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HNN319 - Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in course D355, D381, D387, H326, H329

Unit chair:

Monica Schoch

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Carmel Duff

Warrnambool: Suzanne Coulson

IKE: Gill Rea


All of HBS109, HNN114, HNN122 and HNN227



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 cloud (online) hour, 1 x 2 hour seminar, 1 x 2 hour simulation session per week and 80 hour clinical placement


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


This unit is one of three within the Clinical Studies Cluster: Year 3. The unit provides opportunities for students to develop understanding of the emerging perspectives of chronic illnesses and their psychosocial impact. Students will develop knowledge and skills relevant to the management of symptoms associated with a range of chronic illnesses and risk management strategies to promote quality patient outcomes. Students will explore the cognitive, social, and psychological impact of the burden of disease and the nurse’s role in the multidisciplinary team in providing supportive care for individuals living with chronic illness. During a two (2) week clinical placement students will have the opportunity to further develop and apply knowledge and skills learned in this unit and previous units.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (1000 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Examination (2 hours) 60%

Assessment task 3: Clinical assessment Pass/fail


Failure of the clinical component will lead to a fail in this unit and may lead to exclusion.

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Act

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

* Department of Human Services 2007, Service agreement information kit for funded organisations 2006–2009, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, retrieved 1 July 2007.

** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

Prescribed texts

Chang, E & Johnson, A 2014, Chronic illness & disability: principles for nursing practice, 2nd edn, Elsevier Australia

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