Palliative Care Practice

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 3 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Successful completion of this course will enable the student 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. Appraise 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
Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
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
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Literature Review
  • Journal - Personal Online Journal - Professional Development
  • Other: (please specify) - Introductory Blog and 6 additional blogs throughout trimester
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 15 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials
  • Palliative Care Nursing
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for NURS6711

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