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Advanced pathophysiology & health assessment ( 12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL)


Leader: Ms Tracy McConnell-Henry

Gippsland First semester 2006 (Flexible)
Hong Kong First semester 2006 (OCL)
Peninsula First semester 2006 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2006 (Flexible)

Synopsis: The student will develop proficiency in health through the development of skills related to: assessment interviewing; physical appraisal; assessment data analysis; incorporating changes in health assessment related to the age of the client and cultural and ethnic variations; comprehensive, periodic and focused health assessments. All students are required to have clinical support for the duration of course.

Objectives: On completion of this unit the student will be able to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of normal physiological processes; 2. Accurately describe the aetiology, clinical manifestations and pathophysiology of a range of diseases/conditions observed in specialty practice; 3. Accurately record an in-depth patient health history appropriate to the student's discipline' 4. Incorporate age related differences, cultural, and ethnic variations relevant to the patient's health history; 5. Perform and document a systematic physical health assessment utilising health assessment tools and techniques; 6. Formulate clinical impressions based on an accurate analysis of health assessment data; 7. Competently evaluate clinical problems and perform comprehensive health assessments in a selected area of health care.

Assessment: Multiple choice and short answer tests (40%) + Health Assessment Clinical examination (30%)- students will undertake clinical assessment activities appropriate to their discipline ie: systematic health assessment worth 10% and complex health assessment worth 20% + Case study (20%) + Online tutorial discussion groups (10%).

Off-campus attendance requirements: Attendance at residential schools held oncampus.