This unit enables students to explore the development of their health discipline/s. Portrayals of their health profession/s in the media will be discussed and students are to consider these critically in relation to their personal perceptions. Students will be introduced to broad frameworks which shape the scope and dimensions of their practice, including interprofessional practice. These include professional practice (ethics, law and regulatory frameworks); reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis (use of evidence in practice); competencies and scope of practice. There is a particular emphasis on assisting students to develop academic and professional literacy skills in order to practice as a professional. Knowledge and skills related to creating and maintaining a professional practice portfolio will be introduced.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the development of their healthcare profession;  
  2. Evaluate portrayals of their profession in the media;  
  3. Discuss the ethical and legal requirements for professional practice;  
  4. Examine the scope of practice of their profession in terms of regulatory frameworks and interprofessional practice;  
  5. Discuss the use of evidence in healthcare practice;  
  6. Apply the knowledge and skills required for reflective practice;  
  7. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in information literacy and academic writing;  
  8. Initiate a personal professional practice portfolio.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Online Tests (2) 15%
Assignment Written assessment 40%
Assignment Written assessment: Group report 30%
Presentation Group presentation 15%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must submit all assessment items (to align to ANMAC accreditation requirements of the course) and achieve an aggregate score of 50% overall for the unit.

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