Professional Development in Paediatric Palliative Care

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Palliative Care Non-Award Professional Development
Course Paediatric 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:

Illnesses Encountered
This one day course covers genetic and metabolic conditions affecting children, palliative care in the ICU and in the lung transplant setting, neonatal palliative care, childhood malignancies, and neuromuscular conditions.

Symptom Management
This one day course covers cancer pain, non-pharmacological interventions, nausea and vomiting, terminal sedation, symptom management in children with neurological conditions, respiratory symptoms in paediatric palliative care, psychological symptoms (depression/anxiety existential distress) and discussion of terminal care (including routes of administration of medication).

Psychosocial & Spiritual Aspects
This one day course covers a parent's reflection, understanding of attachment theory and experiences of loss and love, spirituality and children, sibling support, grief and loss experience and importance and impact of paediatric care on self and development of personal and team strategies for self-care.

This one day course covers bioethical principles, children as decision-makers, parents as decision-makers, talking with children about illness and death, discussing end-of-life decision-making.

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.
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 prerequisites.
Academic and Teaching Team Dr Jenny Hynson, Medical Director, Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program The Royal Children's Hospital

Melissa Heywood, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program The Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne)

Where relevant, experts from other institutions and services are also involved in the delivery of the programs.
Delivery Dates, Times & Fees
  Time Date Fee
Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects 9AM - 5PM 20 June 2018 $450 + GST
Ethics 9AM - 5PM 21 June 2018 $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.

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 and subjects Fundamentals of Palliative Care
Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement
Adult Palliative Care
Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care
Related Award Courses Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care
Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
Contact Shannon Tucker
Program Coordinator
The University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 9035 8843