Occupational Health and Safety in Dermal Practice

    Unit code: HBD2103 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    HBD1202 - Communication and Dermal Services (applicable for HBDS students ONLY)
    OR 96 credit points of first year (applicable for HBDS students only)
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit introduces students to the theoretical and practical concepts of occupational health and safety specific to a clinical setting. It educates students in how to consider health and safety in the workplace from the perspective of not only a worker, but also by considering hazards that may affect their colleagues and clients. The key areas of study include risk assessment, standard operating procedures, ergonomics, infection control and controlling hazards in a clinical setting. Students will develop this knowledge whilst learning the principles of basic skin analysis and a facial treatment.
    The unit ultimately aims to develop a positive safety culture among students while enabling them to apply safe practice strategies.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Discriminate between infection control methods and apply these within a dermal clinical setting;
    2. Assess for potential hazards and risks within a dermal clinical setting and be able to manage these through the development of safe and effective control methods; and
    3. Apply standard operating procedures when performing skin analysis and facial treatments within a dermal therapies setting.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Two (2) Online Tests (30 minutes duration)
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 40%
    Individual risk assessment report (equivalent to 800 words)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 40%
    1 x Practical Test – OSCE (Hurdle) (1hour)

    Required reading

    A list of readings and reference materials as required for each topic will be provided in the VU Collaborate space for this unit.

    Microbiology and Infection Control for Health Professionals
    Lee, G., & Bishop, P. (2015)| NSW: Pearson Education Australia
    Australian Master Work Health and Safety Guide.
    Dunn, C.E., & Thakorlal, S. (2017).| NSW: CCH Australia Ltd

    As part of a course

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