Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

The experience


Learn online and face-to-face

Subjects in this course offer a mix of in-person teaching and digital resources, including experiential learning and case discussion. For most subjects students are assigned a clinical mentor who is an experienced palliative care clinician, who will offer guidance for the clinical assessment components.

You’ll have access to high-quality online education tools, accessible any time – all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Your virtual classroom is academically robust and designed to prepare you for competition in your field. You will expand your skills and knowledge via innovative technologies, like webinars, podcasts and moderated discussion forums.

Why study online?

The online learning environment has been carefully devised by expert academics, alongside learning designers and technology specialists, to facilitate an interactive and flexible student experience.

At the University of Melbourne, you will have access to the best minds and a dynamic peer group. Throughout the course you will be able to engage closely with fellow online students and share your knowledge with each other.

Gain access to the highest levels of support

From your initial expression of interest right through to graduation, you’ll receive all the technical support you need.

Don’t be surprised if you learn our student support team members by name – they are dedicated, personal and friendly and they understand that every student experience is unique. If a challenge arises, they’ll do everything in their power to assist you so that you can continue to have an excellent learning experience.

Our online student support consultants can assist with:

  • Enrolment and subject selection assistance
  • Administrative logistics and fee options
  • Technical support
  • Online learning skills and workload management
  • Special circumstances.

The Parkville campus

The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus is an exciting place to study. As a student based at Parkville, you will enjoy:

An engaged cohort and professional network

You’ll join the brightest students from across Australia and the world and become part of a dynamic academic community. You will be able to engage closely with academic experts and peers and build a vital professional network.

University support services

We ensure a supportive environment for all students and offer a range of enrichment activities, including a student mentoring program, wellbeing services and academic skills support.

A vibrant campus

Our Parkville campus is a city within a city. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket, and even a seasonal farmers market, you’ll never have to leave.

Melbourne city life

The Parkville campus is located just a short walk to the Melbourne CBD, the famous Queen Victoria Market and a host of cafes, restaurants, shops, theatres, galleries and bars.

Academic and Teaching Team

Professor Peter Hudson, Director, Centre for Palliative Care and Professor (Hon), University of Melbourne, and Professor (Hon), Vrije University Brussels

Professor Lynn Gillam, Director of the Children's Bioethics Centre based at the Royal Children's Hospital

Professor Clare Delaney, Clinical Ethicist at both the Royal Children's Hospital as well as the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Associate Professor Mark Boughey, Centre for Palliative Care and Director, Palliative Medicine St Vincent's (Melbourne)

Ms Karen Quinn, Co-Ordinator Education, Centre for Palliative Care

Mr Chris Hall, Director, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Associate Professor Dr Jenny Hynson, Consultant Paediatrician, Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program The Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne)

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

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

Dr Keryn Taylor, Psychiatrist, Psychosocial Cancer Care, St Vincent’s (Melbourne)

Dr Danielle Ko, Palliative Care Medicine Specialist and Clinical Ethics Lead Austin Health

Dr Ros McDougall, Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and has previously worked at Royal Children's Hospital and now with Austin Health