Professional Development in Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Palliative Care Non-Award Professional Development
Workshop Psychosocial Aspects of 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 Three workshops are available for clinicians:

Identification, Assessment and Management of Psychological and Psychiatric Disorder -
This two day workshop will enable the participant to identify and distinguish different forms of distress and will provide strategies for the bio psychosocial, spiritual & existential management of distress.

Special Needs and High-Risk populations in Palliative Care - This one day workshop will examine the issues that arise in palliative care for non-malignant disease, at risk populations, people from different cultures and patients & families who challenge our interpersonal skills.

Supporting health care professionals to care for palliative care patients and families who are experiencing psychosocial distress - this one day workshop will address the experience of clinicians dealing with people impacted by life-threating illness and will cover team dynamics, self-care and supervision.

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 a 1 or 2 day workshop.
Who Should Apply The workshops are relevant for doctors (including general practitioners), nurses, and allied health professionals who work in a range of care settings including palliative care, cancer care, aged care, acute care, inpatient or community settings.
Entry Requirements No specific pre-requisites however a basic training and clinical experience in the area will be assumed.
Academic and Teaching Team Dr Di Clifton, Psychiatrist, Coordinator of Education, Psychosocial Cancer Care, Psycho-Oncologist, St Vincent's Melbourne

Dr Justin Dwyer, Acting Director, Psychosocial Cancer Care, St Vincent's Melbourne

Experts from other institutions and services are also involved in the delivery of the workshops.
Delivery Dates, Times and Fees
  Time Date Fee
Identification, Assessment & Management
of Psychological and Psychiatric Disorder
9AM-5PM 24 & 25 August 2017 $900 + GST
Special Needs and High-Risk populations 9AM-5PM 28 August 2017 $450 + GST
Supporting health care professionals to care
for palliative care patients and families who
are experiencing psychosocial distress
9AM-5PM 29 August 2017 $450 + GST

NOTE: Workshops 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
Adult Palliative Care
Paediatric Palliative Care
Related Award Courses Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care
Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
Contact Program Coordinator: Shannon Tucker
Email: tl-palliativecare@unimelb.edu.au
Phone : +61 3 9035 8843