Chronic Disease Management

Subject GENP60004 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Students are required to conduct assessments in the workplace or clinics (10 hours)
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students undertaking this subject via the Community Access Program (CAP) must provide all the following supporting documents when applying:

  • Evidence of National Division 1 Registration
  • Certified copies of academic transcript from undergraduate degree
  • Evidence of at least one year professional experience in a clinical setting (the provision of a CV is not sufficient; an example of valid evidence is a letter or reference or an employment contract)
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Kelsey Hegarty


Academic Contact:

A/Prof Kelsey Hegarty
Phone: 03 8344 4992

Administrative Contact:

Weilun Nien
Phone: 03 9035 3821

Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on the role of the primary care nurse in the management of individuals with diabetes, 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. The principles of care will be explored with a focus on the scope of practice of the nurse providing clinical care, psychosocial support and education within a multidisciplinary framework.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Understand the pathophysiology of diabetes, 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 1500-word case studies one due mid semester 1 and the other due mid semester 2 (40%)
  • Resource folio equivalent to 2500 words due end of semester 1 (20%)
  • 2500 word written assignment due end of year (40%)
  • Reflective journal (equivalent to 1000 words) due end of year (Pass/fail hurdle requirement)

In order to pass this hurdle requirement students must demonstrate that they have read and understood the materials related to the tasks and can apply the principles and evidence based guidelines to the context in which they work.

  • Clinical Audit of 10 patients equivalent to 1000 words, due at the end of year (Pass/fail hurdle requirement)

In order to pass this hurdle requirement, students must demonstrate that they have analysed the data, compared the results to the recommended clinical targets and evaluated the barriers/enablers that may account for discrepancies.

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

Prescribed Texts:

All reading materials and workbooks provided to distance students.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of the subject students should be able to demonstrate

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

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