Short course

Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care


  • $495 per day, per person
  • Fees are GST inclusive
  • 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.


Identification, Assessment & Management of Distress
15 & 16 August 2019

Management of Imminent Death and Complex Cases
19 August 2019

Special Needs and At Risk Populations. Working with Other Professionals
20 August 2019


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

Find out more

Phone: +61 3 8344 0149

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.

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 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
  • 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 the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science and the School of Health Sciences.