Dermal Clinic 2

Unit code: HBD3005 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Queen
HBD3004 - Dermal Skills 2
(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. Students are required to have a Dermal Clinic Uniform pack, clinical equipment packs including protective eye wear for lasers and have met the clinical learning requirements including police check, working with children, Hep B immunisation and privacy disclosure.

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 a 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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