Fundamentals of Palliative Care

Subject NURS90046 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Intensive Mode

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 20 hours of lectures/seminars/workshops
Total Time Commitment:

In addition to face-to-face teaching time of 20 hours, students should expect to undertake a minimum of 120 hours research, reading, writing and general study to complete this subject successfully.





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Ms Karen Quinn


School of Melbourne Custom Programs
Level 3, 442 Auburn Road
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Phone - 03 9810 3245
Email -

Subject Overview:

Students must complete all 4 days (outlined below) in order to complete the subject :

Days 1 & 2: Palliative Care: The Essentials
Days 3 & 4:Therapeutic Communication Skills for Palliative Care

Topics covered include:

  • Principles, policy and standards of palliative care as they apply to practice
  • Introduction to practice issues including patient assessment process
  • Principles and practice of therapeutic communication skills
  • Working effectively in multidisciplinary teams
  • Responding to complex psychosocial issues including depression, anxiety, anger, prognosi


Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • Recognise the role of the multidisciplinary team and how the palliative approach to care is effective in improving patient outcomes
  • Discuss the concept of holistic care as applied to a person with a life limiting illness
  • Apply the principles of palliative care practice to a range of settings
  • Consider the core principles of palliative care practice as they apply to the care of someone with a life limiting illness
  • Identify and assess symptoms commonly experienced by patients during the terminal phase of an illness
  • Reflect on and critique personal communication style
  • Understand the key principles involved in undertaking a psychosocial assessment
  • Explore the psychosocial impact of a life limiting illness for the patient and their family
  • Identify, critique and evaluate current literature related to symptom management
  • 40% one 3,000 word assignment
  • 40% prepare a learning package, reflective of subject content and appropriate for implementation in own practice setting
  • 20% one 1,500 word assignment
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Please refer to website.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care

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