The Centre for Palliative Care, part of St. Vincent’s Hospital and a Collaborative Centre of The University of Melbourne, developed the Palliative Care: Getting Started module with input from a range of academics, nurses, palliative care physicians, psychiatry and allied health specialists.
Although the course was developed in Australia, it has relevance for health professionals involved in the care of people with a life threatening illness worldwide.
The learning module is evidence based, promotes best practice and includes links to relevant resources valuable for clinical practice. It is designed to be accessible, flexible and interactive and is well suited to individuals and workplaces for staff orientation purposes.
The online module is made up of 8 chapters exploring a range of topics including:
- who needs palliative care
- how is palliative care provided
- palliative care teams
- carers in palliative care
- symptoms commonly experienced by a palliative care patient
- care of the dying person
- palliative care resources.
The module will take approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete in full or can be accessed multiple times and completed when convenient.