|Level||Year 1, Semester 1|
|Unit Weighting||Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
|Student Workload||Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week: 10
|Description||This unit introduces students to health communication and addresses the issues, approaches and techniques in communicating effectively with the general public, patients, and peers as a qualified health professional. The unit also raises students’ awareness about the strengths and limitation of Chinese medicine and when to appropriately refer a patient to a peer or another medical and health professional.
The unit explores key issues in interpersonal interactions including the dynamics of the client/practitioner relationship, ethical issues, professionalism and confidentiality. Other key issues include working in groups and teams with an open-minded sense of inquiry in the pursuit of excellence relating to both professional and personal development; and developing an appreciation of the multi-cultural and multi-racial nature of the Australian community and how this may affect the practice of Chinese medicine. Special focus is placed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness and sensitivity in the practice of Chinese medicine in the Australian context.
To prepare students for their roles as professional TCM practitioners, this unit also introduces techniques in communication and counselling to more effectively manage a CM consultation in clinical practice, be that in their practice of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine with a view to improving both the quality of life of patients and the wellbeing of the community and the environment.
|Learning outcomes||On successful completion of this unit students will be able to: