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
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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
Incompatable Subjects
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 person 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
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

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 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.