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Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care builds on the learning gained from the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care and supports students electing to complete subjects relevant to their areas of interest and practice.


Students must complete 50 points of training at Masters level, delivered as four standard 12.5 point subjects. All students must complete the Fundamentals of Palliative Care and then choose three additional subjects from:

= Adult Palliative Care

= Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement

= Ethics in Clinical Practice

= Paediatric Palliative Care

= Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

Download the brochure 2019 Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care.

For further information visit the University of Melbourne Website

2019 Course Dates

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
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


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

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