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Graduate Certificate in Integrated Chronic and Terminal Care

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Graduate Certificate in Integrated Chronic and Terminal Care

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This course equips mental health, allied health, social work and other health care workers (in primary and specialist settings), to support end of life psychosocial and psychological care needs for people with advanced chronic and life limiting illness, their families and care givers.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's course is designed for providing health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to address the complex needs of patients suffering from chronic and terminal illness and their families and caregivers. Students will develop the necessary skills to work cohesively with other health professionals in a transdisciplinary approach to provide effective and timely person centred care across the disease trajectory. In addition this course will prepare students to effectively understand and respond to psychological and supportive care needs of patients who are living with a terminal illness and facing the end of their lives.

    As a graduate of this course, you will:

    • analyse and critically evaluate the psychological and existential impact an advanced chronic and terminal illness has on individuals, their families and care givers
    • demonstrate an awareness based on an understanding of theoretical concepts of the impact psychological and mental health issues have on an individual's personal narrative in regard their disease trajectory and journey
    • develop advanced skills in assessing, screening and developing therapeutic responses for a variety of mental health problems and concerns for individuals and their families and care givers (the unit of care) facing the end of their lives
    • critically discuss and analyse the barriers to, and importance of, developing transdisciplinary care teams and its impact on the unit of care
    •  make high level independent judgements that will integrate existential concerns and needs of the individual, their families and care givers into a biopsychosocial therapeutic care plan and communicate this with the care team.
    • critically analyse current and future policy and political contexts in End of Life and Palliative Care and develop expertise and skills in order to advocate for change and address the need for evolving professionals in this policy context.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 4 core subjects totalling 32 credit points, as follows:

    HLT425 Integrated Transdisciplinary Care Teams
    HLT426  Biopsychosocial Care in Transdisciplinary Primary Care Teams
    HLT427 Integrating Mental Health, Chronic Illness and Palliative Care
    HLT428 The Existential Experience of Suffering Across the Life Courses

    Enrolment pattern

    A normal enrolment pattern is as follows:

    Year 1 - Session 1
    HLT425 Integrated Transdisciplinary Care Teams
    HLT426 Biopsychosocial Care in Transdisciplinary Primary Care Teams

    Year 1 - Session 2
    HLT427 Integrating Mental Health, Chronic Illness and Palliative Care
    HLT428 The Existential Experience of Suffering Across the Life Courses

  • Admission information

    Applicants would normally hold a three year allied health, primary health, aged care, mental health, social work or nursing degree. However, people with extensive relevant industry experience to the satisfaction of the Courses Director may be considered. Students wishing to apply for admission based on relevant industry experience should discuss requirements with the Courses Director prior to applying.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYNNOATR
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYNNJATR

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    32 points

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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