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Health Across the Lifespan: Chronic and Complex Care (10199.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nursing


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This unit develops students' capability in the provision of care and support for culturally and developmentally diverse people, across the lifespan, living with chronic and complex conditions. Chronic conditions account for approximately 80% of the total burden of disease and injury in Australia. The unit engages students with a person centred approach to planning, implementing and evaluating support and care for people living with a chronic health condition who are treated by multiple care providers across multiple settings. Students will critically engage with a continuum of care coordination including principles of self- management to, focused care coordination for people with complex, unstable and comorbid conditions during hospitalisation.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Articulate health promotion and primary care in the context of chronic and complex care;

2. Identify key self-management principles and strategies;

3. Discuss and practice motivational interviewing skills;

4. Critically analyse care coordination and self- management in the context of the risk of acute hospitalisation;

5. Demonstrate understanding of intensive (focused) care coordination for people with complex, unstable and comorbid conditions during hospitalisation, including early detection and secondary prevention strategies; and

6. Critically reflect on practice in the context of person and care centred care that is evidence informed and framed by communication, integration, resources and collaboration within a multi-disciplinary team.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week, consisting of 2 hour Interactive Workshop and 1 hour online Pre-interactive preparation.


10198 Health Across the Lifespan: Adult Acute Health Issues OR 9049 Nursing Caring and Inquiry: Foundational


Must be enrolled in 364JA Bachelor of Nursing or 365JA Bachelor of Nursing Advanced. Must be enrolled in 10207 Integrating Nursing Concepts 5 (Capstone 2) OR 9047 Learning for Professional Practice 5.

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

9048 Nursing Caring and Inquiry: Complexity

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