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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

For 2020 dates and application link please scroll to the bottom of the page.

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.

Specialist and Graduate Certificate Study Dates 2020

Core subject

Fundamentals of Palliative Care

Thursday 13th Feb

Friday 14th Feb

Thursday 16th April

Friday 17th April

All face to face study

Elective subjects

Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement

Thursday 20th Feb

Friday 21st Feb

Thursday 16th April

Friday 17th April

All face to face study

Paediatric Palliative Care

Tuesday 14th July – Online component

Monday 27th July – Online component

Tuesday 18th August – Online component

Thursday 17th September – Face to face study

Friday 18th September – Face to face study

Adult Palliative Care

Thursday 16th July

Friday 17th July

Thursday 10th September

Friday 11th September

All face to face study

Ethics in Clinical Practice

Thursday 6th August

Friday 7th August

Monday 10th August

Tuesday 11th August

All face to face study

Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

Thursday 20th August

Friday 21st August

Monday 24th August

Tuesday 25th August

All face to face study

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Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care


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