1 x 16-hour workshop per semester
1 x 8-hour practical per semester
1 x 80-hour on-line exercises per semester
1 x 16-hour project work per semester
1 Admission into BHS-Bachelor of Health Sciences
2 1 of HLTH1101, HLPE1541
3 Admission into BHSMOT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy
4 HLTH1101 - Health Promotion for Health Professionals
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or (3 and 4))
Enrolment not permitted
HLTH3009 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Basic understanding of principles of Primary Health Care (Socio-economic determinants of health, etc).
Assignments; Fieldwork; Practical Work; Online Tutorial Participation
Topic description

This topic examines the research base for self management and effective chronic condition management. It teaches the use and application of the generic Flinders Chronic Condition Self-management model and enables critical appraisal of other internationally recognised approaches. It leads to skills for clinicians in assessment of self management capacity and facilitating behavioural change for people with chronic illness. It includes consideration of problem identification, goal setting and motivational interviewing in relation to chronic physical and mental health conditions.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide each participant with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and confidence to:

  • Understand the theory and evidence for chronic condition self-management
  • Understand and develop capacity in using the Flinders Program tools for the self-management assessment process and self-management care planning
  • Utilise a range of self-management interventions and strategies
  • Identify a range of behavioural change processes
  • Independently and critically evaluate a range of internationally recognised approaches, new ideas and developments for managing chronic conditions
  • Consider how these approaches could be translated into effective practice
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Possess an emerging knowledge and understanding of the issues facing health services as they attempt to address the growing demands placed upon them by chronic diseases
  2. Consider major health behavioural change theories in relation to chronic conditions and risk factors
  3. Demonstrate effective use of communication skills, collaborative problem identification and goal setting with people with chronic conditions in practice and recognise the value of connection and collaboration
  4. Demonstrate understanding of and effectiveness in the use of generic self management care planning tools (the Flinders Program)
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of internationally recognised self-management approaches used to support people with chronic conditions or risk factors for chronic conditions
  6. Demonstrate understanding of sustainable models for using these tools in your future work with people with chronic conditions