HLTHSCI 701 : Self-management for People Living with Long-term Conditions

Medical and Health Sciences

2023 Semester Two (1235) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Self-management is a key strategy to maximise quality of life for individuals and their families living with long-term conditions. This course is designed to strengthen assessment of self-management, collaborative person centred goal setting and planning. It focuses on developing motivational communication skills and collaborative strengths-based approaches which support efficacy and activation.

Course Overview

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 burden and capacity may impact heavily on people’s ability to not only access health care but also self-manage effectively, resulting in poorer health outcomes ( Shippee et al., 2012). Self-management and self-management support are key strategies to maximise quality of life for individuals and their families living with long- term conditions. This course is designed to strengthen assessment of self-management, collaborative person centred experimenting and collaborative care planning . Focus is given to developing advanced communication skills and person-centred strengths-based approaches, specifically Focused Acceptance Commitment Therapy , Motivational interviewing , Serious Illness Conversations and Advanced Care Planning. 

Course Requirements

Restriction: NURSING 771

Course Contacts

Course Director  :    Mia Carroll
Phone 027 322 2270

University Course Administrator  : Matt Baker 
Phone: 09 923 1088

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Assist people to identify and adopt behaviours and activities that reduce their own and others’ risk of long-term conditions; and which minimise the impact of long-term conditions and the associated symptoms on their full participation in life, using strengths-based approaches (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  2. Undertake a structured process that allows assessment of client self-management behaviours, workload and treatment burden, collaborative identification of issues, challenges and goal setting leading to the development of individualised person centred care plans; (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  3. Assist people to understand the possible consequences (ie what might happen and the chance of it happening) of making life-style changes; and use motivational interviewing and acceptance commitment therapy to support behaviour change (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  4. Articulate the range of services available locally and nationally for people who need information and support in making changes in behaviour and how to access services; (Capability 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  5. Participate effectively in inter-disciplinary teams to support the identification of individual’s needs and the planning, implementing and review of individualised person centred care; (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  6. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness or self-management strategies for populations and individuals through audit and other quality measures; (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  7. Understand the role for health professionals in supporting self-management and how their role relates to other team members; (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.2, 5.1 and 5.2)
  8. Critically reflect on their approach to supporting clients in self-management (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 30% Individual Coursework
Project 40% Individual Coursework
Presentation 30% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 48 hours of lectures and  tutorials ( TBC ) , 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 required 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 will include live online events including tutorials.
The activities for the course are scheduled as tree 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.

Miller, W. R., Rollnick, S., & EBSCOhost. (2013). Motivational interviewing: helping people change (3rd ed). Guilford Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=488652 

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 against online source material 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.