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The Centre for Palliative Care's response to COVID-19 restrictions

The Centre has been following the evolving COVID-19 situation. In accordance with advice from the authorities we have come to the decision to postpone all planned face-to-face teaching and learning sessions until further notice. We thank you for your understanding and please be reassured we will constantly review the situation and post updates to the website accordingly. In these uncertain times we wish you and your health services all the very best. 

Enhancing care through excellence in education and research

The Centre for Palliative Care is part of St Vincent’s Hospital and a Collaborative Centre of The University of Melbourne. The Centre plays a pivotal role in the development and delivery of state-wide training and education programs for health professionals from a variety of disciplines. Our diverse research program, which includes collaborations with other palliative experts from throughout Australia and around the world, seeks to set benchmarks and improve practices in palliative care.

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Recognition and Nursing Management of an Imminently Dying Person

Are you a registered or enrolled nurse who is wishing to learn more about caring for a dying person?

Wednesday 10 Mar 2021

Delivered online - a link will be sent to registrants closer to the date,

Communication Skills - A Virtual Masterclass

This advanced practice Masterclass will provide an opportunity to learn evidence-based communication skills and frameworks that you can use in your clinical practice.

Wednesday 7 Apr 2021

A link will be sent to registrants closer to the event,

Recent developments in bereavement risk assessment & bereavement care

Hot Topic Webinar

Wednesday 28 Apr 2021

This is a virtual event. A link to the webinar will be sent to registrants on Tuesday 27th April.,

Education Programs

The Centre has a strong commitment to developing, delivering and evaluating education programs that are targeted at health professionals who wish to further their knowledge and skills in palliative care.


Research Programs

The focus of the Centre's research is on improving the outcomes of patients with a life-limiting illness, and their families. Our researchers collaborate closely with other leaders in the field, both within Australia and overseas, and continually add to the global evidence base by publishing their research results in peer reviewed journal articles and presenting their findings at national and international conferences.

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Being diagnosed and experiencing a life-limiting illness, or caring for a loved one in that situation, can have a wide ranging impact on patients and carers’ physical and mental health...

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Health Services

The Centre’s Health Services research aims to assess the current provision of palliative care and to develop and rigorously evaluate novel models of palliative care provision to improve patient outcomes. 

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Clinical Trials

The Centre’s clinical trials research has improved the treatment and care of palliative care patients, and their families. 

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Latest News View all news

Current Projects - Psychosocial

CarerHelp Diversity project aims to ensure that CarerHelp (www.carerhelp.com.au) is accessible to a diverse population of Australian family carers.

General News

This paper describes the development of a comprehensive, evidence-based model of bereavement care specific to the needs of an Australian acute hospital.

General News

A clinical trial that uses singing as a tool to assist people with severe lung disease will form part of a body of research made possible by a new three-year study grant.

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A/Prof Mark Boughey contributed to a recent webcast hosted by Palliative Care Australia