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Specialist Certificate

The Melbourne University accredited postgraduate Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care is the industry standard for health professionals in all disciplines working with patients who are likely to benefit from the palliative approach. Clinical settings of previous students include:

= Palliative Care

= Aged Care

= Community Care

= Acute Care – including ED and ICU

= Paediatrics

= General Practice

Feedback from previous students includes:

“Thank you it’s been a great subject, probably the best presented and administered University subject I have attended”. Doctor

The course explores the core concepts of palliative care including practice standards, symptom management, communication skills, evidence-based practice, non-cancer contexts, psychosocial issues, bereavement care, ethical considerations and care and support for carers.

 

The Specialist Certificate may be used for credit into more substantial postgraduate courses, such as Masters. Participants must complete 25 points of training at Masters level, delivered as two standard 12.5 point subjects. All students must complete the Fundamentals of Palliative Care and then choose an additional subject from:

= Adult Palliative Care

= Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement

= Ethics in Clinical Practice

= Paediatric Palliative Care

= Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

Download the 2019 Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care brochure.

For further information visit the University of Melbourne Website.

In 2019 the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care will be delivered at the Shepparton campus of the University of Melbourne.

For more information visit the University of Melbourne Website.

Academic Prize

Each year, the student who achieves the overall highest academic grade for the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care is awarded the $1,000 Order of Malta Academic Prize. The Order of Malta in Australia is part of a 900-year-old organisation that has been a passionate advocate for palliative care provision and for improving the quality of care provided to patients and families confronted by life-limited illness.

The current (2017) award holder is Kate Crosbie:

 

Click here to download a list of past recipients.

 

Order of Malta Academic Prize Recipients

The Order of Malta Award is an annual prize ($1000), which is awarded to the student who achieves the overall highest academic grade for the year for the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Year. The Order of Malta in Australia is part of a 900-year-old organisation that has been a passionate advocate for palliative care provision and for improving the quality of care provided to patients and families confronted by life-threatening illness.

The recipients of the award to date are:

2017: Kate Crosbie is a Registered Nurse with Melbourne City Mission Community Palliative Care team

2016: Jeanette Lacey is the End of life care Nurse Practitioner at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle.

2015: Sonya Camilleri is a Clinical Nurse Consultant who works at The Royal Children's Hospital under the Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program

2014: Dr Elena Cavazzoni works at the Children's Hospital, Westmead, Sydney

2013: Dr Martina Welz is a Geriatric Medicine Registrar at Northern/Austin Health

2012: Joint recipients: Sarah Short and Kristy McCoy (both nurses). Sarah works with Royal District Nursing Service and recently was appointed to a palliative care role with her current employer. Kristy is a nurse consultant in palliative care in Brisbane.

2011: Nora Refahi works as a Carer Advisor and Intake Counsellor at Carers Victoria

2010: Melonie Taylor is a nurse consultant who works with Eastern Palliative Care

2009: Dr Deborah Harley is a General Practitioner who as a result of completing the course now works closely with the palliative care team in Geelong

2008: Dr Nicola Atkin who now works in specialist palliative care in the UK

2019 Course Dates - Melbourne Campus

Semester 1 & 2

Evidence-based Palliative Care - Online Module

Compulsory for both the Specialist and Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care. All students are required to complete the online module with the first subject in which they enrol.

NURS90046 Fundamentals of Palliative Care

Palliative Care: The Essentials
7 & 8 February 2019

Therapeutic Communication Skills in Palliative Care*
18 & 19 March 2019

*Please note that attendance at the communications workshops is compulsory for all students.

NURS90073 Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement

Historical & Theoretical Perspectives on Bereavement
21 February 2019

Developmental Perspectives on Bereavement
22 February 2019

Clinical Interventions
16 May 2019

Self-Care and Ethical Issues in Bereavement Care
17 May 2019

NURS90047 Adult Palliative Care

Pain Assessment & Management in Palliative Care
18 July 2019

Symptom Management in Adult Palliative Care
19 July 2019

Palliative Care in a Non-Malignant Context
2 September 2019

Family Centred Palliative Care and Cultural Issues
3 September 2019

NURS90118 Ethics in Clinical Practice

Clinical Ethics - the Basics
8 August 2019

"Doing" Ethics
9 August 2019

Communicating Ethically
12 August 2019

Incorporating Ethics into Your Daily Practice
13 August 2019

NURS90074 Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

Identification and Assessment of Distress
15 August 2019

Management of Distress
16 August 2019

Management of Imminent Death and Complex Cases
19 August 2019

Special and At Risk Populations Working with Other Professionals
20 August 2019

2019 Course Dates – Hume Campus

Semester 1 & 2

Evidence-based Palliative Care - Online Module

Compulsory for both the Specialist and Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care. All students are required to complete the online module with the first subject in which they enrol.

NURS90046 Fundamentals of Palliative Care

Palliative Care: The Essentials
14 & 15 March 2019

Therapeutic Communication Skills in Palliative Care*
18 & 19 March 2019**

*Please note that attendance at the communications workshops is compulsory for all students.

**Therapeutic Communication Skills in Palliative Care will be delivered at the Melbourne campus

NURS90047 Adult Palliative Care

Pain Assessment & Management in Palliative Care
20 June 2019

Symptom Management in Adult Palliative Care
21 June 2019

Palliative Care in a Non-Malignant Context
24 June 2019

Family Centred Palliative Care and Cultural Issues
25 June 2019

Contact

For course fees, queries about the Specialist or Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care, or any of our other short courses, please email

tl-palliativecare@unimelb.edu.au

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