Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care

    Course overview

    • 6 months part time
    • On Campus (Parkville)
    • Available to domestic and international students
    • Summer Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


    The Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care provides a valuable introduction to palliative and end-of-life care management.

    Palliative care is complex, interdisciplinary, and driven by patient and family need. The University of Melbourne’s industry-standard Palliative Care courses are ideal for any health professional committed to providing the best possible support to patients and their families throughout the course of a life-limiting condition.

    Students will learn the core concepts and practices of palliative care including practice standards, effective communication skills, and an overview of symptom management, non-cancer contexts, bereavement care, psychosocial issues, support for carers and effective communication skills.

    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 is the industry standard for health professionals in all disciplines working with patients who are likely to benefit from the palliative approach.

    This course is valuable for a wide range of practitioners - including doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, pastoral care workers, psychologists, 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.

    Related pathway courses

    Upon completing the Specialist Certificate, you may wish to continue studying and complete the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care.

    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.