NUR3005 - Chronic illness management in primary care - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Mrs Nelly Foley


Ms Judy Clayton (Clayton)
Nellie Foley (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


(NUR2002 or NUR2106 or NUR2226) and (NUR2004 or NUR2206 or NUR2228) and (NUR2104 or NUR2107)


Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 4514.


This unit focuses on multi-disciplinary care and models of care delivery with an emphasis on ageing, chronic and life limiting illness. With the evolving role of the nurse as primary care providers it introduces the student to the issues facing older people and will include healthy ageing, the ageing process, polypharmacy, lifestyle issues, advanced health assessment related to people with complex health needs and legal and ethical issues associated with aging, chronic illness and palliative care.


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

  1. discuss perspectives, and the physical, psychological and social aspects of ageing in the context of health and illness in older people in our community
  2. describe the impact of ageing and chronic illness on clients, families and carers and apply this to discharge planning bridging the transition from acute care to primary care and palliative care
  3. analyse the legal and ethical issues that arise from changes to cognition, chronic and life limiting illness such as challenges to autonomy, protection of patients, quality of life and euthanasia
  4. differentiate the roles of nurses working in multidisciplinary teams, who care for people with chronic and/or life limiting illness in different health care environments
  5. utilise holistic health assessment skills to assess the complex health needs of older adults and people with chronic and life limiting illness in relation to physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs
  6. demonstrate and evaluate a range of evidenced based interventions that support the person experiencing complex care needs associated with living with a chronic illness
  7. identify the primary care resources for people with issues related to ageing, chronic and life limiting illness in the community
  8. utilise health promotion, supportive and palliative approaches to care for people with chronic and life limiting illness in a range of health care settings.


Clinical placement: Two (2) weeks (80 hours).


  • iSAP Case Study (2,250 words) (35%)
  • Essay (3,000 words) (45%) (Hurdle)
  • Two week Clinical Practicum Appraisal (20%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

Two (2) hours of lecture per week, Two (2) hours of tutorial, Four (4) hours guided study per week, Two (2) weeks of clinical placement at five (5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week, 80 hours in total).

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