Treatment Review for Advanced Radiation Therapy Practice

Course description

This course facilitates the development of an advanced practice role in radiation therapy treatment review, patient care and information provision. This role requires the RT to have the relevant underpinning detailed academic knowledge of anatomy, physiology and oncology for a range of body sites which are commonly treated with radiation therapy (lung, breast, prostate, rectum, head and neck and bladder). An understanding of oncological management strategies for each of these cancers is necessary in order for RTs to develop their clinical skills. The units also facilitate the development of RT skills set in this area to be equivalent to those of the RO. Thus the RT develops competency in evaluation of side effects and patient well-being together with developing more advanced skills in consultation and information provision.

Units included in course:

  1. Principles of Radiation Oncology for Treatment Review 1
  2. Advanced Clinical Practice: Radiation Therapy Treatment Review 1
  3. Principles of Radiation Oncology for Treatment Review 2
  4. Advanced Clinical Practice: Radiation Therapy Treatment Review 2

Mode of delivery

Non-award online distance education program delivered by Monash University, supported clinically by selected radiation oncologists and clinical facilitator. Clinical workbooks and academic materials provided by Monash University.
Please note access to the Monash University library is not available for participants of non-award courses. You will need to have access to online journal subscription external to the University.

Course Duration

Participants have the option to complete the full course in 2 semesters (1 year) – this method involves the study of one academic unit and one clinical unit per semester, a total of 4 units of study.
Alternatively the academic units may be completed in one year and the clinical units in the following year. The academic units are a pre-requisite to the clinical units.
Assessments are conducted throughout the semester. Due dates for all assessments are provided at the commencement of each semester. Assessments format may include learning contracts, written assignments, case studies in written and power point formats, professional portfolios, self evaluation, extended reflective case analysis, problem based learning cases, case logs, and clinical skills assessments. There is no end of semester written exam.

Learning outcomes

Clinical learning outcomes

  1. Argue the importance of incorporating an evidence based paradigm into radiation therapy practice
  2. Discuss in detail the importance of clinical decision making and change management in the advanced practice role
  3. Critically evaluate from an informed perspective a range of patient case notes and histories and apply the information to the choice of radiation therapy treatment prescription
  4. Analyse the decision to treat, suggesting potential methods of intervention and communicating any issues to the relevant member of the multidisciplinary team
  5. Appraise the radiobiological and physiological processes related to the range of side effects experienced by patients receiving radiation therapy to the commonly arising malignancies
  6. Evaluate the tools which are used in radiation therapy planning to predict the acute and chronic side effects
  7. Demonstrate a ‘Competent’ level of practice in treatment review of patients with commonly arising malignancies and justify the rationale for decision making

Academic learning outcomes

  1. Appraise the role of the multi-disciplinary team in relation to the care of patients with cancer
  2. Analyse the impact of cancer diagnosis and the effects of radiation therapy on quality of life
  3. Describe the tools which are used for evaluating patient satisfaction and performance status
  4. Evaluate perspectives of communication and apply these to the radiation therapy context
  5. Describe the notion of cultural competence and how this may affect patient experiences
  6. Discuss the issues associated with information literacy and the specific information needs of patients receiving radiation therapy

How to enrol

Enrolment forms are available on request by emailing catherine.osborne@monash.edu

To enrol you need to complete the enrolment application form and email this along with supporting documentation (proof of qualifications, proof of citizenship, and a letter of support from your clinical centre that also states the names of your Radiation Oncologist mentor and Radiation Therapist facilitator) to: catherine.osborne@monash.edu

Enrolments close on January 31, annually

Once your application has been processed, and if you are accepted onto the course fees need to be paid prior to the commencement of each semester.

Course fees

International Participants Full course is $5000 or single unit enrolment is $1250

Course dates

Semester 1: Early March – Late June annually
Semester 2: Late July – Late November annually

Further enquires

If you have any additional queries please contact: Catherine Osborne Course convener
E: catherine.osborne@monash.edu