Course Title: Professionalism and Evidence-based Health Care

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professionalism and Evidence-based Health Care

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery.

Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Hyde

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6548

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.61-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Professionalism and Evidence-based Healthcare is a one-semester course in which you will study the key features of the Australian healthcare system including the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), the health financing system and indigenous healthcare. You will learn the key functions of the National registration and accreditation scheme and the roles of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency in regulating Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Chinese medicine practitioners in Australia. Key concepts including code of conduct, professional identity, evidence-based healthcare practice, self-care, cultural safety and competence and inherent requirements that are fundamental to the contemporary practice of complementary and allied healthcare will be introduced. You will also develop communication skills that are essential for health professionals.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) and BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic):

  • PLO1: provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO3: practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO4: demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care
  • PLO5: communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals)
  • PLO6: work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  • PLO8: understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  • PLO3: Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management
  • PLO4: Effectively communicate with a wide audience (i.e. patients, carers, healthcare professionals and agencies), with respect and sensitivity to socio-cultural diversity, using a variety of media
  • PLO5: Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry
  • PLO6: Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships
  • PLO8: Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, recognising the historical development and evolution of the profession, and how this integrates with contemporary practice


On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain key features of the Australian healthcare system including MBS, PBS and health financing system.
  2. Outline the National registration and accreditation scheme, the role of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and its relevance to individual health professions.
  3. Discuss professional identity including the roles of allied health, and code of conduct for complementary and alternative medicine practitioners.
  4. Explain evidence-based healthcare practice.
  5. Review historical and cultural factors which contribute to the context of indigenous health care problems.
  6. Demonstrate communication skills for inter-professional practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include a mixture of on-line and face-to-face material, lectures and tutorials in a blended manner. Learning experiences that foster the development of the capabilities to be developed in this course will include problem-based learning and case-based learning experiences. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to culturally sensitive health care practice and cultural awareness.

Teacher Guided Hours: 24 hours with lectures, tutorials and online activities per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 96 hours per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All materials will be digitally available to students. Lecture material will be delivered via online and face-to-face mediums. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Progressive assessments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task aligns with CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Communication skills assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task aligns with CLOs 3, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Professionalism and evidence-based medicine project

Weighting 40%

This assessment task aligns with CLOs 3 & 4