Professional Development in Adult Palliative Care

Course type Study level Entry requirements
Non-Accredited Professional Development Health Care Professional

Four courses available for health professionals:

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.

The above 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.

All short course attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance, identifying the number of CPD hours for the course.

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Course fees

  • The course fee for 2019 is $450 + GST (per day)
  • The fees include course materials and catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)
  • All short course attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance, identifying the number of CPD hours for the course
  • Note: Programs will only run if a minimum number of participants is achieved. Priority for place is given to award students
  • Spaces are strictly limited.

Dates & Times

See below

Study mode

Face-to-face intensive delivery over 1 day per program


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

Dates and times

Program nameDateTime
Pain Assessment & Management 18 July 2019 8:45AM - 5PM
Symptom Assessment and Management 19 July 2019 8:45AM - 5PM
Palliative Care in Non-Malignant Contexts 2 September 2019 8:45AM - 5PM
Family Centred Palliative Care 3 September 2019 8:45AM - 5PM


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 & Project Officer for Victorian Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Collaborative, Centre for Palliative Care
  • Experts from other institutions and services are also involved in the delivery of the program.

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