Chronic Disease Support Program

1 day course $425.00 (Currently FULLY funded)

This program includes competency codes CHCCCS001 and CHCCCS023

A chronic disease is a serious medical condition or illness that is long lasting or recurrent. It is defined as a disease which has lasted or is expected to last for at least six months.

Chronic disease self management (CDSM) is defined by the Centre for the Advancement of Health as supporting the person with the chronic disease to engage in activities that protect and promote health monitoring and managing the symptoms and the signs of illness, managing the impact of illness on functioning, emotions and interpersonal relationships and adhering to treatment regimes.

The chronic disease self management support role is an integrated and shared healthcare approach that can enable a wider group of support for clients to self manage their chronic disease.

Chronic Disease Support Program

The Chronic Disease Self Management Support Program is a short course designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to support an individual or client with a chronic disease through assessing their chronic disease and risk factors, exploring readiness for change, identifying health behaviours to change and working with the client and their health professionals to develop a chronic disease self-management plan. The program is an ideal introduction for those new to chronic disease support or those wishing to enhance or refresh their knowledge and skills.

On successful completion of the program, students should have the ability to support qualified Health Practitioners, General Practitioner’s and other practitioners like Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health and other allied health professionals to work collaboratively with people managing chronic disease offers individuals a unique, client focused health outcome.

The program is driven by a desire to create better health for clients, reduced hospital admissions, better patient compliance and the provision of care by those best qualified to provide advice.

The included competencies are:

  • CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing

The Chronic Disease Support Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Chronic Disease Support Project.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the program cost?

    The Chronic Disease Support Program would normally cost $400.00 per student, but at the moment, fully funded registrations are available.

  • How long does the Program take to complete?

    The program will require approximately 60 hours to complete.

  • What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

    Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.

    The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.

  • How many CPD hours will I achieve for completing this Program?

    As a general guide, one hour (1) of active learning equates to one (1) hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours..

  • Who is funding these Programs?

    The federal Department of Health is currently funding the delivery of 75 Chronic Disease Support Programs over the next financial year, through to July 2018. The cost for your registration is being fully funded by the Department of Health under the Chronic Disease Support Project.

  • Can I book my own course?

    Yes. We have funding available to deliver courses for groups of between 12 to 20 students. If you have a group of more than 12 students, you can contact us directly and we can try and assist you with a program.

  • Who can attend the course?

    The course is designed to be delivered to a broad range of health professionals including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners, Registered and Enrolled Nurses, GP Registrars and General Practitioners.

  • Are there any pre-requisites?

    The Chronic Disease Support Program is designed as an introduction for professionals new to the field of chronic disease self-management.
    While there are no specific pre-requisites for entry to this program, we do advertise the program as being available for clinical staff as one of the assessment activities students are required to complete includes the development of three (3) chronic disease self-management plans. This would sit outside of the scope of practice for non-clinical staff. In order to complete this mandatory assessment requirement, non-clinicians would need to complete this activity with direct collaboration from a clinical peer, who would need to sign off on this activity.
    However, the course does provide a great overview of the management of chronic disease in the primary health sector and could potentially be of benefit for non-clinicians to complete to gain a better understanding of chronic disease management options. Prior to completing your registration, we would you encourage you to consider whether you have the resources to collaborate with a clinical peer to complete your assessment.

  • What do I receive at the completion of the program?

    At the completion of the program, successful students will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment for the Chronic Disease Support Program.

    A nationally recognised Statement of Attainment lists the individual unit or units of competency that a student has completed. It is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). 

  • Will I need to do a test?

    Yes. As a nationally accredited program, we are required to gain evidence of your competency. During your workshop you will be provided with a printed copy of the theory assessment that needs to be completed and returned to The Benchmarque Group.

  • How do you gain evidence of competency?

    We assess competency in 2 ways.

    1. During the one (1) day lecture and workshop, you will be required to complete a number of practical skills demonstrations. These will be assessed during the workshop by the endorsed facilitator.
    2. You are required to complete the written assessment portfolio and submit it to The Benchmarque Group.

  • How long do I have to complete the assessment?

    12 months. The time is calculated from when a student is provided with online access to their assessment. Within the BenchmarqueIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 6 months to complete and submit all required assessment activities. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure an assessment is completed on time. At the completion of the 6 month period, students can request up to a maximum of 2 extensions, each extension being for a period of 90 days. If requesting a second extension, the request must be in writing.

  • What if I cannot complete the assessment in the allocated time?

    If the entire 12 month period expires and a final assessment has not been submitted, The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to deem the assessment Not Competent and remove the student from the program.

  • How many times can I submit my assessment?

    If you are deemed Not Yet Competent on your first and second assessment submissions, feedback will be provided. It is very important that you read all the feedback provided. The Assessor will have identified any areas where additional evidence is required or any questions that need to be reviewed and resubmitted. If, after 3 unsuccessful submissions, you are unable to demonstrate competency on your assessment, your assessment will be deemed Not Competent. Feedback will be provided to you and what the possible following steps and outcomes are.

  • Am I required to provide feedback?

    Yes. At the start and finish of your workshop, you will be asked to provide feedback. It is very important that you assist us by completing these feedback sheets to enable us to improve our courses and future delivery of our programs.

Snapshot

Course Outline

The Chronic Disease Support Program is designed as an introduction for professionals new to the field of chronic disease self-management.

The program explores a range of topics including assessing risk factors, readiness for change and health behaviours, while working with both the client and their health professionals to develop a chronic disease self-management plan.

The program is driven by a desire to create better health for clients, reduced hospital admissions, better patient compliance and the provision of care by those best qualified to provide advice.

The Benchmarque Group has been engaged by the federal Department of Health to deliver a program that will be suitable for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners, nurses, general practitioners and a range of clinicians to work collaboratively with people managing chronic disease, supporting the delivery of client focused health outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this program, students should have:

• A greater understanding of chronic disease, risk factors and high-risk population groups
• The skills and knowledge to assess and support an individual with a chronic disease
• The ability to apply a broad knowledge of management strategies, client centred education and related support in the area of chronic disease
• Be able to assist an individual to develop a chronic disease self-management plan which includes risk factors and areas for health behaviour change

Units of Competency

• CHCCCS001 - Address the needs of people with chronic disease
• CHCCCS023 - Support independence and well being

Entry Requirements

• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Allied Health Worker
• Social and Emotional Wellbeing Worker
• Other

Pre Reading

Following successful registration, students are provided with essential and recommended reading related to chronic disease. Information within the pre-reading offers an overview of various aspects of chronic disease which are discussed during the face to face workshop.

Course Delivery

• One (1) day face to face workshop
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Workplace activity
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ

Assessment Requirements

To achieve competency in this course, students must:

• Demonstrate competency through a range of classroom-based case studies and scenarios
• Competently complete an assessment covering essential knowledge and skills.
• Complete workplace practice.

All workplace activities must be completed in accordance with work health and safety standards and all other relevant workplace policies and procedures.

What to expect

The session involves several interactive group activities covering various aspects of chronic disease self-management, developing a self-management plan and group case studies.

What to bring

All course materials are supplied. Students find having a few different coloured pens and a highlighter can be useful.

Estimated hours of study (including assessment)

60 hours

Assessment Period

12 months.

The time is calculated from when a student is provided with online access to their assessment. Within the BenchmarqueIQ platform, students will be provided an initial 6 months to complete and submit all required assessment activities. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure an assessment is completed on time. At the completion of the 6 month period, students can request up to a maximum of 2 extensions, each extension being for a period of 90 days. If requesting a second extension, the request must be in writing.

If the entire 12 month period expires and a final assessment has not been submitted, The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to deem the assessment Not Competent and remove the student from the program.

CPD Hours

As a general guide, one hour (1) of active learning equates to one (1) hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.

Endorsements

The Australian Primary Care Nurses Association (APNA)