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CMHC211 Disability and Health I

Understanding the perspectives of disabled people and people living with long-term conditions and the health and social support systems they will need to access. Relevant to generic non-professional roles within the wider healthcare industry.

Do you believe that health care is a right for all? Do you wish to assist and empower people living with disability or long-term conditions to live more connected, quality and healthier lives? This paper will help you understand what it is like to live with a long-term disability or health condition and what health and social support systems are available. More importantly it will build your skills to help enable people to navigate the health system and access the care they need.

Paper title Disability and Health I
Paper code CMHC211
Subject Community Health Care
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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EDUC 105 and 90 further points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Professor Leigh Hale (

Teaching staff

Professor Leigh Hale 

Associate Professor William Levack

Teaching Arrangements

The paper is taught via interactive lectures and tutorials.


Higgs J. Health practice relationships. Rotterdam: Sense. 2014. eBook available through the University Library

Dean SG; Siegert RJ; Taylor WJ. Interprofessional Rehabilitation: a person-centred approach. Hoboken : Wiley 2012.

eBook available through the University Library

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical Thinking, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Scholarship, Lifelong Learning, Cultural Understanding, Research, Ethics, Teamwork, Self-Motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an attitude towards disabled people and people with long-term conditions that respects the individual and fosters a client-centred approach.
  2. Understand the epidemiology of long-term conditions and disability in New Zealand.
  3. Understand the concept of wellness and the role of healthy lifestyles to perpetuate wellness for people living with a long-term condition or disability.
  4. Critically debate and discuss the different models of health care - for example, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health-based biopsychosocial model, the social model, the recovery model for mental health, and Māori and Pacific models of health care.
  5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how non-health factors affect the experience of living with a long-term condition and disability.
  6. Critically understand the interaction between mental, emotional and physical health and the effect that this may have on being disabled.
  7. Understand the various approaches to determine functional status.
  8. Understand and apply ethical decision making and discuss the principles of inter-professional professional practice.
  9. A critical understanding of the process of goal-setting and the evaluation of outcome.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41