HIP301 Complex Cases in Rehabilitation (16)

This subject provides students with the opportunity to evaluate complex issues of rehabilitation throughout the lifespan. A problem based approach enables students to consolidate knowledge of health, wellbeing and rehabilitation, and extend their skills in clinical reasoning and evidence based practice in order to develop high level skills in case management. This subject will extend the student's cultural competence journey through consideration of culturally respectful communication and the development of culturally responsive partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities. This subject will also facilitate the transition of student to rehabilitation practitioner and case manager, with the skills required to foster self-care and resilience. Students will develop knowledge and skill sets that can be applied to enhance the lives of clients, enable sustainable behaviour and habits of practice for themselves, and facilitate lifelong learning. This capstone subject will assist students in their preparation for entry to the workforce as a graduate health professional.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Albury-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

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Community Health



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate clients with complex needs by integrating information from a diverse range of sources and applying ethical decision making and reasoning
  • be able to critically evaluate physical, environmental and sociocultural issues which may impact the management of clients with complex needs
  • be able to evaluate approaches to ensure culturally responsive communication when assessing and treating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • be able to practise in ways that show a commitment to social justice and the processes of reconciliation through inclusive practices and citizenship
  • be able to critically evaluate relevant evidence-based resources and models of practice to inform the effective management of clients with complex needs
  • be able to develop an appropriate short and long term management plan in collaboration with a client with complex needs, their carers and families, community, and other health professionals
  • be able to apply clinical reasoning skills to evaluate a client's response to their management plan
  • be able to exercise professionalism, initiative and judgement in decision making, actions and evaluation in professional practice at the level of a beginning rehabilitation practitioner
  • be able to design professional strategies that enable continued learning, development of cultural capabilities in health practice, and preparation for entry to the workforce as a graduate health professional
  • be able to reflect on strategies to effectively manage the impact of complex case management on the practitioner, in order to promote self-care and resilience


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Complex case management: theories and principles; identification and management of physical, environmental, sociocultural, ethical and medicolegal issues; prioritisation and goal setting; clinical reasoning; ethical frameworks; engaging in rehabilitation planning, reporting, referrals, data management, and effective case closure
  • Evidence based practice: rehabilitation resources; models of rehabilitation practice
  • Identification, selection and coordination of major stakeholders in the management of complex clinical cases: clients, carers, family, community, health professionals, legal professionals, and funding providers including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Culturally responsive practice: culturally respectful communication; developing partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities
  • Funding and regulatory requirements: regulations, procedures and constraints relevant to disability determination and benefits; workers compensation schemes in the context of rehabilitation case management
  • Preparation for entry to the workforce as a graduate health professional
  • 20 days workplace learning

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The purpose of this workplace learning experience is to facilitate preparation of graduates for entry into the health and rehabilitation workforce. Students will be expected to plan and arrange their workplace learning experience in collaboration with the subject coordinator and following guidelines in the workplace learning handbook. The 20 day placement will enable students to consolidate their health and rehabilitation knowledge and skills in an authentic practice setting.



Special Resources

Students are responsible for managing expenses associated with workplace learning, including travel and accommodation expenses.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.