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Specialist Certificate

The Melbourne University accredited postgraduate Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care is the industry standard for health professionals in all disciplines working with patients who are likely to benefit from the palliative approach. Clinical settings of previous students include:

  • Palliative Care
  • Aged Care
  • Community Care
  • Acute Care – including ED and ICU
  • Paediatrics
  • General Practice

The course explores the core concepts of palliative care including practice standards, symptom management, communication skills, evidence-based practice, non-cancer contexts, psychosocial issues, bereavement care, ethical considerations and care and support for carers.

The Specialist Certificate may be used for credit into more substantial postgraduate courses, such as Masters. Participants must complete 25 points of training at Masters level, delivered as two standard 12.5 point subjects. All students must complete the Fundamentals of Palliative Care and then choose an additional subject from:

  • Adult Palliative Care
  • Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement
  • Ethics in Clinical Practice
  • Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

A previous student said:

Thank you it’s been a great subject, probably the best presented and administered University subject I have attended."



For further information visit the University of Melbourne Website.

Academic Prize

Each year, the student who achieves the overall highest academic grade for the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care is awarded the $1,000 Order of Malta Academic Prize. The Order of Malta in Australia is part of a 900-year-old organisation that has been a passionate advocate for palliative care provision and for improving the quality of care provided to patients and families confronted by life-limited illness.


The current award holder is Jane Furze (2018)

Click Here to download a list of past recipients.


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