HLT426 Biopsychosocial Care in Transdisciplinary Primary Care Teams (8)


This subject critically analyses the changes required by health care professionals working in a multidisciplinary environment, in response to political and health policy reform. The subject addresses the complexities of providing psychological and supportive care to people with advanced chronic and terminal illness across the life span, from a person centered, transdisciplinary lens, in primary health care.

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Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Previous Bachelor degree must be an allied health degree, a psychology related degree, social work or welfare related degree or nursing degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to conceptualise and define a biopsychosocial model of health care
  • be able to define and synthesise the concepts of biopsychosocial care in advanced chronic and terminal illness
  • be able to differentiate between primary care and primary health care
  • be able to communicate their knowledge of primary health care and its impact on transdisciplinary approaches
  • be able to critically reflect on the relationship between concepts of biopsychosocial care and transdisciplinary primary care teams
  • be able to facilitate the development of transdisciplinary primary care teams with a person centred and unit of care focus


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • primary care and primary health care
  • development of the concept of biopsychosocial care
  • the biopsychosocial care model
  • the use of biopsychosocial care by transdisciplinary primary care teams
  • biopsychosocial issues across the disease trajectories and life course
  • mapping patient journeys using a biopsychosocial model
  • negotiation and patient analysis skills as relevant to person centred care
  • investigating the impact of the psychological, biological and social aspects associated with advanced chronic and terminal illness


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.