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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

4 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.0833333 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 the final clinical studies unit and builds upon the foundations established in the three Radiation Therapy and Planning units and the clinical expertise developed in the previous five Clinical Studies units. This unit will facilitate the attainment of competency in the delivery of radiation treatment to patients receiving breast or chest wall irradiation, lung or oesophagus cancer, gynaecological or testicular cancer, sarcoma (extremities), head and neck cancer, a primary brain tumour, prostate cancer, haematological disease as well as palliative care to patients. Finally the unit requires the student to treat or simulate/plan four complex patients with four fields or more.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate and communicate a broad and critical conceptual understanding of the treatment and /or simulation of a patient receiving complex treatment.
In addition students will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform to the level of competent practitioner the simulation and treatment for 6 of the following:

  1. conditions in which up to 4 fields are used or where MLCs or shielding is required;
  2. patients receiving breast or chest wall irradiation;
  3. patients with either lung or oesophegus cancer;
  4. patients with either gynaecological or testicular disease;
  5. patients with sarcoma (extremities);
  6. head and neck cancer;
  7. a primary brain tumour;
  8. prostate cancer; and
  9. haematological disease.


Reflective case notes (20%)
Competency based clinical assessments (50%)
Two assignments (30%).

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Caroline Wright

Off-campus attendance requirements

Placement for 14 continuous weeks in a clinical Radiotherapy Department (5 weeks academic credit, 9 weeks professional credit).


MMR5022, RTS5020 or NMS5020