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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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Hot Topic Webinar August 2021 – Providing palliative care for people in prison

This presentation will reflect on the complexities and constraints of providing care for people in prison with life limiting illness and explore opportunities to improve models of care for those dying in custody.

Wednesday 25 Aug 2021

Link details will be sent to your registered email address on Tuesday 24th August 2021,

Pain Assessment & Pharmacological Management for a Palliative Care Patient Virtual Masterclass October 2021

This one day virtual Masterclass is a must for experienced palliative care nurses i.e. Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Nurse Consultants, Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioner Candidates.

Wednesday 6 Oct 2021

Link details will be sent to your registered email address prior to the event,

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


The CarerHelp Diversity Project aims to support the diverse needs of Australia’s family carers

General News

After 20 years at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, including many years with the Centre for Palliative Care, the Centre’s Education Coordinator Karen Quinn has retired.

General News

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease affecting some 2000 Australians. Hear from specialists in Neurology, Respiratory Medicine and Palliative Medicine about the management of NIV in MND and elective withdrawal of ventilation.