Short course

Adult Palliative Care


  • $495 per day, per person
  • Prices are GST inclusive
  • The fees include course materials and catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)


No dates are currently scheduled.


Graduate House
220 Leicester St, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia, 3053

Find out more

Phone: +61 3 8344 0149

Please note: This course will not be running in 2020.


This short course also forms part of our award courses. Please see Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care or Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care for further details.

Pain Assessment and Management

This one day course covers; the pathophysiology of pain, an exploration of the evidence to guide practice, how to clinically assess pain/s, pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies for managing pain and case study discussions.

Symptom Management

This one day course covers fatigue, gastro-intestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, cachexia and anorexia, constipation, delirium, respiratory symptoms and a "Pandora's box" of other symptoms.

Palliative Care in Non-Malignant Context

This one day course covers dementia, HIV/Aids, Aged Care challenges, paediatric illnesses and neurodegenerative disorders.

Family Centred Palliative Care and Cultural Issues

This one day course covers clinical and conceptual framework, preparing family carers for their role, cultural aspects, conducting family meetings, supports and services for carers and bereavement support strategies.

Special notes

  • All short course attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance, identifying the number of CPD hours for the course
  • Programs will only run if a minimum number of participants is achieved. Priority for place is given to award students
  • Spaces are strictly limited.


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.

Who should apply

The programs are relevant for doctors (including general practitioners), nurses, and allied health professionals who work in a range of care settings including paediatric care, aged care, acute care, community care, palliative care and cancer care.

Academic and teaching team

  • Professor Peter Hudson
    Director, Centre for Palliative Care and Professor (Hon), University of Melbourne and Professor (Hon), Vrije University Brussels
  • Associate Professor Mark Boughey
    Centre for Palliative Care and Director, Palliative Medicine St Vincent's (Melbourne)
  • Ms Karen Quinn
    Coordinator Education, Centre for Palliative Care & Program Coordinator for Victorian Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Collaborative

This course is presented in partnership with Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and the School of Health Sciences.