PHS350 Integrated Chronic Health Condition Management (8)

'Integrated Chronic Health Condition Management' is the third in a series of subjects in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy utilising a problem based learning pedagogy to progressively develop students' knowledge and skills of physiotherapy practice. This subject emphasises the integrated nature of physiotherapy practice in the prevention and management of chronic health conditions.
Students will explore the principles of contemporary chronic health condition prevention and management. Application of these principles will then be considered in relation to common chronic health conditions in the Australian population, as well as across a range of practice settings in varied geographical locations. The influence of Australia's historical and ongoing dominant cultural approach will also be explored in relation to integrated chronic health condition management.
Students will develop a deeper understanding of the lived experience of chronic health conditions, holistic perspectives of health and wellbeing, service planning, interprofessional practice and culturally responsive approaches to chronic health care, to enhance their readiness for clinical practice. Specific focus will be placed on developing students ability to assess possible impacts of complex cultural elements on 'the health experience' and to create effective health care partnerships with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and communities, to enable the development of strategies to mitigate these impacts on the health experience of Indigenous Australians.  
Students undertaking this subject will be expected to have well developed skills in general physiotherapy assessment and management, measurement, evidence based practice, and demonstrated skills in clinical reasoning. Sound levels of anatomical, physiological and behavioural sciences knowledge is assumed.




Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS350. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate and articulate sound clinical reasoning processes which explore, explain and analyse assessment findings
  • be able to plan and implement safe, effective and collaborative individual and group physiotherapy interventions, for people with chronic health conditions
  • be able to recognise the complex and interrelated factors (social, economic, physical, historical, political, cultural determinants) that may impact on the client, their needs and response to physiotherapy
  • be able to demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour appropriate to collaborative physiotherapy practice
  • be able to demonstrate effective collaboration with a client, and relevant others, to maintain or improve outcomes by: establishing and reviewing goals; developing health care plans; and implementing appropriate modifications to, or ceasing, a physiotherapy plan
  • be able to implement culturally-responsive, community-based, individual and group programs to enhance the health, wellbeing and self-management of individuals at risk of, or living with, chronic health conditions
  • be able to encourage, guide and motivate others to operate efficiently and effectively in the practice context
  • be able to reflect upon own and others professional practice and plan to determine the actions they need to undertake to continually improve; to recognise situations outside their competence; and to take timely and appropriate action


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Reflexive, respectful and responsive ways of working with Indigenous Australian people
  • Cultural knowledge, diversity and White Privilege in relation to the delivery of, and access to, health services for Indigenous Australian people
  • Clinical reasoning in uncertain or increasingly complex situations, including those with a conflicting evidence base
  • Communication skills, including motivational interviewing
  • Health care education for individuals, groups and communities, with consideration of health literacy and the development of health care resources
  • Comprehensive person-focused client management approaches, including collaboration and goal setting across a range of settings
  • Chronic health condition management principles as applied, but not limited, to: cardopulmonary rehabilitation; gerontology; falls prevention; community living; amputee management; mental health and wellbeing; bariatric care; chronic pain
  • Contemporary principles of chronic health condition management, including preventative strategies and early intervention
  • Interprofessional practice with emphasis on role clarification and communication
  • Strengths-based and recovery-based approaches to care
  • Introduction to principles of health promotion
  • Advocacy in health care


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.