This unit (DHCSEM502) describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to promote healthy and safe exercise and movement habits and to assist clients to set movement and exercise-related goals to improve health and wellbeing. It requires the ability to use clients' medical and health history to identify risks and contraindications to movement and to work with clients to identify individual barriers to movement and to devise and implement strategies to overcome such barriers. It also requires the ability to identify when it is appropriate to refer clients to other health and/or allied health professionals to achieve their health 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 and exercise ability: accurately identified risks and contraindications to movement; discussed options and negotiated exercise and movement goals with reference to client individual health status, preferences and accessibility considerations; negotiated strategies to overcome identified barriers to the achievement of movement goals, and; documented meeting discussion and movement goals and strategies.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - medications and interactions with exercise; - injury/recent surgery management; - common pain indicators; - common health conditions and chronic diseases: asthma; arthritis; high blood pressure; blood glucose level; cardiovascular disease; diabetes - Type 1 and 2; obesity, and; thyroid disease; - musculoskeletal system and disorders including most common injuries: lower back; shoulder; knee; ankle, and; neck; - common mental health disorders; - commonly used exercise terminology; - benefits of being physically active on health and wellbeing, including mental, physical, emotional and social health; - cultural and religious considerations and implications for physical activity; - impact of poor nutrition; - physical and emotional factors of each life stage; - features and benefits of most common types of exercise; - current and emerging exercise trends; - types and benefits of incidental exercise; - accessibility considerations to be assessed when exploring client movement experiences and preferences including, but not limited to: geographical location; transport options; financial options, and; time available; - barriers to the achievement of movement goals; - goal setting techniques; - communication and negotiation skills to interact effectively; - risks and contraindications to movement; - organisational requirements and procedures relating to the maintenance, and; - client consultation records.

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