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.
  • Adult Palliative Care, which explores pain assessment and management, symptom assessment and management, care in the non-malignant context plus family centred palliative care and cultural issues.
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care, which explores the psychological, psychiatric, social, cultural, spiritual and existential experiences of patients and families dealing with life-threatening illness.

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