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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nicole Rinehart


The aim of this unit is for students to gain expertise in identifying, communicating and formulating psychological assessment and treatment issues within particular medical areas, e.g., cardiovascular, renal and stroke facilities.


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

  1. describe in detail the treatment modalities offered to patients in a specialist medical unit eg., renal, cardiac facilities;
  2. identify the psychological issues that are relevant to a specialist treatment unit or clinic;
  3. make recommendations for how medical units can make better use of health psychology assessments and interventions to improve patient quality of life;
  4. describe the similarities and differences between theoretical 'best practices' and 'real life' health psychology practices in a specialist medical treatment unit or clinic;
  5. apply health psychology principles to the assessment and interventions offered in other specialist medical units.


Literature review (3000 words)(20%)
Clinical report (6000 words)(30%)
Preparation of a 20 minute workshop (20%)
Examination (2 hours)(30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Nicole Rinehart

Off-campus attendance requirements

five-day on-campus workshop



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