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MHP5071 - Advanced clinical health psychology

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Nicole Rinehart


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The aim of this unit is for students to gain expertise in identifying, communicating and formulating psychological assessment and treatment issues within particular medical areas, e.g., cardiovascular, renal and stroke facilities.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe in detail the treatment modalities offered to patients in a specialist medical unit eg., renal, cardiac facilities;
  2. identify the psychological issues that are relevant to a specialist treatment unit or clinic;
  3. make recommendations for how medical units can make better use of health psychology assessments and interventions to improve patient quality of life;
  4. describe the similarities and differences between theoretical 'best practices' and 'real life' health psychology practices in a specialist medical treatment unit or clinic;
  5. apply health psychology principles to the assessment and interventions offered in other specialist medical units.


Literature review (3000 words): 30%
Clinical report (3000 words): 50%
Preparation of a 20 minute workshop: 20%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

five-day on-campus workshop