Management of Common Chronic Conditions

Subject GENP90012 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Distance education

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is conducted via distance education.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
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Students are required to have access to a computer with e-mail application and a web browser. Technical support is not available from the University of Melbourne in setting up such a system.

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :


Assoc Prof Kelsey Hegarty


Bernie Cooper,
Subject Overview: This subject focuses on the role of the primary care nurse in the management of individuals with asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease, hypertension and ischemic heart disease. The course content includes the pathophysiology of these common conditions related to evidence based management principles and conducting health assessments. Strategies to involve patients in educational activities and the development of their management plans will be explored.

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand the pathophysiology of asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease, hypertension and ischemic heart disease
  • Describe the current management guidelines for these conditions
  • Contribute to a multidisciplinary team approach to care for individuals with common chronic diseases
  • Establish and maintain good linkages with community resources and services
  • Provide effective education and support in the management of common chronic diseases
  • Two 1,500-word case studies due mid-semester (60%)
  • Resource folio equivalent to 1,000 words due end of semester (40%)

Students must achieve a cumulative mark of at least 50% in order to pass the subject

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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • further enhanced oral and written skills
  • further enhanced clinical skills
  • enhanced skills in effective teamwork
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing

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