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Supportive Care and Palliative Care (MEDI90085)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMEDI90085
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

With the rapidly increasing volume of patients with a diagnosis of cancer there are an increasing number of patients having to deal with the consequences of cancer. This subject will provide an evidenced-based, best practice approach to both palliative care and survivorship care. It will address the physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of diagnosis, treatment and the supportive care services that address those. Students will also develop a detailed understanding of palliative care, its goals, techniques and limitations. In doing so, students will also explore the role of the multidisciplinary teams in various health care delivery models and how that influences patient centred care.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the consequences of cancer treatment on cancer survivors
  • Determine how supportive care addresses the multi-faceted effects of cancer on patients and their families
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the role of palliative care for cancer patients, including its goals, techniques and interaction with other medical and allied health clinicians
  • Critically reflect on the psychosocial, cultural, ethical and spiritual issues for patients, families and carers who have, or have had, a diagnosis of cancer

Generic skills

  • Advanced analytic skills
  • Skills in working collaboratively with individuals, groups and organisations
  • Increased capacity to manage unfamiliar problems
  • Improved written and communication skills
  • Increased ability to work independently and be self-motivated

Last updated: 6 August 2019