Specialist 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.

      In this course you will explore the core concepts related to palliative care, including:

      • Symptom management
      • Communication skills
      • Evidence-based practice
      • Non-malignant and malignant palliative care illnesses
      • Psychosocial issues
      • The role of the family caregiver.

      As well as the core subject Fundamentals of Palliative Care, you will undertake one elective subject, from options including Adult Palliative Care, Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care, Paediatric Palliative Care, Ethics in Clinical Practice and Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement.

      Course structure

      As a formal award of the University of Melbourne, the course offers 25 points of training at graduate level, delivered as two standard 12.5 point subjects requiring 4 days of face-to-face teaching each, with additional online learning. Students are required to complete the two 12.5 credit point subjects within a 12 month period.


      Each subject is taught over four intensive teaching days, with additional assessments to be completed outside of class time. Students should expect to commit 170 hours per 12.5 credit point subject.

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