HIP301 Complex Cases in Rehabilitation (16)


This subject is based on principles of problem-based learning that considers complex issues of rehabilitation throughout the lifespan. It requires students to apply the knowledge and skills obtained through previous subjects in order to further develop clinical reasoning skills and case management practices. This process will enhance the concept of the students as a practitioner and encourage the development of resilient practitioners. This subject aims to develop resilient health workers equipped with a toolkit of skills and knowledge that can be used to enhance the life of a practitioner and the lives of clients.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HIP301
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Assumed Knowledge

HIP201 and (BMS126 or BMS253 or BMS254) and (BMS255)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to:

gather and integrate information from a diverse range of sources to assist with the management of clients with complex needs;

integrate knowledge from all the core areas of rehabilitation and recommendations from client, carers , families, medical practitioners, nurses, allied health professional and funding providers to propose multidisciplinary management plans for clients (carers and families) with complex needs;

use and evaluate relevant resources, in particular, evidence- based practice models to effectively manage clients with complex needs;

implement appropriate clinical reasoning skills, in the clinical management of clients with complex needs;

discuss the role of allied health professionals, and possible referring bodies in the management of clients with complex needs;

identify physical, environmental and socio-cultural issues, which will affect the management of clients with complex needs and propose solutions to these in the management plan;

describe the roles of the health team in rehabilitation in Australia;

demonstrate sensitivity in all interactions based on an awareness of cultural/ethical and medico- legal issues;

develop strategies to effectively manage the impact of complex case management on the practitioner; and

develop an understanding of community based services, how to access these and how they integrate in order to contribute to the client's management, care and quality of life.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Theories and practice of case management and complex case management. Role of allied health professionals, members of the medical team, funding bodies, non-government organisations, and community based services in the management of complex clinical cases. Techniques for effective case management, including prioritisation and goal setting; and evaluation of clinical reasoning. Identification and management of physical, environmental and socio cultural, ethical issues relevant to specific clinical cases. Medicolegal issues pertaining to specific clinical cases. Conventions in case management including writing case reports. Socio-cultural issues for individuals providing care to clients with complex needs, including carers and practitioners.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Workplace Learning component. Please contact the subject coordinator for further information.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.