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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 2017 Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care.

2017 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
9 & 10 February 2017 

Therapeutic Communication Skills in Palliative Care*
4 & 5 May 2017
*Please note that attendance at the communications workshops is compulsory for all students.

NURS90073 Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement

Historical & Theoretical Perspectives on Bereavement
23 February 2017

Developmental Perspectives on Bereavement
24 February 2017

Clinical Interventions
26 April 2017

Self-Care and Ethical Issues in Bereavement Care
27 April 2017

NURS90047 Adult Palliative Care

Pain Assessment & Management in Palliative Care
20 July 2017 

Symptom Management in Adult Palliative Care
21 July 2017

Palliative Care in Non-cancer Contexts
7 September 2017 

Family Centred Palliative Care and Cultural Issues
8 September 2017

NURS90065 Paediatric Palliative Care

Illnesses Encountered in Paediatric Palliative Care
20 July 2017

Symptom Management in Paediatric Palliative Care
21 July 2017

Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects in Paediatric Palliative Care
7 September 2017

Ethics in Paediatric Palliative Care
8 September 2017

NURS90074 Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

Identification and Assessment of Psychological and Psychiatric Disorders
24 August 2017

Management of Psychiatric and Psychological Disorders
25 August 2017

Special Needs and High-Risk Populations
28 August 2017

Supporting Health Care Professionals Caring for Palliative Care Patients and Families Experiencing Psychosocial Distress
29 August 2017


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

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