Communication skills training

Effective communication skills are a core skill for clinicians and a key element of cancer care but one in which few health professionals have received much formal training

A range of modules to support health professionals have been developed by *National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre to implement evidence-based communication skills training. These modules are relevant for all cancer types.

The way a clinician and the treatment team relates to, and communicates with a patient can significantly benefit the patient and their family, including improvements in psychosocial adjustment, decision-making, treatment compliance and satisfaction with care.

Communication skills training modules 

Communication skills training modules includes a summary of the relevant research and guidelines about how best to address issues when communicating with patients with cancer.

Breaking bad news

Eliciting and responding to emotional cues workshop resources

Communicating prognosis workshop resources

Addressing the needs of younger women workshop resources

Discussing the transition from curative to palliative care 

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* On 30 June 2011, National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre (NBOCC) amalgamated with Cancer Australia to form a single national agency, Cancer Australia to provide leadership in cancer control and improve outcomes for Australians affected by cancer.