This unit introduces students to the theoretical and practical concepts of occupational health and safety specific to a dermal therapies setting.  It educates students in how to consider health and safety in the workplace from the perspective of not only a worker, but also by considering hazards that may affect their colleagues and clients.  The key areas of study include risk assessment, standard operating procedures, chemical hazards, ergonomics, human factors, infection control incorporating basic microbiology and controlling hazards in a dermal therapies setting.

 There will also be a focus on Australian legislation, regulations and Australian Standards relevant to the practice of dermal techniques to ensure that students understand their rights and responsibilities in the workplace, while being able to familiarise themselves with resources to support them in implementing safe practice strategies.  Principles of basic first aid appropriate to dermal therapies practice will also be explored to ensure that students have the ability to provide first response care in the incident of an adverse event.  The unit ultimately aims to develop a positive safety culture among students while enabling them to apply safe practice strategies. 

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HBD1201 - Introduction to Dermal Sciences and

HBD1202 - Communication and Dermal Services

OR 96 credit points of first year (applicable for HBDS students only)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify, analyse and apply relevant occupational health and safety legislation, regulations and Australian Standards to dermal therapies;  
  2. Articulate the structure and function of microorganisms and conceptualise microbiology and biosafety in a dermal therapies setting;  
  3. Assess for potential hazards and risks within a dermal therapies setting and be able to manage these through the development of safe and effective control methods;  
  4. Develop and assess standard operating procedures and occupational health and safety programs within a dermal therapies setting;  
  5. Investigate appropriate first aid procedures for use within a dermal therapies setting.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Three (3) Tests (30 minutes each) 20%
Case Study Group report based on a case study of a clinical setting (1500 words) 45%
Presentation Practical demonstration (10 mins) 35%

Required reading

A list of readings and reference materials as required for each topic will be provided in the VU Collaborate space for this unit.

Microbiology and Infection Control for Health Professionals 6th ed.
Lee, G., & Bishop, P. (2015)
NSW: Pearson Education Australia

Australian Master Work Health and Safety Guide. 3rd ed.
Dunn, C.E., & Thakorlal, S. (2017).
NSW: CCH Australia Ltd

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