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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 120
Availability Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Sue Mapletoft MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


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

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note 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 x2 10% 2, 9
Theme 2: Models of care b) relate evidence-based guidelines to benchmark existing models of chronic care Assessment 2: Short answer essay x2 (1,000 words each) 40% 3, 7
Theme 3: Nursing assessment c) discuss the unique illness trajectory of clients with chronic care Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Nursing support d) evaluate the care of clients with chronic illness to develop strategies that are client-centered 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.

Chronic and Complex Care (120) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.