CDMFCP804B Facilitate client participation in a chronic disease self-management program.
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Care for people with chronic disease is a major challenge confronting the Australian health system, with more than 77% of Australians reporting one or more long-term health problems and more than half of those aged 65 years and older having five or more conditions (1).
87% of the population attend general practitioners at least once each year, and general practice provides the majority of care to patients with chronic illness, especially those with mild to moderately severe disease (2). With a systematic approach to the management of Chronic Disease, general practice can provide good quality of care for patients with the most high-prevalence long-term conditions.
Screening and Identifying Chronic Disease in Primary Health Program
The Screening and Identifying Chronic Disease in Primary Health Program delivered by The Benchmarque Group is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Support Project and is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to support improved outcomes for patients within the framework of primary and preventative care.
The Screening and Identifying Chronic Disease in Primary Health Program is an online program delivered via BenchmarqueIQ, our online learning portal. The program focuses on health assessment and screening activities to identify, support and manage patients with chronic disease, and examines how the health service can provide optimum care when obtaining a patient’s history, performing clinic audits, recruiting patients (target groups) and accurately utilising Medicare item numbers to support patients through care planning and team care arrangements.
Accurate Health assessment is fundamental to establishing a pathway for individuals within the health care system regarding their primary disease management, care planning and funding models.
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2017), Gender Indicators, Australia, Sep 2017, <http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4125.0~Sep%202017~Main%20Features~Health~6>, accessed Nov 2017.
2 Pegram R, Daniel J, Harris M, et al. General practice in Australia 2004. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 2005.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the program cost?
This program is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Support Project and there is no cost to students.
How is this course different to the other Chronic Disease Programs offered by The Benchmarque Group?
The Benchmarque Group have 3 courses that focus on management of chronic disease.
The Screening and Identifying Chronic Disease in Primary Health program explores ways that primary health organisations can more efficiently screen and proactively identify patients managing chronic disease. Accurate Health assessment is fundamental to establishing a pathway for individuals within the health care system regarding their primary disease management, care planning and funding models.
The Chronic Disease Support Program is focussed on students having an understanding of chronic disease within Australia and the broad principles that can be implemented to support improved patient outcomes. The course provides skills and knowledge to support a 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 Graduate Certificate in Advising on Chronic Disease is designed to be focused on the skills and knowledge of the individual practitioner work collaboratively with clients in the role of a CDSM Advisor. The program explores the use of self-management care models that are best suited to the patient’s needs, collaborative formulation of management plans and skills to support patients to access services to assist with the attainment of these goals.
How long does the program take?
The course is delivered entirely online and we estimate a total of 60 hours of active learning.
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 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. For this program we estimate a total of 60 hours of active learning.
For all 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 do I have to complete the course?
We encourage you to complete your assessment within 20 weeks of completing your workshop, however, you have up to 12 months to submit it. During this time, we will send you some friendly reminders.
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.
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 Screening and Identifying Chronic Disease in Primary Health Program this includes the accredited unit of competency CDMFCP804B Facilitate client participation in a chronic disease self-management 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).
The Screening and identifying Chronic Disease in Primary Health Program focuses on health assessment and screening activities to identify, support and manage patients with chronic disease.
It examines how the health service can provide optimum care by performing clinic audits, recruiting patients (target groups) and accurately utilising Medicare item numbers to support patients through care planning and team care arrangements.
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.
On completion of this course the student should be able to:
• Have an overview of chronic disease in Australia
• Understand population health, disease prevalence, and an understanding of who is at risk and why?
• Have the ability to identify local populations with chronic disease using a range of screening tools
• Understand available funding Models
• Implement and review a range of chronic disease management tools including GP Management Plans and Team Care Arrangements
• Be able to conduct a comprehensive patient history
• Support and understand the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patients
• Implement ongoing continuous quality improvement
Units of Competency
• CDMFCP804B Facilitate client participation in a chronic disease self-management program
• 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
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ
To achieve competency in this course, students must competently complete a written assessment covering essential knowledge and skills. The assessment includes a series of case study examples.
What to expect
All materials are delivered via online access to learning materials, video and other resources.
What to bring
As this is a distance-based course, a computer and internet access is essential.
Estimated hours of study (including assessment)
The time is calculated from when a student receives and opens 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.
As a general guide, one (1) hour 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.