Practice Pearl 5: Counselling and survivorship of patients with melanoma | RACGP Accredited | 30 min
Practice Pearl 5
Good communication is the foundation of strong trusting relationships between patients and their doctors, and all clinicians can build upon their communication skills. In this module, we examine communications strategies in cancer consultations and arm you with practical tools for difficult conversations. We also look at the psychosocial impact of cancer on the patient and their loved ones, and discuss how you can help your patients.
The Practice Pearls are a series of easy-to-digest resources for busy GPs and other medical, nursing and allied professionals who are not specialised in the treatment of melanoma. They have a strong diagnostic and practical management emphasis to help you gain a better understanding of the disease.
Dr Alexander Varey
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Melanoma Institute Australia and Westmead Hospital | Clinical Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney
A/Prof Jonathan Stretch AM
Surgical Oncologist and Deputy Medical Director, Melanoma Institute Australia | Associate Professor of Melanoma and Skin Oncology, The University of Sydney
A/Prof Robyn Saw
General Surgeon, Melanoma Institute Australia | Associate Professor in Surgery, The University of Sydney | Head of Department, Melanoma and Surgical Oncology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
This activity has been RACGP Accredited for 1 Category 2 point.
1. Apply principles of effective and empathic communication in difficult conversations with patients diagnosed with melanoma.
2. Assess the psychosocial impact of melanoma on patients, their families and carers.
3. Provide psychological interventions to optimise patient safety and wellbeing.