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Chronic and complex care

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This unit of study explores the impetus for change in conventional health service delivery and the issues related to providing health services for people with chronic disease. Nurses manage patients with chronic and complex issues and, in doing so, need to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. Students explore issues in the management of clients in their care by critiquing appropriate models of care, patient assessment and management. Themes in this unit of study refer to epidemiology, models of care, collaborative case management, assessment (principles and application), patient management, disease progression, medication management, enhanced primary care, as well as bioethical and psychosocial issues.

Chronic and complex care

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing 

PG unit of study





Fee*Tier 1

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Maria Baric MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Landscapes and chronic illness

a) Identify the national and international initatives informing chronic care management in Australia

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: Models of care

b) Relate evidence-based guidelines to benchmark existing models of chronic care

Assessment 2 Short answer essay x 2 (1000 words each)



Theme 3: Nursing assessment

c) Discuss the unique illness trajectory of clients with chronic care

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 4: Nursing support

d) Evaluate the care of clients with chronic illness to develop strategies that are client-centereed and sensitive to the needs of clients from diverse groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD backgrounds




Theme 5: Engaged patients

e) Examine the nurses role in the care of clients with chronic care needs




Theme 6: Experiencing chronic illness

f) Reflect on your own values, attitudes and outlook in relation to chronic illness




Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.