Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences


Dr Caroline Wright



  • First semester 2016 (Online)
  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


This is the second core unit of the Master of Advanced Radiation Therapy Practice. It is designed to meet the needs of Radiation Therapists seeking to extend their knowledge and skills in patient care, assessment and toxicity management. The unit will allow students to develop the skills to formulate strategies to assist in managing patient care and treatment compliance through communication and cultural competence. Students will critically evaluate the tools used to assess and monitor the condition of patients during their treatment course. Students will also analyse information management in relation to their current roles in supporting patients. The assessment and monitoring tools used in evaluating the effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment will be investigated and their application to radiation therapy practice appraised.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Appraise the issues associated with information literacy and provision of information to cancer patients prior to, during and after radiation therapy
  2. Evaluate and reflect on communication theory relating to patient care, assessment and compliance with treatment
  3. Analyse the concept of cultural competence reflecting on how this may impact on patient care and management
  4. Explain the concept of emotional intelligence and describe how this can be used in patient care strategies
  5. Analyse the impact of cancer diagnosis and the effects of radiation therapy on quality of life
  6. Evaluate the tools which are used for the assessment of patient health, performance status, well-being and satisfaction
  7. Distinguish between the range of toxicity assessment tools used in radiation therapy and apply this to your current practice.


Reflective analysis (3,000 words) (30%)
Report (1,500 words) (20%)
Evidence-based critical case analysis (2,500 words) (20%)
Comparative analysis (3,000 words) (30%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 12 hours per week of direct engagement in the learning materials and 12 hours of self-directed study for 12 weeks.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Medical radiations and radiation therapy