This unit will build on knowledge gained in HBD2203 Laser Principles and Safety. Students will be provided with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required by a professional dermal therapist, when working with different Class 4 Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), for the treatment of unwanted hair growth on various anatomical locations of face and body. Students will be required to work collaboratively and independently whilst demonstrating evidence based practice. Students will demonstrate ability to assess client suitability for treatment, including; various skin assessment scales, hair growth and patterns, treatment planning and progression, precautions and contraindications to treatment as well as optimal treatment parameters to ensure, treatment efficacy and safety ensuring compliance with all legal and ethical requirements related to dermal practice.

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Online Self Paced
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Integrate codes of conduct that apply to the practice of laser procedures in a clinic setting as outlined in the current AS/NZS 4173:2004 and the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010);  
  2. Interpret scientific theories associated with light based hair reduction as outlined in evidence based research and apply these to dermal clinical practice;  
  3. Evaluate different technologies associated with light based hair reduction for differing skin and hair types;  
  4. Exhibit the ability to perform a professional consultation, analyse and apply evidence based research to establish effective Patient Care Plans and complete treatment documentation as expected by a qualified dermal therapist with consideration of legal and ethical requirements;  
  5. Integrate and contextualise previously acquired knowledge of laser safety to light based hair reduction;  
  6. Exhibit the ability to perform safe and effective light based hair reduction treatments using Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) techniques that meet the level required of a professional Dermal Therapist.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Twelve (12) Online Tests (10 minutes each) 10%
Assignment Written Assignment (1500 words) 30%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 30%
Practicum Final Practical Assessment (equivalent 1000 words) 30%
To pass this unit, students must achieve an aggregate score of 50%, and pass the practical assessment. The practical assessment is a hurdle requirement that assesses a student's capabilities to perform the relevant modalities. An additional hurdle requirement is that students attend a minimum of 90% of clinic sessions to further demonstrate their practical skills and capabilities in a clinical setting.

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