The aim of this unit is to integrate the theoretical and practical components of dermal therapies and to provide students the opportunity to enhance their understanding by applying their skills in the clinical setting. Students will be required to complete internal placement at VU Dermal Therapies clinics and external placement venues. These internal and external placements will assist in transitioning students into professional clinical practice. External placements provide opportunities to engage with community and industry sectors in approved healthcare, plastic and cosmetic surgery practices or dermal therapy clinics. The unit reinforces aspects of aseptic procedures, history taking, principles of diagnosis, treatment protocols, the range of treatment skills covered in the course thus far, legal issues and interpersonal and professional communication skills as well as reflective and evidence based practices.

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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. Negotiate the role of the dermal clinician in the scope of the interprofessional team in client centered care;  
  2. Devise wholistic patient care plans demonstrating best and evidence based practice in a variety of professional healthcare settings including, community, hospital and private practice;  
  3. Adapt and implement patient skin education programmes  
  4. Plan and perform a range of treatments within the scope of the dermal clinician to address concerns around skin management and integrity in health and disease;  
  5. Reflect on current clinical practices and apply evidence based practice to dermal clinical therapies.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Reflective Journal: Placement experience reflection (1000 words) 20%
Presentation Oral education presentation (30 minutes) 40%
Practicum Final Practical Assessment 40%
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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