University of Technology Sydney

92227 Communication for Healthcare Professionals

6cp; Forms of attendance in this subject have changed to enable social distancing and reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 in our community. Consequently, the Subject Outline information for this subject has changed. Details of the changes are published in an addendum to the Subject Outline which is available on UTSOnline.


This subject introduces students to the theories and processes of effective communication with patients and facilitates the development of interpersonal skills in the health care professional.

Particular focus is given to facilitating the development of essential interpersonal and helping skills that underpin the therapeutic relationship. In particular, the emphasis is on the skills necessary to conduct a patient interview. The interaction between a health care professional and patient is the heart of patient care and the source of information on which clinical decisions are based. The health care professional's manner and approach may determine the success or failure of the relationship which is crucial to treatment. Therefore the core skills to facilitate a more effective and sensitive approach to a patient interview are fundamental to the health professional's education.

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Autumn session, City campus

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