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RH1002: Communication Skills for Health Professionals Guide: Assessment 4: Oral Exam

Assessment 4: Oral Exam


Students will demonstrate they have learnt effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills by participating in a mock case conference. The purpose of the case conference is to present a prepared ‘client’ case study in a professional and ethical manner. Students will be required to prepare and present their case study using part of the ISBAR framework (Introduction, Situation, Background only). ISBAR is a widely used framework for client case conference and handovers. Students will also be required to verbally reflect on their learning during the case presentation.

Students will record their presentation into a PowerPoint slide and submit this in the dropbox.

Students will be allocated a case study in week 10. Students are to prepare their case study individually using evidence to support their presentation. Students will be allowed 4 minutes for their recording.

At the conclusion of the case presentation, each student will be record a 1 minute verbal reflection of one communication skill they wish to improve on based on what was used during the case presentation.

This will be marked according to the marking rubric.


Students should organise the structure of their presentation according to Introduction, Situation, and Background using the material provided in their allocated case study together with relevant, supporting evidence.  

During the presentation, students should demonstrate the communication skills of a health professional – introducing themselves, introducing their ‘client’, and using effective verbal communication skills. Students will be provided opportunities to practice their communication skills in workshops and additional resources can be accessed via Learn JCU.

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