School Of Health Sciences

Communication in HealthWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 400732.3


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 1

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Caterina Tannous

Equivalent Units
400131 - Communication for the Helping Professions, 700062 - Communication in Health (WSTC)

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2021 Spring  Yes  Campbelltown Campus - DAY  Elizabeth Atteya  Timetable not available  
2021 Spring  Yes  Online - ONLINE  Elizabeth Atteya  Timetable not available  
2021 Spring  Yes  Penrith Campus - DAY  Elizabeth Atteya  Timetable not available  
2021 Sydney City Session 2  Yes  Sydney City Campus - DAY  Andrey Zheluk  Timetable not available  
2021 Block A  Yes  Online - ONLINE  Maria Dent  Timetable not available   Print Unit Outline*

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About this Unit
NOTE: Students enrolled in an Online or Penrith university course should enrol into 400732 Campbelltown campus. For Spring 2020 this unit will be offered fully online for all students. Good communication within the health care setting is associated with improved health outcomes. This unit introduces students to foundation knowledge and skills required for effective communication with various stakeholders in varied and complex health situations. The unit is skills-based and uses case studies to create scenarios to which students learn to respond. There is a focus on the client interview and various questioning techniques designed to facilitate a therapeutic relationship as a means of developing rapport and trust. Strategies to promote communication within, between and across health professional disciplines, teams and government agencies is also explored. Written forms of documentation as well as communication skills required to communicate health information to clients, groups and the wider community are also presented. The unit uses a ‘student capital’ framework to facilitate reflection on current communication skills and those required for success at university and in future practice.

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