|Area of Study||Type of Course||Level of Study|
|Palliative Care||Award||Specialist Certificate|
|Course||Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care|
|GC - PALLC|
|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 'Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care' is a formal award of the University of Melbourne comprising 25 points of training at Masters level, delivered as two 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, psychosocial issues and the role of the family caregiver.
'Fundamentals of Palliative Care' is the core subject for the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care. Students can then choose either Adult Palliative Care or Paediatric Palliative Care or Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement or Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care to complete the award course. The Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care is a stand-alone award in its own right that may be considered for credit into more substantial postgraduate courses (including the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care).
|Delivery Mode||A combination of face to face and online delivery, with a strong clinical focus.|
|Who Should Apply||The training is targeted at health professionals (all disciplines) who are required to provide palliative care in their work setting. A delivery format of two four-day subjects offered intensively throughout the year has been established to accommodate the needs of regional and interstate health professionals.|
Over the seven years since the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care was introduced, a total of 160 students have successfully completed the award course. Students have included 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.|
|Pathways to Further Study||Students that have completed the Specialist Certificate will be given credit for study completed into the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care.|
|Additional Information||The Order of Malta Award is an annual prize ($1,000) which is awarded to the student who achieves the overall highest academic grade for the year.|
Some components of the award course subjects are also offered as short course options. Refer to the related non-award courses information below.
|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, Clinical Nurse Consultant, 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 one 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 $6,020 ($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.|
|Delivery Dates and Times|| |
*Compulsory face-to-face modules for doctors and nurses
NOTE: Subject will only run if minimum number of participants is met.
|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.|
|Applications Close||Applications for Semester 1, 2018 are now closed. Applications for Semester 2, 2018 will open in April/May.|
|Related Award Courses||Graduate 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
The University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 9035 8843