A New Resource! Capabilities for supporting prevention and Chronic Condition Self-Management

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, through the Australian Better Health Initiative (ABHI), determined that education and training of the existing and future health workforce was a key element in assisting patients to better manage their chronic conditions. To begin to build an understanding of what this education and training might entail, two separate but related projects were conducted. These projects aimed to (a) develop a curriculum framework for self-management support education of the future workforce, and (b) determine the skills required for prevention and self-management support of chronic conditions by the current PHC workforce.

PDF copy available free of charge: Capabilities for Supporting Prevention and Chronic Condition Self-Management: A Resource for Educators of Primary Health Care Professionals. Capabilities Self-Management Resource.pdf (PDF 785KB)

PDF available free of charge: Capabilities Self-Management Case Study.pdf (PDF 255KB)

To order the booklet and CD resource download (cost $5 p&h) order form: Order_form_Capabilities_CCSM.pdf (PDF 63KB)

The resource includes:

  •  Agreed definitions of chronic condition self-management (CCSM) related terms;
  • A framework for delivery of self-management education to the future health professional workforce;
  • Self-management support skills in the context of the Chronic Care Model (Wagner, et al., 2001); and
  • Identification and definition of the knowledge, attitudes and skills required by the PHC workforce for prevention and CCSM support across the continuum of care from wellness, early detection and chronic condition management.

The document is intended to provide a resource for educators in universities and PHC service delivery settings, as well as regulatory and professional bodies. It will help guide the standards required by undergraduate and graduate programs for providing education and training in CCSM support to the existing and future PHC workforce.

This document may also provide guidance to:

  • Educators undertaking curriculum design and evaluation;
  • Teachers in academic and clinical settings in developing desired learning outcomes in relation to CCSM;
  • Educators in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector;
  • Students considering what capabilities required by them in practice;
  • PHC workers in self-assessing their capabilities and up-skilling needs;
  • Managers in assessing the quality of training offered to their employees;
  • Administrators and policy makers in achieving CCSM outcomes;
  • Government and non-government health care providers and workers; and
  • Patients in the expected standards of care provided by the PHC workforce.

The Capabilities for Supporting Prevention and Chronic Condition Self-Management Project Team are Professor Malcolm Battersby (Project Leader) and Dr Sharon Lawn (Senior Project Officer)  from FHBHRU.