The Centre for Palliative Care (CPC) has a state-wide role in palliative care education, with a focus on ensuring education is multidisciplinary and delivered by experts in their field who may be drawn from multiple institutions around Victoria as appropriate. The goals for CPC in regard to palliative care education are to:
Increase general understanding and skill in palliative care through education and training of the general health workforce
Develop future leaders in palliative care through programs designed to increase the number of palliative care specialists, and through facilitating opportunities for networking, peer support and leadership development
Four courses available for health professionals:
This one day course covers genetic and metabolic conditions affecting children, palliative care in the ICU and in the lung transplant setting, neonatal palliative care, childhood malignancies, and neuromuscular conditions.
This one day course covers cancer pain, non-pharmacological interventions, nausea and vomiting, terminal sedation, symptom management in children with neurological conditions, respiratory symptoms in paediatric palliative care, psychological symptoms (depression/anxiety existential distress) and discussion of terminal care (including routes of administration of medication).
Psychosocial & Spiritual Aspects
This one day course covers a parent's reflection, understanding of attachment theory and experiences of loss and love, spirituality and children, sibling support, grief and loss experience and importance and impact of paediatric care on self and development of personal and team strategies for self-care.
This one day course covers bioethical principles, children as decision-makers, parents as decision-makers, talking with children about illness and death, discussing end-of-life decision-making.