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The Centre for Palliative Care 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 at least the end of June 2020. 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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VPMTP Celebration

End of Training Year Celebration Dinner and Quiz - the honour of your training site is on the line!

Wednesday 29 Jan 2020

Private 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.

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Professional Development

The Centre for Palliative Care provides a range of professional development opportunities to health care services that cater to patients and families facing life-limiting illness...

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Training Programs

The Centre is developing future leaders in palliative care and increasing the level of expertise by developing a range of professional development education opportunities...

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Victorian End-of-Life Care Coordinating Program

Throughout the year we offer several Masterclasses which target advance practice nurses from all areas who work with patients with advanced disease...

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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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The 2020 academic year commences for our graduate programs at the University of Melbourne.

Current Projects - Clinical Trials

A pilot feasibility study of establishing a clinical opioid pharmacogenomics database in palliative care

Current Projects - Clinical Trials

A phase 3 Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multicentre Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and safety of Anamorelin HCL for the treatment of malignancy associated weight loss and anorexia in adult patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer

Current Projects - Clinical Trials

Feasibility and efficacy of exercise in advanced cancer patients with cachexia