HNN329 - Chronic Illness and Supportive Care


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule:

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

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Annika Malmstrom Zinkel
Warrnambool: Sophie O’Keeffe
CBD/NIKERI Institute: Elijah Marangu


All of HNN114, HNN215, HNN222, HNN227



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will spend on average 300 hours over the trimester undertaking synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning activities for this unit.

This will include 14 hours of synchronous learning activities and an 160 hour professional experience placement. Students will spend 14 hours undertaking guided asynchronous learning activities.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour seminar per week
1 x 2 hour simulation per week 
160 hours of clinical placement


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Department of Health – Safety Screening Requirements - Police Record Check, Working With Children Check and Immunisation Status

In accordance with the Department of Health policy, all students are required to undertake a Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Worker Screening Act 2020, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their 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 are 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.


This unit is one of two within the Clinical Studies Cluster: Year 3. The unit aims to provide opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skills related specifically to the assessment and management of patients experiencing chronic illness and multi-comorbidity in a variety of settings.

Students will apply an understanding of pathophysiology to select chronic illnesses. Using the nursing process students will assess, identify risk, manage symptoms, apply, and evaluate interventions to optimise outcomes and minimise the impact of chronic illness on patients’ wellbeing and functional abilities.

During a four (4) week professional experience placement students will have the opportunity to develop mindsets and apply knowledge and skills learned in this unit and previous units.

Hurdle requirement

  • Clinical Skills Peer Review - Pass/Fail
  • Professional experience placement - Pass/Fail

Unit Fee Information

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