Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will explore the importance of communication as a foundation to their practice as a health professional. Students will examine how personal and cultural factors, values and life experiences may influence professional communication. Students will develop a suite of communication skills as a foundation for culturally safe and reflective practice as a health professional. Students will study concepts of professionalism, ethics, interprofessional collaborative practice and digital literacy as it relates to contemporary health care practice. Students will work in teams to develop an understanding of teamwork that involves individuals cooperating and collaborating towards a shared goal. This subject supports the development of foundation academic skills and information literacy required for university study.

SchoolAllied Heath, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRenee Mackenzie

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HHPOD or HHPRO or HHOR


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Communication. Core Interpersonal skills for health professionals

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorGjyn O'Toole





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Reflect on and appraise personal communication practices as a health professional
02. Demonstrate and use a range of communication skills that include verbal, interpersonal and written skills relevant for culturally safe health practice.
03. Analyse health-related questions concerning professional communication in contemporary health care practice, using search strategies and academic resources.
04. Identify concepts of professionalism, ethics, cultural safety, interprofessional collaborative practice, and digital health as they relate to contemporary health care practice.
05. Collaborate and cooperate as a member of a team to achieve shared goals

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRenee Mackenzie

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
Three 2.00 h seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Students will access a range of online and multimedia resources, to support their learning, including podcasts, vodcasts and other online resources. This will be equivalent to twelve hours of face-to-face activity per semester.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Two 45 minute in-class tests (equivalent to 1500 words) Test No. 1 will occur in Week 4 of semester and serve as an Early Assessment Task to identify at risk students. Test No. 1 will account for 10% (out of 40%) Test No. 2 will occur in Week 8 of semester and will account for 30% (out of 40%).N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO2, SILO4
One 2,000-word equivalent individual critically reflective portfolio Completion of weekly reflective activities will build reflective portfolio throughout the semester and account for 10% of this assessment task. Students will be offered formative feedback on their weekly reflective portfolio in Week 2 of semester. The weekly reflections will be incorporated alongside relevant literature into the final written submission which will account for the remaining 35% of this assesN/AN/AN/ANo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One 20-minute group oral presentation (400 words equivalent per student, group of 5 students) Group presentations will be held in Week 11 workshops.N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5