Students will complete a placement at the Victoria University Dermal Science and Therapy Clinic. During this placement students will undertake activities including client assessment and treatments for a broad range of skin conditions. Students will observe other Dermal Clinicians' work and participate in the business activities of a dermal practice. Students will receive close supervision by a qualified Dermal Clinician, learn and apply knowledge of ethical, legal and organisational practice issues, and experience professional contact with a range of health professionals. During this placement students will consolidate theory and practice to demonstrate competencies for clinical practice. Students are required to have a Dermal Clinic Uniform pack, clinical equipment 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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HBD3001 - Dermal Skills 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify stage-appropriate professional competencies expected of Student Dermal Clinicians in a clinical setting;  
  2. Implement professional record maintenance skills in relation to log-books, progress notes and clinic files;  
  3. Synthesise and integrate clinical and other information to assess the skin in health and disease to formulate appropriate care plans;  
  4. Demonstrate stage-appropriate skills in therapeutic interventions with clients within the scope of the Dermal Clinician; and  
  5. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, reports of dermal therapy assessment and treatment.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Demonstration of case management & reflective practice for a range of dermal skin conditions & concerns, utilising a range of techniques. (2500 words) Pass/Fail
Practicum Successful completion of placement as evidenced by a supervisor’s evaluation form and the Clinic Coordinator's authorisation for completion. Pass/Fail

Required reading

Health Communication for Health Care Professionals: An Applied Approach
Pagano, M.P.(2017)
New York: Spinger

Treatment of skin disease: comprehensive therapeutic strategies 5th ed.
Lebwohl, M. G., Heymann, W.R., Berth-Jones, J., & Coulson, I.H.(Eds) (2018)
Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

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