AHS102 Introduction to Applied Health Science

Unit Description

In this unit, students explore the history of healthcare provision and contextualise it, applicable to clinical aesthetics, within the contemporary health care system. Students explore the wide variety of disciplines within a modern healthcare provision and the treatments and technologies used in providing a healthcare experience for clients. Students explore the evolution of healthcare and the commercial environment of health promotion.

The unit also directs students to reflect upon the meaning and nature of the major medical specialties, contrasting these with the complementary disciplines of healthcare provision. Students explore and experience the benefits of working in cross-functional teams, leading to dramatic improvements in innovation, productivity and levels of service in health care provision


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and discuss the commercial aspects of healthcare provision
  • Describe of the history and context of the contemporary healthcare system
  • Describe and discuss the different career options available within the healthcare system and the requirements for each
  • Define and discuss the complexity involved in the integration of various healthcare therapies
  • Identify and define strategies, approaches, and skills used to evaluate and deliver effective health promotion programs
  • Summarise the differing medical specialties and functions of each
  • Compare and analyse the different complementary and holistic health disciplines

Graduate Attributes (GA)

In addition to the unit-specific learning outcomes listed above, the following graduate attributes are taught, developed and assessed in varying degrees within this unit:

  • Knowledge of applied health science theory and practice
  • Knowledge of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities within healthcare delivery systems
  • The ability to communicate effectively with clients, peers and the wider community
  • The ability to demonstrate in-depth competence in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The ability to formulate and apply therapeutic interventions in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The capacity to lead, manage and/or work effectively with multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse teams
  • Awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to ongoing professional development and life-long learning.
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