HIP112 Communication for Health Practice (8)


This subject develops the oral and written professional communication skills of students. Students will also enhance their personal communication skills, including self reflection and personal exploration. Students develop foundation skills in therapeutic listening, counselling, negotiation, and collaboration. Communication tasks and skills that are specific for therapists are addressed, including writing treatment plans and reports. Whilst this subject has an emphasis on the language and conventions used in health practice it also helps students develop academic writing skills. In addition, students will develop skills in communicating with people who have communication difficulties or use assisted communication. Students will learn skills in taking a basic medical history and obtaining a history of the presenting problem.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Distance*Albury-Wodonga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HIP112
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sesssionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)
OCC103 SPH105

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
At an introductory level be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the conventions of academic/professional writing
  • write short health related documents using appropriate academic/professional language
  • demonstrate skills in interpretation of commonly encountered documents in the health professions
  • describe differences between a client centred approach and a clinician directed approach to communication
  • demonstrate skills in therapeutic listening, counselling, negotiation, and collaboration
  • demonstrate skills in history taking
  • discuss strategies for establishing and maintaining effective groups
  • discuss communication strategies for working effectively in teams
  • discuss strategies used in communicating with people with communication difficulties
  • recognise and discuss their own strengths and weaknesses in communication
  • describe areas for development and improvement of their communication skills


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • listening skills
  • assertiveness
  • presentation skills
  • report and submission writing
  • understanding professional-client interactions
  • developing therapeutic relationships
  • counselling skills
  • barriers to effective communication in rehabilitation
  • using interpreters
  • otaining health information and information about a specific client's health
  • introduction to group work
  • working effectively in interdisciplinary teams
  • introduction to workplace learning

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. The purpose of the residential school is to provide students with an opportunity for face to face communication with members of the community, in order to develop their communication skills and knowledge of health literacy. This subject requires students to demonstrate competency in a variety of oral communication skills. The residential school provides students with an opportunity to develop and be assessed on these skills.

Students may apply for an exemption on this requirement based on previous study or life experience.

Specialised Resources

Travel and accommodation expenses associated with the 3 day residential school.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.