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Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care, extends the scope of the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care by exploring core concepts, including pain and symptom management, the interface between aged care and palliative care, communication skills, evidence based practice, non-malignant illnesses, and many more.


Participants must complete 50 points of training at Masters level, delivered as four standard 12.5 point subjects, which each require four days of face-to-face teaching. 

All students must complete the Fundamentals of Palliative Care before choosing three additional subjects from Adult Palliative Care, Paediatric Palliative Care, Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement, or Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care.

Download the brochure 2018 Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care.

2018 Course Dates

Semester 1 & 2

Evidence-based Palliative Care - Online Module

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

NURS90046 Fundamentals of Palliative Care

Palliative Care: The Essentials
8 & 9 February 2018

Therapeutic Communication Skills in Palliative Care*
19 & 20 April 2018
*Please note that attendance at the communications workshops is compulsory for all students.

NURS90073 Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement

Historical & Theoretical Perspectives on Bereavement
22 February 2018

Developmental Perspectives
23 February 2018

Clinical Interventions
16 May 2018

Self-Care and Ethical Issues in Bereavement Care
17 May 2018

NURS90047 Adult Palliative Care

Pain Assessment & Management in Palliative Care
19 July 2018

Symptom Management in Adult Palliative Care
20 July 2018

Palliative Care in a Non-Malignant Context
13 September 2018

Family Centred Palliative Care and Cultural Issues
14 September 2018

NURS90074 Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

Identification and Assessment of Psychological and Psychiatric Disorders
16 August 2018

Management of Psychiatric and Psychological Disorders
17 August 2018

Special Needs and High-Risk Populations
20 August 2018

Supporting Health Care Professionals Caring for Palliative Care Patients and Families Experiencing Psychosocial Distress
21 August 2018


For queries about the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care or any of our other short courses, please email

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