On Campus
1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1.5-hour workshop weekly

1 x 1-hour online lecture weekly
1 x 1.5-hour workshop weekly
1 Admission into BHS-Bachelor of Health Sciences
1a Admission into BBSC-Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
1b Admission into BPSY-Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
1c Admission into BND-Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
1d Admission into BCLSBMBS-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
1e Admission into BHSMOT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy
1f Admission into BMS-Bachelor of Medical Science
1g Admission into BHSMPT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy
1h Admission into BMSVMOPT-Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry
1i Admission into BCLSMD-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine
1j Admission into BITDHSH-Bachelor of Information Technology (Digital Health Systems) (Honours)
1k Admission into BEXS-Bachelor of Exercise Science
1l Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
1m Admission into BHN-Bachelor of Human Nutrition
1n Admission into BLITTHL-Bachelor of Letters (Health)
1o Admission into BLITTHLG-Bachelor of Letters (Health) (Graduate Entry)
1p Admission into BHSAG-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Ageing)
1q Admission into BHSDH-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Digital Health)
1r Admission into BHSHM-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Management)
1s Admission into BHSHP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion)
1t Admission into BHSIN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Innovation)
1u Admission into BHSPN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiology and Neuroscience)
1v Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
1w Admission into BHSTS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies)
1x Admission into BPH-Bachelor of Public Health
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r or 1s or 1t or 1u or 1v or 1w or 1x))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of DSRS1210, NURS1021 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Test(s), Tutorial participation, Tutorial presentation
Topic description

This topic introduces students to communication skills in the context of health, disability and human services. Students will learn and apply principles of effective interpersonal and interprofessional communication. They will develop skills for person centred communication and advocacy across the lifespan and for a range of diverse groups. The focus will be placed on group work, reflection, ethical communication and cultural safety.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the principles of communication in health, disability and human services
  • Develop foundation skills in interpersonal and interprofessional communication
  • Highlight the importance of empathy, respect, cultural safety and ethical considerations in interpersonal and interprofessional communication
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn and develop reflective practice
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Apply interpersonal and interprofessional communication skills for health, disability and human services using different communication techniques
  2. Practice evaluation of their own learning and performance using reflective process
  3. Display a person-centred approach and empathy
  4. Demonstrate oral presentation skills
  5. Demonstrate working collaboratively
  6. Demonstrate appropriate communication strategies for team problem solving and conflict management
  7. Describe cultural safety and ethical communication principles

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.