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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Ms Caroline Wright


This unit builds upon the knowledge of oncology and patient care related to the common malignancies which are reviewed in a radiation therapy clinic which is presented in RTP4001. It allows students to investigate patient evaluation tools for satisfaction, quality of life and performance status. It also provides knowledge and understanding of communication theory and that of cultural competence. Students are required to investigate information management and literacy with respect to the treatment review consultation together with issues associated with dealing with patient who have special needs.


  1. Discuss the role of the multi-disciplinary team in relation to the care of patients with cancer

  1. Analyse the impact of cancer diagnosis and the effects of radiation therapy on quality of life

  1. Describe the tools which are used for evaluating patient satisfaction and performance status

  1. Evaluate perspectives of communication and apply these to the radiation therapy context

  1. Describe the notion of cultural competence and how this may affect patient experiences

  1. Discuss the issues associated with information literacy and the specific information needs of patients receiving radiation therapy


Formative Assessments;
1. Group discussions and response postings: (Objectives 1-6)

Summative Assessment
1. 1500 word power point presentation and supporting notes posted onto Blackboard on quality of life and performance status and the role of the multi-disciplinary team with a 500 word critical response to a peers' PowerPoint presentation: 20% (Objectives 1 2 and 3)
2. 3000 word written assignment in the form of a journal article on communication theory and cultural competence in relation to the radiation therapy review consultation: 60% (Objectives 4, and 5)
3. 1500 word literature review on dealing with patients who have special needs: 20% (Objective 6)

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Marilyn Baird

Contact hours

12 hours per week