SSEH5646 Chronic and Complex Conditions 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit focuses on the knowledge, skills and clinical evidence around the assessment and prescription of exercise for clients with chronic and/or complex conditions. The pathologies or conditions covered are considered key domains for a clinical exercise physiologist across prevention, management and exercise rehabilitation. Across all topics the focus is on understanding the impact of the condition, the evidence around the role of exercise, and an ability to use that knowledge and evidence to inform and deliver exercise within clinical practice.
This unit will be assessed using a combination of blended learning assessment and feedback, incorporating theoretical and practical elements, problem based learning, case study analysis and simulated learning modes.
There is a high practical component within this unit including assessment and delivery of an exercise management plan and participation in exercise assessment and prescription with peers.
Students are able to (1) understand the pathological and pathophysiological basis of AEP target pathologies including—(a) stages of disease, risk factors and comorbidities; (b) diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures; and (c) mode of action and indication of medication; (2) demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based practice for AEP target pathologies including—(a) exercise mode, intensity, duration, frequency, volume and progressions; (b) psychology of living with a chronic medical condition; (c) models of clinical decision making; (d) lifestyle strategies, programs and resources to support rehabilitation; and (e) adverse signs and symptoms during exercise and recovery; and (3) experience and apply knowledge related to—(a) design and implementation of exercise rehabilitation programs; (b) clinical assessment of patients with chronic and complex conditions; and (c) interpretation of clinical data.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assessment of clinical competency - client assessment and report; (2) assessment of clinical competency - objective structured clinical examination (OSCE); and (3) course workbook. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the assessment of clinical competency - client assessment and report and assessment of clinical competency - objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Bonnie Furzer
Unit rules
Postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health within Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. SSEH5691 Industry Practicum I
Advisable prior study:
SSEH4489 Advanced Exercise Rehabilitation SSEH4664 Exercise and Health Psychology
Contact hours
The lectures, laboratories and seminars occur in two 3-week intensive blocks (at the beginning and end of semester), leaving an 8-week space in between for industry placements. These intensive teaching blocks require students' presence on campus full-time.
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Outcome Measures
for Exercise

Published and purchased via ESSA (you will required membership to access – student membership is free)

Student Manual
for Health,
and Sport

Jess Coombes and Tina Skinner, Mosby Australia

Available for purchase at UWA Co-Op Bookstore or online


resources for
clinical exercise
immunologic, and

American College of Sports Medicine; editors, Jonathan N. Myers, William Herbert, Reed Humphrey. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Health.

implications for
the physical

Catherine Cavallaro Goodman & Kendra S Fuller. Saunders/Elsevier.


Darcy Ann Umphred. St Louis, Mosby Elsevier.

Explain Pain

G. Lorimer Moseley & David S Butler. Noigroup Publications.

Clinical Sports

Peter Brukner & Karim Kahn. London. McGraw Hill 

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