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Integrated Disease Management

This course provides an in-depth review of adult disease management, its impact on health care provision and the need for fully integrated care across all health-related disciplines and services. Students will reflect on disease management as a complete, rather than fragmented, approach to care, with an emphasis on risk assessment and early intervention that focuses on reducing morbidity in individuals with chronic illness.

Teaching and learning approaches in the course allow students to examine disease management from their professional, clinical, contextual and service orientations, within an interdisciplinary clinical team. The programme of study therefore supports development of clinical and professional leadership skills.

Course Code HLTH824
Level 8
Credits 30


Compare disease presentation and management in New Zealand to global trends.

Determine the interrelatedness between acute and chronic disease processes and their impact on service cost and provision.

Interpret the cyclical relationship between chronic illness and the social determinants of health and their impact on the individual, their family, the community and the nation.

Evaluate the essential role that primary health care plays in reducing the morbidity of chronic illness.

Develop plans that support people living with long term conditions, taking into consideration lifespan changes that occur in chronic illness and understanding that all people with a chronic condition are vulnerable. Students are to manage this learning outcome in accordance with the professional and competency standards of their profession.

Use evidence based frameworks to inform and manage practice in the provision of integrated and individualised care within the legal, ethical and professional boundaries of practice.

Provide leadership in evaluating, auditing and developing clinical policy that supports disease management within the New Zealand Health Care framework and the Treaty of Waitangi, or within the student’s own country’s health care framework.