Competency information


Assist with obtaining a clinical history using a logical sequence/framework, which might include:

  • brief biography
  • history of presenting complaint
  • past history
  • smoking/alcohol use
  • medication (prescribed and other)
  • allergies
  • family/social history
  • concerns and expectations
  • summary


  • The importance of an accurate and complete patient history and the potential implications of missing or incorrect information.
  • Factors relevant to the range of investigations to be undertaken.
  • How to validate information provided.
  • How to communicate with patients in ways that facilitate co- operation and an understanding of requirements, including patients with special needs.

Relevant learning outcomes

# Outcome
# 1 Outcome Record and integrate a patient history with the outcome of clinical examination and determine appropriate diagnostic investigations for patients commonly referred to cardiac, vascular, respiratory and sleep OR gastrointestinal, urodynamic science OR audiology, neurophysiology, or ophthalmic and vision science diagnostic services in conjunction with the wider clinical team.