Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Palliative Care Award Graduate Certificate
Course Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
Course Code GC-PALCARE
Course Abbreviation GradCert in 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.
As part of its strategy to offer education in palliative care, CPC recognised the need to develop a university accredited postgraduate training program in palliative care, which would be the industry standard for working in specialist palliative care and open to all disciplines as well as interstate participants. CPC partnered with the University of Melbourne to develop and deliver 'The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care'.
Course Description The 'Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care' is a formal award of the University of Melbourne comprising 50 points of training at Masters level, delivered as four standard 12.5 point subjects requiring 4 days of face to face teaching each.

The course aims to be the industry standard for working in specialist palliative care and is delivered by experts in their fields, drawn from multiple institutions around Victoria. The course explores the core concepts related to palliative care, including symptom management, communication skills, and evidence based practice, non-malignant palliative illnesses, psycho-social issues, the role of the family caregiver and approaches to bereavement.
Delivery Mode A combination of face to face and online delivery, with a strong clinical focus. A delivery format of four four-day subjects offered intensively in two day blocks throughout the year has been established to enable accessibility for regional and interstate health professionals.
Who Should Apply The training is targeted at health professionals (all disciplines) who are required to provide palliative care in their work setting. This includes health professionals from the following disciplines: nursing, medicine, social work, family support worker, occupational therapy, pastoral care, speech therapy, music therapy, art therapy, physiotherapy, and hospital chaplaincy.
  • NURS90046 Fundamentals of Palliative Care
  • NURS90047 Adult Palliative Care
  • NURS90065 Paediatric Palliative Care
  • NURS90073 Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement
  • NURS90074 Psychosocial Aspects in Palliative Care
NOTE: Subject will only run if minimum number of participants is met. Please contact School of Melbourne Custom Programs for further details +61 3 9035 8843.
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and clinically relevant for healthcare professionals and includes clinical mentorship for some subjects.
Additional Information Nurses who complete a graduate certificate related to their area of work are entitled to a qualification allowance, which is calculated at 4.0% of the Base Rate. Registered nurses may be eligible to gain 50 credit points of advanced standing toward the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
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

Mr Chris Hall, Director, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Dr Jenny Hynson, Consultant Paediatrician, Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program The Royal Children's Hospital

Melissa Heywood, Liaison Nurse/Manager , Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program The Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne)

Dr Di Clifton, Psychiatrist, Psycho-Oncologist, St Vincent's Melbourne

Where relevant, experts from other institutions and services are also involved in the delivery of the programs.
Entry Requirements An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in medicine, nursing, an allied health profession, science or social science which is recognised by the University as evidence of adequate preparation for the course

Plus documented evidence of at least two year's full-time relevant professional work experience in a medical, scientific or allied health environment. Potential students will be responsible for providing palliative care within their current workplace.

Applicants are required to satisfy the University's English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required
Course Fees Fees in 2018 are $12,040 ($3,010 per subject). Fees are subject to an annual increase.
Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources & catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) during intensive delivery of subjects.

As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Semester 1, 2018
NURS90046 Fundamentals of Palliative Care Time Date
Palliative Care: The Essentials 8.45AM - 5PM 8 & 9 February 2018
Therapeutic Communications 8.45AM - 5PM 19 & 20 April 2018
NURS90073 Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement Time Date
Historical and theoretical perspectives on bereavement 9AM - 5PM 22 February 2018
Developmental perspectives on bereavement 9AM - 5PM 23 February 2018
Clinical Interventions 9AM - 5PM 16 May 2018
Self-Care and Ethical Issues in Bereavement Care 9AM - 5PM 17 May 2018
Semester 2, 2018
NURS90047 Adult Palliative Care Time Date
Pain Assessment & Management 8.45AM - 5PM 19 July 2018
Symptom Assessment & Management 8.45AM - 5PM 20 July 2018
Palliative Care in Non-Malignant Contexts 8.45AM - 5PM 13 September 2018
Family Centred Palliative Care 8.45AM - 5PM 14 September 2018
NURS90065 Paediatric Palliative Care Time Date
Illnesses Encountered in Paediatric Palliative Care 9AM - 5PM TBC
Symptom Management in Paediatric Palliative Care 9AM- 5PM TBC
Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects 9AM- 5PM TBC
Ethics 9AM- 5PM TBC
NURS90074 Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care Time Date
Identification and Assessment of Psychological and Psychiatric
9AM- 5PM 16 August 2018
Management of Psychiatric and Psychological Disorder 9AM- 5PM 17 August 2018
Special Needs and High-Risk populations 9AM- 5PM 20 August 2018
Supporting health care professionals to care for palliative care
patients and families who are experiencing psychosocial distress
9AM- 5PM 21 August 2018

NOTE: Subject will only run if minimum number of participants is met.
Please contact School of Melbourne Custom Programs for further details +61 3 9035 8843
Delivery Venue Graduate House
220 Leicester St, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia, 3053
Online Learning System - SOLE Once you have enrolled you will be issued with a Student Online Learning Environment (SOLE) user name and password so you can access all course materials and activities as well as being able to interact with other students using this platform e.g. participating in discussion forums.
Application Process Graduate Certificate applications are managed by the Award Programs Team, according to the policies and procedures of the University of Melbourne.
Applications Close Applications for Semester 1, 2018 will open on Monday 30 October 2017
Related Award Courses Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care
Related non-award courses and subjects Fundamentals of Palliative Care
Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement
Adult Palliative Care
Paediatric Palliative Care
Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

*Note that places on the above short courses are limited. Priority for place is given to award students. Please contact School of Melbourne Custom Programs for further details +61 3 9035 8843
Contact Program Coordinator: Shannon Tucker
Phone : +61 3 9035 8843