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Psychosocial Oncology (HLTH90003)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeHLTH90003
Term 3 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject explores the theoretical paradigms, and the political, economic and social determinants of psychosocial practice in the field of oncology. Advances in cancer care, and the relevance of these in relation to life stresses and quality of life, have resulted in the increased importance of psychosocial issues on assessment, intervention and recovery. The subject will include the impact of cancer on the developmental stage of the individual, including family and interpersonal relationships, as well as issues related to survivorship and the management of cancer as a chronic illness. Professionals working in multidisciplinary cancer care teams are in a unique position to respond to the needs of people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their carers. This subject aims to strengthen their capacity to respond effectively and appropriately from a psychosocial service perspective.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of cancer and the implications for psychosocial functioning and quality of life across the life span;
  • demonstrate their understanding of the importance and role of community based providers and the cancer care team in their approach to the care of cancer survivors, their carers and families;
  • relate their understanding of the psychosocial issues associated with cancer care to policy development, service provision and evaluation, and research; and
  • demonstrate their familiarity with psychosocial practice/intervention strategies relevant to working with cancer survivors.

Generic skills

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • high level written communication skills
  • advanced information and interpretation skills
  • advanced analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
  • demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through essay writing and online discussions

Last updated: 15 August 2019