Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Caroline Wright


This unit is designed to provide students with an overview of professional issues that relate to the practice of medical radiations. Topics include theories related to health psychology and how disease and injury affect patients and their carers; the effects of working in a health care environment on practitioners; medico-legal and ethical issues; communication, cultural competence and working with patients with special needs; reflective practice and professional portfolio development.


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

  1. Describe relevant theories of health psychology and health behaviour and their application in the delivery of medical radiation services;
  2. Explain the medico-legal and ethical principles relevant to the practice of medical radiations science;
  3. Discuss communication theories and describe how these apply to professional practice;
  4. Explain cultural competence and describe its relevance to professional practice;
  5. Discuss the issues related to dealing with patients with special needs;


Examination (2 hours)(50%)
Two written word assignments (2000 words each)(50%)
Hurdle requirement:
All elements of assessment must be passed to pass the unit.

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