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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Psycho-oncology
    Subject Psychological Medicine
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

    To be confirmed when the paper is next offered.

    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


    Not offered in 2024

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