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: 15%
    Two (2) online tests (30 minutes each duration)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 45%
    Written case study completed in class (900 words)
    Assessment type: Poster
    Grade: 40%
    Poster presentation (500 words, 5 minutes 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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