University of Technology Sydney

96817 Optimizing wellbeing for people living with advanced disease

6cp; online Canvas, 6 1-hour Zoom meetings, 9 hours per week online activities and learning


This subject builds student skills and capabilities to recognise, manage and communicate effectively with individuals living with a life-limiting progressive disease. Students analyse the impact of different disease trajectories and the uncertainty this creates within the context of survivorship theories. Students examine approaches to screening for psychological distress and identify opportunities to respond appropriately. Student synthesise the current evidence-based psychosocial interventions for living with uncertainty and reflect on the role and implications of inappropriately addressed uncertainty. Utilising a person-centred approach, students tailor specific approaches to the needs of people with advanced, progressive diseases and their carers to develop an individualised survivorship plan, supporting behaviour change where appropriate.

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Autumn session

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