University of Technology Sydney

94932 Complex Cases and Clinical Care

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


Students completing this subject develop and consolidate knowledge and skills pertaining to effective professional and interprofessional practice, universal healthcare, and Australian health systems. Students learn how to navigate Australia's health system, including evolving health trends and priorities, as well as how healthcare is funded, organised, and delivered in the clinical exercise physiology context. Entrepreneurial skills, business acumen, and professional leadership in clinical exercise physiology are developed. Interprofessional, innovative, and collaborative practice, including role clarity, shared decision-making, and team functioning will be explored in the context of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. Emphasis is placed on developing students’ abilities to integrate professional knowledge, skills, principles of evidence-informed practice, ethical behaviours, and key professional attributes necessary to function as effective allied health care practitioner using a person-centred approach, including advancement of communication skills, understanding of legal frameworks, and consideration of work with vulnerable populations (such as people with disability or children). Students also demonstrate critical reflection on the provision of culturally safe professional settings for the Indigenous Australian context.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Apply, integrate, and adapt knowledge and skills for prescribing exercise to people across the health spectrum, with a focus on culturally safe clinical treatment for Indigenous Australians, as well as people presenting with complex and chronic conditions and co-morbidities, to improve, maintain, or reduce the decline of health-related status and function.
2. Apply appropriate screening, risk management strategies, and behaviour change principles to safely create, prescribe, implement, and evaluate effective culturally safe interventions for Indigenous Australians, as well as effective interventions for people with complex and chronic conditions and co-morbidities to optimise health outcomes.
3. Apply evidence-informed practice and professional decision-making to optimise person-centred care for Indigenous Australians, and clients with complex and chronic conditions and co-morbidities.
4. Effectively and respectively communicate with Indigenous Australians, clients with complex and chronic conditions and co-morbidities, and other relevant professionals that results in shared decision-making through collaborative and interprofessional clinical exercise physiology practice.
5. Engage with critical reflection on Indigenous Australian contexts to work effectively with and for Indigenous Australians within culturally safe professional settings as it pertains to clinical exercise physiology practice.

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Improve your academic and English language skills
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HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
HELPS provides assistance with English language proficiency and academic language. Students who need to develop their written and/or spoken English should make use of the free services offered by HELPS, including academic language workshops, vacation intensive courses, drop-in consultations, individual appointments and Conversations@UTS ( HELPS staff are also available for drop-in consultations at the UTS Library. Phone (02) 9514 9733

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The Accessibility and Financial Assistance Service
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