This unit will provide students with the opportunity to develop stage appropriate competency in a range of dermal science and therapy skills and techniques; including client/skin assessment, determining parameters of skin health, developing and performing a range of techniques to manage skin conditions in safe and effective manner.  Students will consolidate knowledge of the scientific basis and mechanism of treatments as well as patient health status and skin tissue interactions in order to evaluate risks and manage complications. Students will develop skills and competency as evidence based clinical dermal practitioners.

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HBD3001 - Dermal Skills 1

HBD3002 - Dermal Clinic 1

HBD3003 - Skin Management 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply theory and practice of skin assessment and referral when required if skin conditions present outside the scope of the dermal clinician;  
  2. Apply techniques to evaluate parameters of skin health and efficacy of treatment strategies;  
  3. Develop stage appropriate competency in performing a range of intermediate dermal skills and techniques; and  
  4. Interrogate and apply knowledge of the scientific basis and mechanism of treatments to practice;  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Practical Test OSCE (60mins) 30%
Practicum Practical Test OSCE (60mins) 30%
Presentation Problem based case study presentation (In groups of up to 5 students, 20mins) 40%

Required reading

Comprehensive Atlas of Dermatoscopy Cases
Cabo, H., & Lallas, A. (2019)
Springer Nature

Lymphedema: a concise compendium of theory and practice 2nd ed.
Lee, B-B., Rockson, S.G., & Bergan, J. (2018)
Cham, Switzerland: Springer

Wound care: a collaborative practice manual for health professionals 4th ed.
Sussman, C., & Bates-Jensen, B.M. (2012)
Philadephia: Wolters Kluwer health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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