Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

      What will I study?


      Delivered by experts in their fields drawn from multiple institutions around Victoria, this course will introduce you to the theoretical knowledge and advances that underpin palliative care management, and equip you to put this knowledge into practice.

      As well as the core subject Fundamentals of Palliative Care, you will undertake three additional subjects, covering areas such as:

      • Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement, which considers the bereavement needs of special populations, and explores a range of individual, group and family techniques and intervention strategies
      • Paediatric Palliative Care, which explores symptom management, psychosocial and ethical issues for palliative children and their families
      • Ethics in Clinical Practice, which builds upon Fundamentals of Palliative by enhancing students’ understanding of ethical theories, principles, and frameworks, deepening students’ understanding of the common ethical issues relevant to daily clinical practice with a focus on issues relevant to providing care to those at the end of life.

      Course structure

      As a formal award of the University of Melbourne, the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care offers 50 points of training at graduate level, delivered as four standard 12.5 point subjects. All subjects (except for Paediatric Palliative Care) consist of 4 days of face-to-face teaching each, with additional online learning. Students are required to complete the four subjects within a two year period.


      Students should expect to commit 170 hours per 12.5 credit point subject, which includes class time attendance, relevant literature searching and reading and preparation of assignments.

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