This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client's physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology.  This unit applies to individuals working directly with clients and who assist in the provision of health care services. Some disciplines may be subject to state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - obtained, correctly interpreted and used anatomical and physiological client information to check the physical health status of at least three (3) different people presenting with different conditions.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - role responsibilities and limitations for different members of the care team in relation to checking client health status; - concepts underpinning human anatomy and physiology; - structure and function of human body systems and their interactions; - anatomical and medical terminology; - common disorders, problems and complaints and their signs and symptoms, associated with each body system and its components relevant to the area of work; - basic pharmacology in relation to cautions and contraindications for relevant health procedures; - causes of disease - physical, mental and emotional, and key features of each cause; - major types of cellular adaptation; - processes of metabolism, nutrition, body temperature regulation, biological maturation, inheritance and ageing; - Oral health disease of the mouth and teeth including edentulous (no-natural teeth) and dentate (having natural teeth), and; - variations from normal functioning and appropriate responses.

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