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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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Caroline Wright


This unit facilitates the development of clinical skills in breast localisation and simulation to the level competent practitioner. Evidence-based practice, clinical decision making and change management are presented in the context of the advanced practice role. The clinical skills developed in RTP4010 are then consolidated with regards to breast localisation and problem solving associated with clinical/virtual breast volume delineation. The professional portfolio is further developed with additional evidence to demonstrate development as an advanced


By the end of the unit students will be able to operate at the level of Competent Practitioner and will demonstrate the ability to critically;

  1. Analyse legal and ethical frameworks in relation to advanced practice, reflecting on these in the context of their own development;
  2. Argue the importance of incorporating an evidence based paradigm into radiation therapy practice;
  3. Discuss in detail the importance of clinical decision making and change management in the advanced practice role;
  4. Evaluate from an informed perspective a range of patient case notes and histories to determine suitability for radiation therapy to the breast;
  5. Evaluate any contraindications which may affect the decision to proceed with radiation therapy localisation and simulation, suggesting potential methods of intervention and communicating any issues to the relevant member of the multidisciplinary team;
  6. Justify in relation to evidence the rationale for radiation field placement on a 'case by case' basis for patients with breast cancer and demonstrate a competent level of practice in clinical/virtual field border delineation;
  7. Discuss and reflect on contemporary approaches to the management of breast cancer relating to each case which is encountered during the localisation process.


Three in-depth Critical Case Appraisals (1000 words each)(50%)
Oral Case Presentation (10%)
Final Self Appraisal and Action Plan (1000 words)(10%)
Clinical Skills Assessment (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Marilyn Baird

Contact hours

12 hours per week (off-campus)


RTP4000, RTP4010