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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 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
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Caroline Wright


This unit is designed to provide students with an overview of professional issues that relate to the practice of medical radiations. Topics include theories related to health psychology and how disease and injury affect patients and their carers; the effects of working in a health care environment on practitioners; medico-legal and ethical issues; communication, cultural competence and working with patients with special needs; reflective practice and professional portfolio development.


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

  1. Describe relevant theories of health psychology and health behaviour and their application in the delivery of medical radiation services;
  2. Explain the medico-legal and ethical principles relevant to the practice of medical radiations science;
  3. Discuss the relevance of communication theory to their own professional practice;
  4. Explain cultural competence and its relevance to medical radiations practice;
  5. Discuss the issues related to dealing with patients with special needs;
  6. Apply the principles of reflective practice and begin developing life-long learning skills.


Examination (2 hours)(50%)
Two word assignments (2000 words each)(50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Caroline Wright

Contact hours

12 hours per week


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