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The Chronic Conditions Course is a new free, online and internet-delivered education program, which is designed to provide good information and teach practical skills for managing the impact of chronic health conditions on day-to-day activities and emotional wellbeing.
We have developed the Course because we know that many people with chronic health conditions face significant challenges and difficulties in their day-to-day lives, which often affects their emotional wellbeing and quality of life. Research shows that adults with chronic health conditions are at greater risk of poor emotional wellbeing - e.g., stress, anxiety, worry, low mood, sadness and depression. Furthermore, many people have limited access to help in managing the impact of their chronic health condition or their emotional wellbeing. We developed the Course with the hope of helping people to limit the impact their chronic health conditions have on their day-to-day lives and to maintain good emotional wellbeing despite their health conditions.
To learn more about chronic health conditions, please click HERE. Some of the common chronic health conditions of previous participants are listed below:
|Parkinson's disease||Cystic fibrosis|
|Gastrointestinal diseases (e.g., Crohn's disease, Celiac disease)||Osteoporosis and other skeletal conditions|
|Lymphedema||Chronic kidney disease|
|Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)||Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLS)|
|Rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic conditions||HIV and other significant viruses|
|Endometriosis||Irritable bowel and gastrointestinal syndromes|
|Chronic fatigue syndrome||... and many, many more.|
PLEASE NOTE: You can scroll right to the bottom of this page to make an application or register your interest in the Chronic Conditions Course.
The Chronic Conditions Course is delivered over 8 weeks and is designed to provide good information and teach practical skills for managing the impact of chronic health conditions and maintaining good emotional wellbeing. The course is not designed to 'treat' or 'cure' chronic health conditions. However, the information and skills covered have been found in 100s of research trials to be essential for people with significant chronic health conditions.
The Course aims to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a Clinical Psychologist, if you attended a specialist treatment facility. However, because many people cannot access these facilities, we are developing and testing this internet-delivered Course - our goal is to make it as helpful as possible and to make it freely and widely available.
Unfortunately, we cannot include people who are currently suicidal, do not have access to the Internet or who are not living in Australia. We also strongly recommend people discuss their participation in this Course with their GP and other doctors. Maintaining a good working relationship with your doctors is essential when you have a chronic health condition and they can help you decide whether this program is going to be suitable for you.
Not sure if this course is right for you? Please contact us, click HERE.
We are very excited about being able to offer the Chronic Conditions Course. We have had people with a range of chronic health conditions participate so far and their feedback has been very encouraging. Although the Course is hard work, our overall findings are that more than 90% report the course is worth their time and that they'd recommend it to others. Most participants are also reporting significant improvements in their emotional wellbeing and any symptoms of stress, anxiety, worry, low mood and depression.
We are pleased to be accepting applications for the Chronic Conditions Course at the moment. Our next two Courses will start on the 29th of May and the 24th of July. Participants are randomly assigned to one of these two groups - we do not have control over the group participants start in.
If you are interested in participating in our next Courses, please click on the 'Apply Now!' button below and follow the prompts. Otherwise, if these dates do not suit you, please register your interest for our next Course HERE.
Of course, if you have any questions about the Course please feel free to contact us, click HERE.