Dermal Clinic 3

Unit code: HBD4003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Queen
HBD4002 - Dermal Skills 3
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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 about 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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

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
Lebwohl, M. G., Heymann, W.R., Berth-Jones, J., & Coulson, I.H.(Eds) (2018)| Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

As part of a course

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