Professional Development in Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

Course type Study level Entry requirements
Non-Accredited Professional Development Health Care Professional. A basic training and clinical experience in the area will be assumed.

Three workshops are available for clinicians:

Identification, Assessment and Management of Distress
This two day workshop will enable the participant to identify and distinguish different forms of distress and will provide strategies for the bio psychosocial, spiritual & existential management of distress.

Management of Imminent Death and Complex Cases
This one day workshop will provided an understanding of managing the concerns of imminent death and delirium, examining the issues that arise with patients & families who challenge our interpersonal skills, and will also cover ethical and legal considerations in palliative care.

Special and At Risk Populations. Working with Other Professionals
This one day workshop will examine the issues that arise in palliative care for non-malignant disease, at risk populations, people from different cultures and will address the experience of clinicians dealing with people impacted by life-threatening illness. Other topics incorporated into this day will include team dynamics, promoting self-care, staff support and supervision.

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.

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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 a 1 or 2 day workshop.


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

Dates and times

Course nameDateTime
Identification, Assessment & Management
of Distress
15 & 16 August 2019 9AM-5PM
Management of Imminent Death and Complex Cases 19 August 2019 9AM-5PM
Special Needs and At Risk populations. Working with Other Professionals 20 August 2019 9AM-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 workshops are relevant for doctors (including general practitioners), nurses, and allied health professionals who work in a range of care settings including palliative care, cancer care, aged care, acute care, inpatient or community settings.

Academic and Teaching Team

  • Dr Justin Dwyer, Director, Psychosocial Cancer Care, St Vincent's Melbourne
  • Dr Keryn Taylor, Psychiatrist, Psychosocial Cancer Care, St Vincent's Melbourne
  • Experts from other institutions and services are also involved in the delivery of the workshops.

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