Laser Principles and Safety

Unit code: HBD2203 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Online Real Time


This unit provides students with knowledge regarding the fundamental concepts of laser and light-based devices used in dermal practice; including basic physics, the properties of light, biological effects of light on tissues and processes that are associated with laser and light-based procedures. Students are educated regarding relevant state legislation and Australian Standards that are applicable to the use of lasers and light-based devices. Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to assess for and control hazards associated with using laser and light-based devices in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Contextualise the properties of light when applied to laser and light-based procedures in dermal practice;
  2. Compare the different types of laser and intense light source systems;
  3. Discuss the biological effect of light and its interaction with tissue;
  4. Apply knowledge of relevant Australian Standards to determine the dermal clinician’s responsibilities for laser safety, the role of the laser safety officer and the formation of a laser safety committee;
  5. Design a laser-safe environment; and
  6. Discuss legislative requirements for the operation of laser and light-based devices in Australia.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Three (3) online tests (each test 30 minutes duration).
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Written case study completed in class (900 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Group Podcast (groups of 4-5 students, 20 minute duration)

Required reading

Safe use of lasers and intense light sources in health care
Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand (2018)| Sydney, NSW: Standards Australia International

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