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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sue Burney


The role of the health psychologist within acute and chronic health care settings will be outlined in this unit. The areas that will be examined include the psychological treatment of a range of health problems; the psychological impact of illness and subsequent adjustment issues; dying, death and bereavement, and the role of support networks in health and illness.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand the aetiology, course and prognosis of major health problems;
  2. have conducted assessment and treatment of habit control and behaviour change;
  3. appreciate the preventative approaches to reccurrent and/or chronic conditions and disease;
  4. understand the psychological approaches to rehabilitation.


Case study report (1500 words)(30%)
Literature review (2000 words)(30%)
Class presentation (10%)
Examination (2 hours)(30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sue Burney

Off-campus attendance requirements

Five-day on-campus workshop is compulsory.

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: