Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course is designed to facilitate health professionals to extend their knowledge of palliative care and examine palliative care practice. The course will examine the core concepts related to palliative care, including symptom management, evidenced based practice, psychological states, pharmacology, ethical issues, end of life care and interpersonal skills and pastoral care. The course encourages reflection and critical awareness on the illness experience to end of life care. Students will be encouraged to consider and reflect on the issues and challenges arising when caring for palliative care patients.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Trimester 3 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of palliative care nursing practice;

2. Use an inquiring, creative and analytical approach to palliative care nursing;

3. Examine current issues in palliative care;

4. Critically discuss symptom management;

5. Discuss end of life care;

6. Discuss pharmacological management of the application of the palliative care patient;

7. Examine ethical issues in palliative care practice;

8. Examine the role of complementary therapies in palliative care;

9. Continue to develop critical reflective skills and self evaluation of your own professional practice.


The topics covered in this course are:

  • Historical and cultural developments
  • National palliative care strategy
  • Communication in palliative care
  • Symptom management
  • Pharmacology
  • Palliative¬† care emergencies
  • Complementary therapies
  • Ethical issues in palliative care practice
  • Spirituality
  • End of life Care
  • Self awareness and care of self

Assumed knowledge

Foundations of health professional knowledge, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in health care, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary health care issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgment, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Introductory Blog

Written Assignment: Health Assessment/Management

Online Learning Activity: Either Blog (b) or Blog c) Response

Quiz: Pharmacy on line quiz

Written Assignment: Literature Essay

Contact hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 15 hour(s) per Week for Full Term