NURS12160 - Alterations in Health

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Unit Synopsis

Australians are living longer than ever before. However, the statistics related to people living with chronic disease are staggering. Australia's National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs) are diseases and conditions given focused attention because of their significant contribution to the burden of illness and injury in the Australian community, they have serious implications for the health system. The 9 NHPAs agreed by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council between 1996 and 2012 were: cancer control (1996), cardiovascular health (1996), injury prevention and control (1996), mental health (1996), diabetes mellitus (1997), asthma (1999), arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions (2002), obesity (2008) and dementia (2012). Chronic disease can impact a person's quality of life as well as those of their families and carers. In this unit, you will identify the NHPAs and explore their link to lifestyle factors such as obesity, insufficient physical activity, tobacco smoking, and alcohol use. You will consider the nursing process required to support people who are impacted by the potentially serious consequences of these conditions. You will examine factors to assist you in the early recognition of sepsis and determine the nursing role in each phase of the perioperative period. This unit provides the theoretical underpinning and should be completed with Professional Experience Practice 2.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


NURS11170 Professional Experience Placement 1 or NURS11161 Clinical Nursing Practice 1


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