Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care
What will I study?
The Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care is delivered in a multi-modal format and includes on-line learning, face to face teaching, experiential learning and case discussion. For most subjects students are assigned a clinical mentor who is an experienced palliative care clinician. As a formal award of the University of Melbourne, the course offers 25 points of training at Masters level, delivered as two standard 12.5 point subjects requiring 4 days of face to face teaching each. Students are required to complete the two 12.5 credit point subjects within a 12 month period.
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Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this certificate.
- Fundamentals of Palliative Care12.5
Fundamentals of Palliative Care
Students must complete all 4 days (outlined below) in order to complete the subject :
Days 1 & 2: Palliative Care: The Essentials
Days 3 & 4:Therapeutic Communication Skills for Palliative Care
Topics covered include:
- Principles, policy and standards of palliative care as they apply to practice
- Introduction to practice issues including patient assessment process
- Principles and practice of therapeutic communication skills
- Working effectively in multidisciplinary teams
- Responding to complex psychosocial issues including depression, anxiety, anger, prognosi
- Adult Palliative Care12.5
Adult Palliative Care
Evidence Based Palliative Care (compulsory for all students)
- Pain Assessment & Management in Palliative Care
- Symptom Assessment & Management in Adult Palliative Care
- Palliative Care in Non-Malignant Contexts
- Family Centred Palliative Care and Cultural Issues
- Paediatric Palliative Care12.5
Paediatric Palliative Care
The subject will enable health professionals to develop and consolidate skills when caring for children with life limiting conditions. The course will explore palliative approaches to care, the diversity of diagnostic groups, symptom management, psychosocial and ethical issues for palliative children and their families.
Throughout the course work, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of teaching methods including; workshops, seminars, tutorials and role playing with much emphasis placed on adult /group learning and sharing.
This subject will consist of 5 teaching modules;
Evidence Based Palliative Care
Incorporating: Basics of quantitative and qualitative research, ethical issues, evaluation, quality activities, implementing research into practice and dissemination strategies (eg. presentations, publications etc).
Illnesses Encountered in Paediatric Palliative Care
Incorporating: General principles of paediatric palliative care. Malignant conditions, neurodegenerative conditions, chromosomal disorders and congenital anomalies
Symptom Management in Paediatric Palliative Care
Incorporating: assessment and management of children of varying ages with a range of diagnoses (including children with disabilities).
Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects
Incorporating: supporting children with life-limiting conditions, their siblings and parents and self-care for health professionals. Including bereavement care.
- Evidence Based Palliative Care
- Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement12.5
Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement
This subject will examine a range of theoretical and clinical approaches to bereavement intervention. Drawing on contemporary theory and evidence-based practice the subject will consider the bereavement needs of special populations and will explore a range of individual, group and family techniques and intervention strategies. Topics to be covered include:
Day 1. Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on bereavement
- Historical developments in grief theory and practice
- Recent developments in grief theory and practice
- Attachment theory
Day 2. Developmental Perspectives
- Child bereavement
- Adolescent bereavement
- Older adult bereavement
Day 3 Clinical Interventions
- Complicated grief and managing intense emotions
- Grief and loss in the family system
- Bereavement risk assessment and referral
- Rituals, symbols and creative expressions of grief
Day 4 Self care and ethical issues in bereavement care
- Ethics and bereavement interventions
- Self care strategies for the practitioner
- Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care12.5
Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care
This subject will explore the psychological, psychiatric, social, cultural, spiritual and existential experiences of patients and families dealing with life-threatening illness, drawing on the most recent scientific literature and illustrating the management of these issues through case material and demonstration. Topics to be covered include:
- Day 1 - Identification and Assessment of Psychological and Psychiatric Disorder
- Day 2 - Management of Psychiatric and Psychological Disorder
- Day 3 - Special Needs and High-Risk populations
- Day 4 - Supporting health care professionals to care for palliative care patients and families who are experiencing psychosocial distress