This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse client health information and then to plan appropriate health services within scope of own role. It requires an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology.  This unit applies to individuals who plan and provide services with some level of autonomy. Some disciplines will require a 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

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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: - analysed the health information and planned services for least 6 different clients presenting with different conditions, and; - assessed client health status based on: observations; physical assessments, and; interpretation of client tests.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - role responsibilities and limitations for different members of the care team in relation to analysing health information and providing services; - concepts underpinning human anatomy and physiology; - variations and abnormal findings of the structure and function of human body systems and their interactions; - anatomical and medical terminology; - common disorders, problems and complaints associated with each body system and its components relevant to the services being provided; - analysis of abnormal findings from diagnostic procedures and physical assessment; - pathophysiology of diseases associated with each body system and the impact of disease on each body system and their related structures, especially in relation to potential impact of specific health procedures provided; - recognition of the signs and symptoms of common clinical conditions and the (provisional) diagnosis of same; - pharmacological processes and drug actions, indications and contraindications; - effects of biological maturation and ageing processes on body systems and their components and in relation to specific health procedures provided; - basic chemistry (molecules and compounds; chemical reaction, energy; acids and bases) and as related to metabolism, respiration, pH (respiratory and renal acidosis/alkalosis); - structure and function of cells, and; - transport systems.

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