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HS5802 - Models of Care and Innovation in Lifestyle Medicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

A "Model of Care" broadly defines the way health services are delivered. It outlines best practice care and services for a person, population group or patient cohort as they progress through the stages of a condition, injury or event. It aims to ensure people get the right care, at the right time, by the right team and in the right place (Government of Western Australia, Department of Health (2012). Health professionals cite practice systems, lack of service coordination, training in model of care implementation, time and financial restraints as some of the major limiting factors in delivering more effective healthcare, including lifestyle and social assessment and interventions. However, there are many examples of models and innovation in health care where clinical outcomes have been significantly improved and can be delivered to people in a more timely, accessible, cost-effective and whole of person based manner. In this subject you will evaluate the strengths and limits of established health service provision and solutions to delivering lifestyle and social interventions by assessing multiple models of care. An emphasis is placed on developing, implementing and evaluating models of care, individual versus group approaches such as shared medical appointments, lived experience and peer to peer models, digital and online approaches, proactive community, school and workplace strategies. The development of a new model of care must also encompass implementation and evaluation of the model and the change management process needed to make that happen. Through assessment you will develop a practical understanding of the need and process of establishing and maintaining novel approaches.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate models of care that utilise lifestyle and social health programs in health care practice;
  • Critique on how healthcare is currently delivered to the majority of service users;
  • Produce and plan a novel model of care health program that addresses lifestyle and/or social factors.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical appraisal/review - (40%) - Individual
  • Multi-method - Padlet video post (2 minute) + 400 written post in response to a short questions (on needs analysis) - (20%) - Individual.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Sam Manger
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Dr Sam Manger, Assoc. Professor Louise Wright, Mrs Sharon Curtain, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 30 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.