Chronic Disease Management: In Practice

Subject NURS90105 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: No contact hours - subject is delivered online
Total Time Commitment:


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

Students must be working in a clinical area that provides access to Primary Care type patients with chronic conditions. Access to patient data for clinical audit purpose is required.

For the purposes of considering requests 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 Overview, Objectives, 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:


Mrs Tracy Murphy


Administrative Coordinator
Weilun Nien

Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on the role of the primary care nurse in providing patient centred care within the context of chronic disease management. The lived experience of patients with chronic conditions is explored alongside the scope of nurse practice in the provision of clinical care, psychosocial support and patient education within a multidisciplinary framework. This subject builds on the knowledge of the pre-requisite subject, NURS90104 Chronic Disease Management: Foundations, and assists nurses in promoting chronic disease self-management based on the chronic care model.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Complete patient centred chronic disease management plans using current evidence based guidelines
  • Understand the importance of self-management in chronic disease and the barriers patients may face in adhering to recommendations
  • 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 using an empathetic and non–judgemental approach
  • Case study equivalent to 2000 words, Mid Semester, 30%
  • Resource Portfolio equivalent to 2500 words, End Semester, 60%
  • Clinical Audit equivalent to 500 words, End Semester, 10% (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.

  • Reflective journal 1000 words, End Semester, Pass/Fail (Hurdle Requirement)

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

Prescribed Texts: None
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

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