Courses & Units

The Illness Experience CNA782


Students must be currently employed in a clinical practice setting. This unit uses group work and late enrolment may affect your ability to participate actively.


In this unit students will examine the experience of illness from the patient/client perspective. The physical and psycho-social response of patients and their families to a sudden episode of illness is considered using a variety of approaches including theoretical perspectives and patient narratives. Areas to be specifically covered include: hospitalisation and sense of self; rethinking the life biography; exploring nurse-patient behaviours; patient explanations and understandings of illness.


Unit name The Illness Experience
Unit code CNA782
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Miss Sharon Murcott
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise and understand the importance of the illness experience within the life journey.
  • Demonstrate a socio-theoretical understanding of the effects of illness on the personhood and families of the sick and suffering.
  • Critically reflect on the provision of patient-centred care to the acutely ill in the hospital context.
  • Evaluate the impact of the hospital environment (physical, social, political) on the patients’ and their families’ experiences of illness.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060309 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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AssessmentOnline Discussion and Reflection (50%)|Essay (50%)
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You will be required to access one of the five movies listed below to view as part of an assessment task. Watching all five throughout the course of the unit will assist you to develop themes and assist your research and readings.

Choose one of the following films to watch and present in your first assessment item:

  1. Irreplaceable You 2018- Distributed by Netflix, Directed by Stephanie Laing (Terminal Cancer).
  1. My Beautiful Broken Brain 2014, Distributed by Netflix. Directed by Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland. (Stroke).
  1. The fundamentals of Caring, 2016. Distributed by Netflix. Directed by Rob Burnett. (Muscular dystrophy).
  1. Unrest 2017, Distributed by Netflix. Directed by Jennifer Brea. (Chronic

           Fatigue Syndrome).

  1. WIT 2003, Available to stream via UTAS Library (link available in Unit Resources
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