HLSC122 - Evidence for Practice

10 cp
Prerequisites: Nil
Teaching Organisation: 150 hours of focused learning.

It is a professional and pragmatic requirement that all healthcare professionals have the necessary skills to deliver evidence based, critically appraised, best practice. As the practice of all health care professionals in some way relates to the wellness of others, the ability to source and critically consume relevant literature related to practice is critical for optimum outcomes. Skills developed in this unit are required to assist students to start building knowledge which will guide their future practice as a health care professional.

This unit provides foundational knowledge and skills for sourcing, appraising and reflecting on literature and information sources used in the health care environment. To assist health students to deliver evidence based care, approaches to knowledge development in the health disciplines, including the generation of new knowledge, the refinement of practice and the delivery of quality care are explored. The application of research knowledge to the provision of evidence-based health care will be evaluated through a process of critical appraisal. The unit will introduce students to the concept of the 4 A’s of research - Awareness, Appreciation, Application and Ability. Students will also develop fundamental skills for accessing information by asking a question, and using that question to search for, find, and evaluate information.

Skills developed in this unit will provide health students with the ability to source credible and appropriate information which they will use to build their discipline specific knowledge across their undergraduate program and take into their future practice as a health care professional.