Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care
The Centre for Palliative Care (CPC) has a state-wide role in palliative care education, with a focus on ensuring education is multidisciplinary and delivered by experts in their field who may be drawn from multiple institutions around Victoria as appropriate. The goals for CPC in regard to palliative care education are to:
- Increase general understanding and skill in palliative care through education and training of the general health workforce
- Develop future leaders in palliative care through programs designed to increase the number of palliative care specialists, and through facilitating opportunities for networking, peer support and leadership development.
As part of its strategy to offer education in palliative care, CPC recognised the need to develop a university accredited postgraduate training program in palliative care, which would be the industry standard for working in specialist palliative care and open to all disciplines as well as interstate participants. CPC partnered with Melbourne Consulting and Custom Programs at University of Melbourne to develop and deliver 'The Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care'.
The 'Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care' is a formal award of the University of Melbourne comprising 25 points of training at Masters level, delivered as two standard 12.5 point subjects requiring 4-5 days of face to face teaching each.
The course aims to be the industry standard for working in specialist palliative care and is delivered by experts in their fields, drawn from multiple institutions around Victoria. The course explores the core concepts related to palliative care, including symptom management, communication skills, and evidence based practice, non-malignant palliative illnesses, psychosocial issues and the role of the family caregiver.
'Fundamentals of Palliative Care' is the core subject for the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care and then students can choose either 'Adult Palliative Care' or 'Paediatric Palliative Care' to complete the award course. The Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care is a stand-alone award in its own right that can be used for credit into more substantial postgraduate courses (such as Masters Courses).