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Certificate of Chronic Disease Support


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

As a health or community services worker, your job will often involve working closely with individuals with a chronic disease. The Certificate of Chronic Disease Support is an ideal professional development program for you to gain essential skills to better support these patients and enhance your employability in the sector.

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to provide exceptional support and assistance to people who have a chronic disease. Topics include self-care, Australian privacy principles, report writing, palliative care nursing, occupational therapy and more.

In this online course, you will discover the most common chronic diseases and learn how to create a support plan to maintain patient health and well-being.

On completion of this course you will be equipped to assist health care professionals in a variety of settings, including a client’s home, residential and aged-care facilities, hospitals, schools and community service based centre.

Course Structure

Unit - Address the needs of people with chronic disease

  • Identify chronic disease
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Hemoglobin disorders
  • HIV/Aids
  • Arthritis
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Support plan
  • Plan design
  • Action plans
  • Impairments, limitations and restrictions
  • Chronic disease impacts
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Current client treatments
  • Management plans
  • Personal health assessment
  • Client involvement
  • Model and program of self-management
  • Confirm support plans with supervisor
  • Supporting a client in a holistic manner
  • Client well-being
  • Support and assistance
  • Stigma
  • Financial Status
  • Recurrence
  • Addressing variables
  • Clients understanding of disease
  • Fact sheets and content
  • Needs and requirements
  • Work role and responsibilities
  • Occupational therapy
  • Cultural needs
  • Palliative care nursing
  • Community care nursing
  • Procedures for referral
  • Community services agencies
  • Professionals
  • General practitioner
  • Level and type of contribution
  • Impact of caring on carers
  • Stress
  • Communicate role and requirements
  • Variations to clients’ needs
  • When to refer clients
  • Coordinated service approach
  • Report writing
  • Australian privacy principles (APP)
  • Suicide, self-harm abuse or neglect
  • Legislative requirements
  • Strategies for worker self-care
  • Indicators of stress
  • Support workers
  • Debriefings
  • Self-care


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




Professional Development For:

  • Personal Care Workers
  • Lifestyle Support Workers
  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Nurses Aid
  • Includes 12 months access
  • Full up-front payment only