HLSC110 - Beginning Professional Practice

10 cp
Prerequisites Nil
Teaching Organisation 150 hours of focused learning.

Graduates entering the health care professions require a thorough understanding of the activities they will be required to perform and the scope under which they will practice. This foundational unit is required by students to achieve course learning outcomes related to contemporary professional practice, and the foundational skills needed by health care providers to perform their duties.

This inter-professional unit introduces the contemporary context and concepts relevant to professional health practice. Parameters of professional practice, leadership and governance structures are also introduced. Beginning clinical skills in infection control, health assessment and hygiene will be developed in on campus laboratories, focusing on the principles of workplace health and safety. Theoretical and practical aspects of professional communication will be addressed with a focus on strategies and developing skills for building professional, collaborative partnerships with health care consumers and members of the interdisciplinary team.

The unit will include a module on working with children, young people and vulnerable adults that will focus on responding to concerns and strategies to keep ourselves and others safe and support children, young people and vulnerable adults.

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to fundamental contemporary health care concepts, including therapeutic communication, professional communication, safe practice and clinical decision making.