1 x 16-hour workshop once-only
1 x 80-hour on-line exercises per semester
1 x 15-hour project work once-only
Enrolment not permitted
MHSC8101 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
An undergraduate qualification and experience in a health science or health-related discipline (including nursing, allied health professionals and welfare sector). Other health workers by negotiation with the course coordinator
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 enhanced 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
The topic aims to provide each participant with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and confidence to:

1. Understand the theory and evidence for chronic condition self-management

2. Understand and develop capacity in using the Flinders Program tools for the self-management assessment process and self-management care planning.

3. Utilise a range of self-management interventions and strategies

4. Understand a range of behavioural change theories

5. Obtain key information on coping strategies and interventions

6. Independently and critically evaluate the range of internationally recognised approaches, new ideas and developments for managing chronic conditions

7. Independently translate these into effective and sustainable practice
Expected learning outcomes
  1. Possess a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the issues facing health services as they attempt to address the growing demands placed upon them by chronic diseases.

  2. Analyse and compare 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. with other health workers and support providers

  4. Demonstrate understanding and effectiveness in the use of generic self management care planning tools (the Flinders Program)

  5. Demonstrated 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 (the Stanford Course, the 5 As, peer support, health coaching, care planning)

  6. Independently examine, develop and evaluate sustainable models for using these tools in your regular work with people with chronic conditions.