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  • Objectives
    The Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care is a coursework degree designed to enable practitioners in the area to select a series of topics built on core material, that will assist them to address particular needs within their practice and employment. It will bring together people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to work together in appraisal, assessment and problem-solving required of a multi-disciplinary/multi-professional team in this area. The course will provide opportunities for students to enhance their practice in management, teaching and research together with their clinical work and will develop independent critical thinkers who will guide the practice of palliative care into the next stage of its development. Learning outcomes At the completion of this course, students will: * have further developed their knowledge and skills in palliative care theory and practice; * reflect critically on their own practice; * apply theory to practice; * critically appraise theory, research and professional literature.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Certificate in Health (Palliative Care) must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualifications. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. Credit may be granted, on application, for comparable prior studies.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care
  • Course description
    The Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care is a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences on a Commonwealth Supported basis.

    The course articulates with

        * Graduate Certificate in Health (Palliative Care)
        * Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Palliative Care
        * Graduate Certificate: Palliative Care in Aged Care
        * Master of Palliative Care
        * Master of Science (Palliative Care)

    and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the five awards. Students who hold the graduate certificate receive credit for topics already taken.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

    Except with permission of the Board the program must be completed full-time within two consecutive semesters or part-time within six consecutive semesters.

    A lesser period may be set for students granted credit for previous studies.

    Core topics


    Palliative Clinical Management A



    Palliative Clinical Management B



    Communication at the End of Life A



    Communication at the End of Life B


    Elective topics


    Palliative Care Practicum



    Paediatric Palliative Care



    Oncology for Palliative Care



    Spiritual and Cultural Aspects of Palliative Care



    Palliative Care in Aged Care Settings



    Suffering, Futility and Ethics and Rehabilitation in Palliative Care



    Palliative Care for Indigenous Populations - Health, Culture and Society



    Understanding Cancer


    or other topics offered by other departments and universities as deemed appropriate by the course coordinator.

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