Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Course overview

  • 1 year part time
  • On Campus
  • Available to domestic and international students


Please note: This course has been discontinued and is no longer accepting applications.

The University of Melbourne’s Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care is the industry-standard course in palliative and end-of-life care management, designed for health professionals committed to providing the best possible support to patients in their care throughout the trajectory of a life-limiting illness.

Students will consolidate their knowledge of the core concepts and practices of palliative care including practice standards, symptom management, non-cancer contexts, bereavement care, psychosocial issues, support for carers and effective communication skills. There is a strong focus on applying clinical practice in a range of settings.

Palliative care is complex and interdisciplinary, and driven by patient and family need. Students will elect to complete subjects that complement their clinical role with the aim of improving outcomes for patients and their families.

Designed by leading clinical experts, this course is delivered in partnership with The Centre for Palliative Care (CPC), part of St Vincent’s Hospital. The Centre plays a pivotal role in the development and delivery of state-wide training and education programs for health professionals from a variety of disciplines.

Who is this course for?

The University of Melbourne’s Palliative Care program for health professionals in all disciplines currently working clinically with patients who are likely to benefit from the palliative approach.

The course is relevant for doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, pastoral care workers, music and art therapists, working in any setting. Previous students have worked in palliative care, aged care, community care, general practice, paediatrics and acute care – as well as emergency departments and intensive care units.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.


Students may also be interested in the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care, a one-year part-time course.

All subjects within this course are also accredited at Masters level with the University Of Melbourne. Students may consider continuing study and building towards a Masters qualification.