Palliative care, a rapidly growing specialty, focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with advanced and life challenging disease and embraces the essential elements and principles of patient-centred, holistic care. Palliative care education that enables students to develop the attitudes and knowledge to care for patients and families who are living with advanced and life challenging illness is the priority of the education team who have developed the postgraduate palliative care courses. A parallel focus of the courses also recognises 'self-care' as an important component of interdisciplinary teamwork in caring for people in life challenging and end-of-life illness.
The postgraduate palliative care courses cover a wide spectrum of topics crucial to caring for people with advanced, life challenging and end-of-life illness in daily and specialist practice. Some of these topics are the philosophy of holistic management of care, ethics in end-of-life decision making, societal attitudes to death and dying, cultural issues in end-of-life care, assessment and management of symptoms, spirituality, loss, grief and bereavement and many more topics particular to palliative care.
Courses are offered through the School of Population Health in both a
flexible learning format.
Courses may be taken towards health sciences, medical science, and nursing programmes.
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