Course Code 10531NAT
The Graduate Certificate program is delivered in a unique 4 day conference style course, with students having an opportunity to immerse themselves in the chronic disease management space.
The conference style format is supported by two self-directed assessments (Assessment One can be completed prior to the conference) offering students the benefit of classroom based learning with the flexibility of online distance-based assessments.
Start NOW: The re-designed program allows you to access Assessment One – the core element of the course assessment*. Assessment One requires approximately 400 hours of learning and having immediate access allows you to commence course work straight away. Students have a total of 12 months to submit the assessment.
Graduate Certificate in Advising on CDSM
The course provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with clients in the role of a CDSM Advisor and Educator.
A CDSM Advisor provides an integrated and collaborative healthcare approach enabling a wider network of support for self-management of chronic diseases.
The advisor’s role acknowledges that one person or organisation does not need to provide everything for self-management support. The skill to identify what will best meet a person’s needs, know what options are available, how to access support and reinforce messages given by other health care professionals are paramount to the role.
The advisory role is based upon a preventative and proactive approach and includes:
- Education regarding their chronic disease
- How to best manage their condition, using researched and approved best practice guidelines
- Use of self-management care models that are best suited to the patient’s needs
- Collaborative formulation of an agreed plan for the patient to follow
- The use of subjective/objective measures to define and assess goal achievement
- Support/advice on how to best accomplish these goals through identifying barriers to behavioural changes and lifestyle modification advice
- Collaborative revision of the plan as required
- Assistance of other people or agencies to assist with the attainment of these goals
- Integration and collaboration between community organisations and clinical management
- Understand and improve inter-professional relationships.
* please note assessments made available from 1st March 2017
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the course cost?
The Graduate Certificate in Advising on Chronic Disease Self Management costs $2950.00.
Payment Plans are also available – Pay a $600 deposit (or $300 if you qualify for 20% discount) to secure your place and pay the remainder of the fee in 10 monthly instalments. Instalments commence the month after your registration.
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/points will I achieve for completing this Program?
120 CPD Hours.
For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 120 CPD Hours.
For all other health professionals completing this program, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.
How long does the course take?
The course includes 4 days of delivery. For 2017, the course will be delivered over 4 consecutive days. This is followed by 9-12 months of self-directed study.
Do I need to attend all 4 days of training?
Yes. It is a requirement that you attend all 4 days.
Can I book my own course?
Yes. If you have a group of between 8 and 16 students, you can book your own course.
Onsite courses offer organisations the opportunity to book and schedule courses to meet the specific needs of their own staff. Onsite courses booked with The Benchmarque Group can be contextualised to meet the specific needs of your organisation and can be scheduled for a date and time to best suit your staff.
Onsite courses are often used as an opportunity to create whole of organisation change in managing certain clinical procedures, screening activities and outcomes.
What do I receive at the completion of the course?
At the completion of the course, successful students will receive a nationally accredited Graduate Certificate in Advising on Chronic Disease Self Management.
A nationally recognised Graduate Certificate lists the individual unit or units of competency that a student has completed. It is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
How do you gain evidence of competency?
We assess competency in 2 ways.
During the workshop, you will be required to complete a number of practical skills demonstrations. These will be assessed during the workshop by the endorsed facilitator.
You are required to complete the assessment portfolio and submit it for assessment.
How long does the assessment take?
The Graduate Certificate in Advising on Chronic Disease Self Management will require approximately 400 hours of study including essential reading, external reading and completion of the online assessment.
How long do I have to complete the assessment?
We encourage you to complete your assessment within 20 weeks of finishing your study days, however, you have up to 12 months to submit it. During this time, we will send you some friendly reminders.
The course provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with clients in the role of a CDSM Advisor and Educator. A CDSM Advisor provides an integrated and collaborative healthcare approach enabling a wider network of support for self-management of chronic diseases. The advisor’s role acknowledges that one person or organisation does not need to provide everything for self-management support. The skill to identify what will best meet a person’s needs, know what options are available, how to access support and reinforce messages given by other health care professionals are paramount to the role.
At the completion of the program, successful students will have the pre-requisite skills and knowledge to implement independent services and practice within their workplace. These skills include:
• Manage change within a practice model
• Develop a business plan to support implementation of dynamic health initiatives
• Manage screening programs and identify clients at risk of chronic disease
• Manage client recall
• Implement systems for and support client consultation
• Implement client supported clinical pathways
• Managing the business of chronic disease.
Units of Competency
• CHCICS406B Support client self-management
• CHCICS407A Support positive lifestyle
• CDMCDM801B Communicate in a chronic disease management health setting
• CDMACS802B Apply lifestyle coaching skills in a health setting
• CDMDIM803B Develop and implement chronic disease self-management programs
• CDMFCP804B Facilitate client participation in a chronic disease self-management programs
• CHCPOL701B Use research evidence to advance policy and practice
• CDMDMS805B Develop marketing strategies for chronic disease management
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
The Benchmarque Group will supply all required textbooks and resources to you once your registration has been finalised. Some online assessment activities and reading is required prior to attending the workshop.
• Four (4) day face to face workshop
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Mandatory third party observed workplace activity
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ
Estimated hours of study
715 hours of active learning
To achieve competency in the course participants must: Achieve 80% pass in all written assessments tasks.
If one achieves less than 80% Benchmarque provides feedback and support prior to reattempting the assessment.
What to expect
Over the 4 study days students will be actively involved in discussion groups covering the broad range of CDSM topics, care planning activities, coaching sessions and bringing it together with a final complex case study presentation.
What to bring
All course materials are supplied. Students find having a few different coloured pens and a highlighter can be useful, and eye glasses, if required, for close work.
As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one 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.
The course has achieved the status of Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) Endorsement. The Australian Primary Care Nurses Association (APNA)