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Advanced Communication Skills Retreat 2021


Due to the current uncertainty relating to COVID-19 outbreaks and the changing lockdown conditions throughout Victoria, we have decided to cancel the 2021 Advanced Communications Skills Retreat.
If you would like to find out about alternative communication courses for health professionals, our courses are listed here.

For all health professionals working with cancer patients

Sharpen your clinical communication skills at this three-day intensive retreat. In the fourth iteration of this unique program our expert clinicians facilitate small group workshops using simulated patients for practice of real-world scenarios.

The retreat has been accredited by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRMM). Information on the accreditation can be found below.

Through learning tailored to challenges from your individual clinical practice, you will enhance your core skills in:

  • Delivering bad news
  • Discussing life-limiting illness and end-of-life care
  • Managing mismatched expectations between patients and treating teams
  • Discussing advanced care planning and determining goals of care
  • Using feedback to maximise learning
  • Shared decision making between patients and healthcare teams
  • Engaging and empowering patients

Hear what previous participants had to say:
  • "I identified enormous improvements in my communication skills, and now have frameworks I will work with in my clinical practice"

  • "I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who interacts with patients.  The skills you learn not only make you a better communicator, they make you a better clinician."

  • "Fantastic course! Small group experiential learning meant the teaching could be tailored to our individual needs. Totally relevant to my practice – in fact it should be encouraged for all clinicians no matter their field."

Previous participants have represented general practice, palliative medicine and all areas of oncology.

For more information about this retreat please contact