This unit applies to individuals who plan and provide health care services with some level of autonomy. Some disciplines will require a state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.Suitable for those who intend to enroll in a health care course at Diploma or higher level where human Anatomy and Physiology forms a part of the course curriculum or a unit of competency.
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse client health information and then to plan appropriate health services within scope of own role. It requires an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
Upon completion of this unit the learners will be able to :
• Analyse client health information in relation to planning services and in line with organisation requirements
• Recognise normal readings on the findings of available tests, observations and physical assessments that assist in determining health status
• Identify pathophysiologies or changing pathologies, through observation, physical assessment and analysis of other available information
• Identify pathophysiologies, or changing pathologies, through observation, physical assessment and analysis of other available information
• Identify the likely impact of specific interventions
• Apply detailed understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of disease to a problem solving approach to service planning.
• Consider and note implications of any contra-indications in relation to health assessment findings.
• Document action plan in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
Course contents include:
• concepts underpinning human anatomy and physiology, including:
• levels of structural organisation of body systems
• human life processes
• homeostasis and the relationship between homeostatic imbalance and disease
• variations and abnormal findings of the structure and function of human body systems and their interactions:
• cells, tissues and organs
• cardiovascular system
• respiratory system
• musculo-skeletal system
• endocrine system
• digestive system
• urinary system
• reproductive system
• integumentary system
• lymphatic system
• nervous system, including sensory systems – eye and ear
• the special senses – smell, taste, vision, equilibrium and hearing
• immune system
• anatomical and medical terminology:
• when referring to the human body
• when taking measurements in different body systems
• common disorders, problems and complaints associated with each body system and its components relevant to the services being provided
• analysis of abnormal findings from diagnostic procedures and physical assessment
• pathophysiology of diseases associated with each body system and the impact of disease on each body system and their related structures, especially in relation to potential impact of specific health procedures provided
• recognition of the signs and symptoms of common clinical conditions and the (provisional) diagnosis of same
• pharmacological processes and drug actions, indications and contraindications
• effects of biological maturation and ageing processes on body systems and their components and in relation to specific health procedures provided
• the impact of:
• common environmental emergencies (diving, altitude, temperature)
• overdose and poisoning
• surgical insult
• trauma (penetrating, blunt)
• basic chemistry (molecules and compounds; chemical reaction, energy; acids and bases) and as related to metabolism, respiration, pH (respiratory and renal acidosis/alkalosis)
• structure and function of cells, including:
• basic understanding of cellular respiration/carbohydrate metabolism
• cell/tissue requirements for survival
• major types of cellular adaptation
• transport systems:
• active (primary) and passive (diffusion – simple, facilitated)
• forces (hydrostatic and osmotic)
• role responsibilities and limitations for different members of the care team in relation to analysing health information and providing services
The course is offered as a unit of competency.
Dr Sarath Jayawardana, MD, PhD, Grad Dip Education
After graduating as a medical practitioner, Sarath Practiced medicine for ten years in Sri Lanka before migrating to Australia in 1990. He studied Medicine for the second time in St Kitts (US Medical curriculum) and completed all his clinical placement in several hospitals in Australia.
Sarath was responsible for development and delivery of the Biomedical Science units at the AIHM and AIHFE for more than 25 years and had a unique skill to deliver the course contents in an interesting, easy to understand way and to inspire his audience. Teaching Bio Medical science is one of Sarath’s passions.
The course is delivered online so that student can study at a time that suit them the most. Learners are given access to over one hundred hours of recorded audio/video lectures and tutorials. The lectures and tutorial have been recorded during previous virtual classroom environment. In addition to recorded lectures students are also given access to the power points and other learning resources.
Students are encouraged to follow the study plan that is published under the unit resources and attempt all complete all the theory assessment and activities before they attend the one day practical workshop. The workshop will be held twice a year, once in December and again in June. The date will be announced 3 months in advance and the date is subject to number of students enrolled in the unit/workshop. The venue of the workshop may also change depend on the location of the cohort.
Recommended textbook: Students are required to purchase Principles of Anatomy and Physiology by Tortora, G and Derrickson, B 12thor a later edition as a supplement for the learning resources .
1. Completion of all the learning activities including online multiple-choice questions
2. Completion of 10 case studies
3. Attendance to a one-day interactive workshop
This is a nationally recognised unit of competency which forms a core unit in a number of qualifications including:
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HLT52415- Diploma of Kinesiology
HLT52515- Diploma of Reflexology
T54115- Diploma of Nursing
HLT52315- Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy
HLT52215- Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies
HLT52115- Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Remedial Massage
HLT52015- Diploma of Remedial Massage
Upon completion of the unit, a nationally recognised unit of competency certificate will be awarded.
Learners who successfully complete this unit are eligible to apply for credit transfer for any qualification that required this unit and not required to repeat the unit. Learners may also apply for recognition of prior learning for a similar unit that forms a qualification or require to complete a unit with the similar contents.