|Area of Study||Type of Course||Level of Study|
|Palliative Care||Award||Graduate Certificate|
|Course||Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care|
|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: |
|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.|
|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 2017 are $11,560 ($2,890 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.|
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 2, 2017 are now closed.|
Applications for Semester 1, 2018 will open in 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