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PSME428 Psycho-oncology

An introduction to psychological issues, processes, and treatment models relevant to cancer settings.

This paper is designed primarily for clinicians working in the areas of oncology, haematology and palliative care, although health professionals working in the general hospital setting would also find it very relevant.

Paper title Psycho-oncology
Paper code PSME428
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Must be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study and have experience of, or be currently working in, the relevant field of health care.

Teaching staff

Convenor: Professor Lois Surgenor

Teaching Arrangements

Four 2-day block courses held in Christchurch. Attendance at all block courses is compulsory.

For the purposes of class discussions held during the teaching semester, students also will be expected to attend the 'Clinical Grand Rounds' meetings each Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm.

No textbooks are required. However a list of readings will be provided to the class.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Have a knowledge and understanding of the key theories of, and processes involved in, the psychological adaptation to cancer
  • Have a working knowledge of the types of psychological/psychiatric disturbances presenting in people with cancer and the psychological issues for those working in psycho-oncology
  • Have a comprehensive introduction to the common psychological interventions and therapies relevant to haematology/oncology settings
  • Be knowledgeable about key themes in psycho-oncology research

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system