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VCW1112 - Scar management

3 points, SCA Band 3, 0.063 EFTSL

Postgraduate Victorian College of Pharmacy

Leader: Kerry Britt


Not offered in 2007


The treatment of scars has become increasingly complex with a growing array of techniques and products available for use. The related costs for the management of scar is also expanding. This elective aims to explore current scar management practices and their evidential base. Knowledge of scar histology and appropriate outcome measurements will be used to critically evaluate interventions such as pressure therapy, massage and the use of contact media.



At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Outline the process of scar formation and how it affects the function of normal skin;
  2. Define the difference between normal scar and problematic scar;
  3. Describe methods of scar assessment;
  4. Critically evaluate the different types of management of scars: medical management, pressure therapy, massage, use of contact media;
  5. Identify the psychosocial impact of a significant scar on the individuals quality of life


Minor assignment (30%), major assignment (60%), participation in online tutorials (10%)


VCW1101, VCW1102, VCW1103, VCW1104, VCW1105