Core 10: Communication

Core 10: Communication


The Communication module seeks highlight the importance of effective and concise communication. It will outline common situations in which a junior doctor is expected to communicate with fellow clinicians and the patients. 

  • This module forms part of the Core Curriculum.
  • It requires less than 30 minutes preparation, and the preparation is targeted at preparing the resources, not reviewing the content.
  • It can be taught in 1 to 2 hours.

Teaching This Topic

As with all modules, first familiarise yourself with The 9 Rules of STITCCH.

The topic will outline four key areas of communication:

  •  Good written documentation, including that of a SOAP note.
  •  Oral communication and handover, including that of ISBAR.
  •  An introduction to informed consent.
  • Introduction to ceilings of care and resuscitation plans.

We suggest that you adapt this to your particular experience. For example, if obtaining consent in your hospital setting is done only at a registrar level or higher, you may want to omit this section.

STITCCH Resources

Other Resources

QLD Health resources on Consent:

  • Guide to Informed Decision-making in Healthcare (link).
  • Informed Consent for Specific Procedures (link). Suitable topics for discussion with medical students listed below:
    • Blood Transfusions (link)
    • PICC Line Insertion (link)
    • Contrast for Imaging (link)

Update History

 28 October 2016,  First Edition.

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