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MEDI11004 Professional Practice
Professional Practice
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General Information


This unit focuses on what it means to be a health professional in Australia. You will learn about and apply the skills needed for effective interprofessional practice so that you can be an effective team member. You will learn to examine your thinking and assumptions and to reflect on your experiences to enhance your personal and professional development. You will explore social, cultural, historical and political factors that impact on the experiences of wellness and illness and on access to and quality of health care in Australia, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. You will learn how to provide culturally competent and respectful care. You will be introduced to the concept of being a change agent to foster cultural safety in learning, working and care environments.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Reflective Practice Assignment
Weighting: 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 45%
3. Portfolio
Weighting: 35%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from SUTE and Unit Coordinator


There was a large number of assessment elements.


Review the assessment strategy for relevance and also manageability for students and staff.

Feedback from SUTE and Unit Coordinator


Student expectations were not aligned with the number of lecture videos and visibility of the unit coordinator (UC). Most learning resources were not recorded lectures. Tutorials were not conducted by the UC. These factors may have contributed to students feeling a lack of connection with the unit coordinator.


Consider opportunities that could support student connection with the unit coordinator while also considering methods to support realistic student expectations about team teaching and variety of learning resources.

Feedback from SUTE and Unit Coordinator


Some students didn't recognise that the groupwork was a part of learning, not just an assessment activity.


Look for opportunities to place more focus on what students have learnt from participating in the groupwork, rather than what they produced from the groupwork.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss attributes of professionalism and their application to both learning and clinical environments
  2. Demonstrate understanding of interprofessional relationships through respectful interaction, collaboration and teamwork
  3. Reflect on your experiences, values, attitudes, assumptions and biases to enhance your own personal and professional development
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, values and social practices
  5. Discuss the impacts of social determinants of health, disability and culture on the experience of illness and access to health care for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  6. Discuss the core aspects of culturally safe and respectful practice that is responsive to patient diversity
  7. Discuss the attributes, motivations, skills, roles and actions that underpin positive social change.

This is a core unit for three health professional courses that are accredited by different external professional and regulatory bodies. The unit introduces a range of competencies at the foundational level.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 20%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 45%
3 - Portfolio - 35%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Health & Wellbeing

Authors: Brett Biles and Jessica Biles
Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: Paperback: 978-0-190-31144-5, eBook: 978-0-190-31145-2
Binding: eBook

Culture, Diversity and Health in Australia: Towards Culturally Safe Health Care

Authors: Tinashe Dune, Kim McLeod and Robyn Williams
Taylor & Francis Group
Milton Park Milton Park , Oxon , England
ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-760-52738-9, eBook: 978-1-003-13855-6
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

Both books support your learning in this unit and your future practice. Both are available online through the University Library, although you may source and purchase your own for your convenience.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Academic Integrity Statement

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