MindSpot Chronic Condition Course - MindSpot Clinic

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Chronic Condition Course

The Chronic Conditions Course is a clinically-proven treatment to help adults manage the impact of living with a chronic physical health condition.

Every year, more Australians are being diagnosed with a chronic physical health condition. If you are living with one of these conditions, we know that the challenges you face can go beyond the physical symptoms, and this takes a toll. Day-to-day tasks can become incredibly hard, and this may affect your psychological health and quality of life. ​

Chronic physical health conditions are very common in the community – more common than most people realise. They include conditions like:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Asthma
  • Lupus (SLE)
  • Heart disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • And many more

Research shows that chronic physical conditions can have a profound impact on a person’s mental health. For example, we know that least 50% of Australian adults with chronic conditions struggle with anxiety and depression as a result. That’s why it’s so important to seek out support to help reduce the emotional toll of living with a chronic illness.

The course is free, confidential, and can be completed flexibly in your own time. The goal is to help you improve your emotional wellbeing and quality of life and to maintain your day-to-day activities as much as possible.

When you enrol in this 8-week course, you’ll receive:

  • 5 online lessons to help you better understand your symptoms and teach practical self-management skills
  • DIY Guides to help you put these skills into practice
  • Lots of additional resources, case studies, and stories from other people who are living with a chronic physical health condition
  • Optional weekly support from a therapist via email and telephone

This course aims to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a clinical psychologist if you attend a specialist treatment facility. While the course is not designed to ‘treat’ or ‘cure’ chronic physical health conditions, the information and skills covered have been found in 100s of research trials to be essential for people living with these conditions.

The Chronic Conditions Course is recommended for people who:

  • Are Australian residents aged 18+
  • Have a diagnosed chronic physical health condition
  • Have a condition that is impacting their emotional wellbeing and day-to-day activities
  • Want information and skills to help them manage the impacts of their condition/conditions

The Chronic Conditions Course is not suitable for people who:

  • Are currently suicidal – click here to get urgent help
  • Are not Australian residents

We advise you to discuss your participation in this course with your GP and other health professionals. Maintaining a good working relationship with your GP is essential and they can help you decide whether this program is going to be suitable for you.

You can enrol in the Chronic Conditions Course after completing the MindSpot Online Assessment.

  • 90% of participants say that the course is worthwhile and that they would recommend it to others
  • The majority of people report improvements in their emotional wellbeing and ability to manage their day-to-day activities
  • The skills and knowledge taught in this course have been clinically-validated in hundreds of research trials

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Development of the Chronic Conditions Course was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. This course was written by Prof Blake Dear and Prof Nick Titov