Inherent Requirements for Health Science Courses

Published: Wednesday 10th February 2016

In 2016 Health Sciences courses in Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Social Work will have comprehensive information on Inherent Requirements for their courses available to inform practice and discussions between Student, Disability Adviser and Academic Staff, as required.

Inherent requirements are elements / aspects, elicited from the curriculum and represent core or essential elements of a program of study. Inherent Requirements are intrinsic to the course that cannot be changed, modified or adjusted. Students must pass in order to complete a course.which if removed or substituted would substantially impact on the learning outcomes.

The implementation of Inherent Requirements has been initiated to: Assist all students to make informed choices about applying for courses by articulating expectations of students enrolled in a course, from the time they first consider coming to university.

Support students to engage in self-assessment of their capacity to complete the requirements and seek appropriate guidance.

Enable informed, transparent  and consistent decisions about reasonable adjustments to be implemented to assist students with disability. Guide the provision of reasonable adjustments in unit delivery and assessment so as not to compromise unit or course learning outcomes. Inherent Requirements information can be found at:

An Inherent Requirements workshop delivered by Associate Professor Amanda Johnson State Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine NSW/ACT and Carolyn Toonen Manager Disability Services was provided to staff on the 7 December and another will be scheduled during 1st semester.  The power point slides for this workshop can be accessed on the Disability Services webpages on the ACU staff webpages at:

For more information on Inherent Requirements, contact Carolyn Toonen Manager Disability Services.