Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of General Practice
OfferedNotting Hill First semester 2015 (Online)
Notting Hill Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ian Chenoweth


This unit aims to give students broad understanding of the current and future impacts of chronic disease management on primary care, together with knowledge of models and systems of response, and particular skills to use in their workplace.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe contemporary understandings of Chronic Disease in Primary Care, especially the demographic changes, lifestyle factors and other social determinants of health.
  2. Describe responses to the challenges of Chronic Disease Management as embodied in models such as the Chronic Care Model (Wagner) and the Australian responses to the challenges of this field.
  3. Demonstrate skills of Motivational Interviewing and in applying the SNAP model in addressing lifestyle issues with patients.
  4. Evaluate their current work-place performance in managing chronic disease utilising audits and a systems approach.
  5. Plan change within their current work-place to improve Chronic Disease Management, utilising their previous evaluations, known effective interventions and published guides, templates and financial modelling.


Students are already working in the field - no extra time is needed for completion of this unit


Essay (1,500 words) (25%)
Recording and report (1,500 words) (25%)
Report (1,500 words) (25%)
Report (1,500 words) (25%)

Workload requirements

15-20 hours per week for 6 weeks. There are no requirements of on-campus learning. Private study will involve reading, searching online for associated materials, planning and implementing the assessment tasks where indicated.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Students in non award programs (single unit / cross institutional enrolment): Applicants must have a medical degree or other health practitioner degree and be currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), or a similar local national registration body. Applicants who do not have a registrable degree with AHPRA or similar will be required to have the appropriate bachelors degree or equivalent. A minimum of 2 years vocational experience in a general practice setting is essential for both Australian and International applicants.


Enrolment in Master of Family Medicine.