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RADT213 Advanced Healthcare Communication

Perceptions of pain, management of pain, psychosocial impact of terminal illness, coping, personal management strategies.

Paper title Advanced Healthcare Communication
Paper code RADT213
Subject Radiation Therapy
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $732.71
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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RADT 125 and RADT 126
Limited to
Teaching staff

Hazel Neser


Boog, K.M. and Tester, C.Y.(2007). Palliative care: A practical guide for the health professional. Elsevier: Churchill Livingstone.

Norman, E. (Ed.) (2019). Communication skills: For nursing and healthcare students. Lantern Publishing Ltd.

Opai, K. (2021). Tikanga: An introduction to te ao Māori. Aotearoa Books.

Wepa, D. (2015). (2nd Ed.) Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Describe factors that may influence an individual's perception of pain, including cancer-related pain (curative and palliative), and relate these to the role of the radiation therapist.
  • Identify non-pharmacological methods of pain management and relate these to the role of the radiation therapist.
  • Discuss the psychosocial impact of terminal illness on an individual and their family.
  • Identify appropriate responses to individuals and their family who are coping with terminal illness.
  • Describe how health equity could be improved in palliative care outcomes for Māori.
  • Discuss appropriate personal management strategies to lessen the impact on self of working with patients who are in pain and/or terminally ill.
  • Discuss the impact of delivering palliative treatment on teams.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system