Students will undertake activities of applied and problem-based learning to develop stage appropriate competency in a range of dermal science and therapy skills and techniques; including client/skin and hair assessment, determining parameters of skin and hair health, developing and performing a range of techniques to manage skin and hair conditions in a safe and effective manner.  Students will consolidate knowledge of the scientific basis and mechanism of treatments as well as patient health status and skin and hair tissue interactions or appropriate clinical endpoints in order to evaluate risks and manage complications. Students will develop skills and competency as evidence based clinical dermal practitioners.
Students are required to have a Dermal Clinic Uniform pack, PPE packs including protective eye wear for lasers and have met the clinical learning requirements including police check, working with children, Hep B immunisation and privacy disclosure.

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HBD2202 - Dermal Sciences 2

HBD2203 - Laser Principles and Safety

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply theory and practice of skin and hair assessment and referral when required if conditions present outside the scope of the dermal clinician;  
  2. Apply techniques to evaluate parameters of skin and hair health and efficacy of treatment strategies;  
  3. Demonstrate competency in performing a range of foundation dermal skills and techniques;  
  4. Interrogate and apply knowledge of the scientific basis and mechanism of treatments to practice; and  
  5. Evaluate risks and manage complications associated with foundational dermal procedures.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Tests x 3 (30mins each) 20%
Practicum Logbook of hours and 3 X practical milestone tests - OSCEs (Total of approximately 60mins) 40%
Practicum 1 x Practical Test - OSCE (60 minutes) 40%
To pass this block, students much achieve an aggregate score of 50%, plus pass Assessment 3 practicum OSCE. This OSCE assessment is a hurdle requirement that assesses a student's capabilities to perform relevant theoretical and practical treatments safely and effectively.

Required reading

Dermoscopy in general dermatology
Lallas, A. (Ed) (2019)
Boca Raton: CRC Press

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