Professional Development in Adult Palliative Care

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Palliative Care Non-Award Professional Development
Course Adult Palliative Care
Partner Faculty Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science (MDHS), School of Health Sciences
Background The Centre for Palliative Care (CPC) has a state-wide role in palliative care education, with a focus on ensuring education is multidisciplinary and delivered by experts in their field who may be drawn from multiple institutions around Victoria as appropriate. The goals for CPC in regard to palliative care education are to:
  • Increase general understanding and skill in palliative care through education and training of the general health workforce
  • Develop future leaders in palliative care through programs designed to increase the number of palliative care specialists, and through facilitating opportunities for networking, peer support and leadership development.
Course Description Four courses available for health professionals:

Pain Assessment and Management
This one day course covers; the patho-physiology of pain, an exploration of the evidence to guide practice, how to clinically assess pain/s, pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies for managing pain and case study discussions.

Symptom Management
This one day course covers fatigue, gastro-intestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, cachexia and anorexia, constipation, delirium, respiratory symptoms and a "Pandora's box" of other symptoms.

Palliative Care in Non-Cancer Context
This one day course covers dementia, HIV/Aids, Aged Care challenges, paediatric illnesses and neurodegenerative disorders.

Family Centred Palliative Care and Cultural Issues
This one day course covers clinical and conceptual framework, preparing family carers for their role, cultural aspects, conducting family meetings, supports and services for carers and bereavement support strategies.

The above short course also forms part of our award courses. Please see Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care or Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care for further details.
Delivery Mode Face-to-face intensive delivery over 1 day per program.
Who Should Apply The programs are relevant for doctors (including general practitioners), nurses, and allied health professionals who work in a range of care settings including paediatric care, aged care, acute care, community care, palliative care and cancer care.
Entry Requirements No specific pre-requisites.
Academic and Teaching Team Professor Peter Hudson, Director, Centre for Palliative Care AND Professor of Palliative Care Queens University Belfast, United Kingdom

Associate Professor Mark Boughey, Centre for Palliative Care and Director, Palliative Medicine St Vincent's (Melbourne)

Ms Karen Quinn, Co-Ordinator Education & Project Officer for Victorian Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Collaborative, Centre for Palliative Care

Experts from other institutions and services are also involved in the delivery of the program.
Delivery Dates, Times and Fees
  Time Date Fee
Pain Assessment & Management 9AM - 5PM 20 July 2017 $450 + GST
Symptom Assessment and Management 9AM - 5PM 21 July 2017 $450 + GST
Palliative Care in Non-Cancer Contexts 9AM - 5PM 7 September 2017 $450 + GST
Family Centred Palliative Care 9AM - 5PM 8 September 2017 $450 + GST

NOTE: Programs will only run if a minimum number of participants is achieved. Priority for place is given to award students. Please contact School of Melbourne Custom Programs for further details +61 3 9035 8843.
How to Apply Registrations for 2017 are now open via the 'Book now' button.
Delivery Venue Graduate House
220 Leicester St, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia, 3053
Fee Inclusions The fees include course materials and catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).
Additional Information All short course attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance, identifying the number of CPD hours for the course.
Related non-award courses Fundamentals of Palliative Care
Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement
Paediatric Palliative Care
Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care
Related Award Courses Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care
Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
Contact Program Coordinator: Shannon Tucker
Phone : +61 3 9035 8843