HLTHSCI 700 : Working with People with Long-term Conditions

Medical and Health Sciences

2024 Semester Two (1245) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Long-term conditions present one of the most challenging global epidemics of the twenty-first century. This course is designed to support the development of a responsive person-centred healthcare workforce to meet the needs of people living with long-term conditions and to work with them to improve their self-efficacy and health outcomes.

Course Overview

Hutia te rito o te harakeke  Kei whea te Komako e Ko
Ki mai kia ahau .  He aha te mea nui o te Ao?
                        Maku e ki atu
      He tangata,  He Tangata,    He Tangata

If you rip out the heart of the flax where will the bellbird go?
and if I am asked what is the most important thing in the world, I would say… 
              It is People,     It is People,    It is People!

Living with long term-conditions is “hard work,” not only for the person, but for their whanau and carers as well . The fine balance between treatment and illness burdens and capacity may impact heavily on people’s ability not only to access and use health care, but also  to self-manage effectively, resulting in poorer health outcomes. People with multimorbidity  need minimally disruptive health care that fits their  lives.  This course explores population health,  inequity and  access , Person Centred Collaborative Coordinated Care, , Purposeful Shared Decision Making and Capacity Coaching.  

Course Requirements

Restriction: NURSING 738

Course Contacts

Course Director
Mia Carroll
Email . m.carroll@auckland.ac.nz
Phone  +64 27 322 2270

Course Administrator
Matt Baker 
Email . matthew.baker@auckland.ac.nz
Phone  +64 9 923 1088

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Master of Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Promote and protect a population’s health and well-being; (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 5.1 and 7.1)
  2. Identify ways to work with communities and agencies to develop an environment that promotes health and well-being and acknowledge the impact of the determinants of health on equity of health outcomes ; (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1 and 7.1)
  3. Analyse barriers to access for individuals and whanau; (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 8.1 and 8.2)
  4. Undertake a culturally safe structured process of assessment of workload and capacity , collaborative identification of issues, collaborative goal setting and the development of person centred care plan which “fit their lives” and supports effective self-management and minimises disruption to their lives. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 8.1 and 8.2)
  5. Analyse the actual and potential roles for the health care team working with populations and people living with long-term conditions and articulate the drivers for interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure quality health care. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 8.1 and 8.2)
  6. Evaluate the journey of people with long-term conditions through the health care system with particular reference to their ability to access care, use care, and self-manage and the potential impact of person centred collaborative coordinated care (PCCC), purposeful shared decision making (PSDM) and Minimally Disruptive Medicine (MDM) on this journey . (Capability 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 8.1 and 8.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 35% Individual Coursework
Assignments 35% Individual Coursework
Review 30% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 15 hours per week involved in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 48 hours of lectures and tutorials, 152 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 100  hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will be available as recordings.
The course may  include live online events including tutorials.
The activities for the course are scheduled as three two day block  deliveries.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

No changes required 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.