The 'Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care' is a formal award of the University of Melbourne comprising 25 points of training at Masters level, delivered as two standard 12.5 point subjects requiring 4 days of face to face teaching each.
The course aims to be the industry standard for working in specialist palliative care and is delivered by experts in their fields, drawn from multiple institutions around Victoria. The course explores the core concepts related to palliative care, including symptom management, communication skills, and evidence based practice, non-malignant palliative illnesses, psychosocial issues and the role of the family caregiver.
'Fundamentals of Palliative Care' is the core subject for the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care. Students can then choose either Adult Palliative Care or Paediatric Palliative Care or Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement or Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care to complete the award course. The Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care is a stand-alone award in its own right that may be considered for credit into more substantial postgraduate courses (including the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care).