HIP112 Communication for Health Practice (8)

This subject will facilitate the development of respectful oral and written professional communication skills, relevant to healthcare practice. Students will develop skills in communicating with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; people who have communication difficulties; and people who use assisted communication, in a variety of settings. This subject will provide students with foundation communication skills relevant to health professionals and interprofessional practice, enhanced through guided self reflection and personal exploration. Whilst this subject has an emphasis on the language and conventions used in healthcare practice, it will also assist students to develop their academic and digital literacy, and their skills in information and research literacy.


Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

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

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Incompatible Subjects

OCC103, SPH105

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the literacy skills necessary to effectively communicate, interpret and report information in a range of healthcare contexts
  • be able to analyse the differences between a person-focused approach and a practitioner-directed approach to communication
  • be able to communicate using the language and conventions of healthcare professionals and adapt communication strategies as appropriate for the message and the audience
  • be able to demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills, and adopt appropriate strategies, when working with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • be able to explain strategies used in communicating with people with communication difficulties
  • be able to demonstrate skills in therapeutic listening, motivational interviewing, counselling, negotiation and collaboration
  • be able to describe communication strategies for establishing and maintaining groups to facilitate effective teamwork
  • be able to adapt knowledge and skills using research and evidence, as appropriate to diverse rehabilitation contexts
  • be able to reflect on their own communication strengths and weaknesses to inform self-directed learning, personal development and future practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Person-focused practice: developing therapeutic relationships and understanding professional-client interactions
  • Obtaining and communicating health information: maintaining confidentiality; medical assessment/history taking; therapeutic listening; counselling; interviewing; working with interpreters; report and submission writing; professional record keeping; introductory skills in augmentative communication
  • Culturally safe communication: identifying and planning for effective communication; consideration of physical, environmental, sociocultural, ethical and medicolegal factors when working with clients, their families and community
  • Conflict resolution: working effectively in teams and groups; facilitating interprofessional practice and effective collaboration


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.