This unit (DHCCHI501) describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to obtain and evaluate information about client health and medical history for the purposes of understanding the impact of client health on personal health and wellbeing goals. It includes knowing when it is appropriate to refer clients for medical or specialist care. It requires the ability to communicate effectively with clients to obtain and record comprehensive health and medical information and to identify and access credible sources to evaluate the impact of disclosed conditions on client health and wellbeing goals. The unit applies to individuals working directly with clients in the capacity of a health coach to empower them to take control of their health and wellbeing. The skills in this unit must applied within the individual's own role responsibilities and limitations.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - for at least three (3) different people ranging in age and with different health and medical conditions: collected and correctly evaluated medical and health information with respect to disclosed conditions, impact on general health and wellbeing and on health and wellbeing goals; communicated respectfully and interacted effectively, and; recorded health history and meeting details, and; - identified and referred at least one (1) client requiring medical or specialised care.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - own role responsibilities and limitations and when to refer clients for medical or specialist care - health information to be collected from clients, including medical clearance for exercise from general practitioner for at risk clients - function of body systems: circulatory and respiratory system; digestive system, and; energy system; - general signs and symptoms of: good health, and; general medical conditions; - a range of: chronic conditions, and; acute health conditions; - health services available to help manage acute and chronic conditions; - approaches to establishing the credibility of sources of health information; - established evidence-based sources of information about health conditions and health status; - contraindications and risk factors including: blood pressure and acceptable range; allergies/Asthma/Anaphylaxis; hypoglycaemia/diabetic coma; signs of stroke, and; risk of fall - unsteady gait, peripheral neuropathy; - contra-indications to health and wellbeing goals outside of scope of practice of health coach - lifestyle factors influencing health, including but not limited to: smoking; relationship with alcohol; activity level; drug use; dependence on prescription medication; nutritional habits; overweight and obesity; fatigue/sleep patterns, and; stress level; - risks associated with lifestyle factors and common health conditions; - cultural influences impacting on health beliefs and behaviours; - procedure for requesting documented evidence of disclosed medical and health related information and the circumstances under which it is appropriate to make such a request, and; - communication skills to establish rapport and trust.

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