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HPER12-103: Health Communication


This subject provides students with the essential communication skills needed for the health professions. Students learn to gather and provide information in a sensitive and professional manner. They will gain insight into the professionalism required for entry into any of the health professions as they are introduced to communication in challenging situations such as breaking bad news, dealing with suffering, maintaining confidentiality or managing angry patients.  Learning activities are focused on simulated situations including a problem-based learning (PBL) case where students develop an understanding of vital signs and emergency communication between health professionals. Skills are developed and practised in small tutorial groups with an experienced facilitator and with standardised patients. Small group learning provides students with an opportunity to become skilled at providing and reflecting on feedback from peers.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate communication skills for health-related assessment and guidance incorporating the principles of patient-centred care and the bio-psycho-social approach. 2. Demonstrate professionalism in health-related communication in challenging situations. 3. Describe how health providers communicate with patients from different ages, cultures, languages and disabilities. 4. Critically evaluate health-related claims in the media and medical literature.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022