The Flinders model

At a glance
  • The Flinders Program
  • The Flinders Model
Aim Increase health professional and patient collaboration for CDSM
Focus General CDSM
Target Health professionals
Origin Australia
Evidence-based? Yes
Training required? Yes (see Suggested Reading)
Chronic Condition Management Newsletter October 2012 Newsletter

"...a generic set of tools and processes that enables clinicians and clients to undertake a structured process that allows for assessment of self-management behaviours, collaborative identification of problems and goal setting leading to the development of individualised care plans"

What is the Flinders Program (formerly the Flinders Model)?
Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit (FHBHRU) 2009

  The Model

The Flinders Program was developed by the Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit (FHBHRU, previously the Coordinated Care Training Unit) in connection with the SA HealthPlus trial (2005). It was previously named ‘the Flinders Model’.

 The Flinders Program encompasses a four step process in which the patient and clinician work together to assess CDSM and collaboratively address any barriers or issues that the patient is experiencing in self-managing.

 The four steps include three tools and a care plan:

The process encourages the patient to take a more active role in their health care and self-management, particularly through the care planning process of which the patient decides with the health professional what will be listed, and ideally retain a copy of the plan for themselves.


Flinders Human Behaviour and Research Unit

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  Difference between Stanford and Flinders Programs
  Gaining competency in the Flinders Program
  Suggested reading

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