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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative
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David Kissane, Barry Bultz, Phyllis Butow, and Ilora Finlay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.001.0001

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The Australian model

The Australian model

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(p.649) Chapter 56 The Australian model
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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care
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Caroline Nehill

Alison Evans

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.003.0056

In Australia, management of cancer patients occurs along a continuum starting with screening and diagnosis, through treatment and supportive care, to follow-up, and, in some cases, palliative and end-of-life care, with services provided in both tertiary and primary settings. Communication skills training for health professionals involved in cancer care is available in Australia through a number of avenues. Courses and workshops are provided through professional colleges representing different disciplines involved in cancer care, cancer organisations, and local service providers, in both the public and private sectors. The majority of formal communication skills training occurs at the postgraduate level, primarily in the form of interactive workshops implemented by one or more trained facilitators. This chapter describes current approaches to communication skills training for oncology health professionals in Australia, including the benefits and limitations of the current model, as well as future directions and priorities. It also describes the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre's National Communication Skills Training Initiative.

Keywords:   Australia, cancer patients, communication skills, training, oncology, health professionals, workshops, cancer care, breast cancer, private sector

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