinants and barriers and enablers for people with chronic disease who need to change their lifestyle;
  2. Describe the new innovations and emerging trends in management of chronic disease and evaluate their effectiveness in the management of people with chronic diseases;
  3. Demonstrate advanced level skills in new and innovative chronic disease assessment, behaviour change and management strategies;
  4. Analyse involvement in the care of people with a chronic disease and develop strategies for the improvement of services, systems or professional skills to improve outcomes for people with a chronic disease.


Critical analysis (2000 words)(20%)
Case Study (1000 words)(20%)
Management Practical/Audit and reflection (1000 words)(20%)
Behaviour change management plan (2000 words)(20%).

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Clare Palermo

Off-campus attendance requirements

2 x 8 hours lecture/practical residential delivered in block mode + 80
hours of private study (includes pre-reading, research into and preparation of assessment tasks)