Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care / APHN Diploma

2008 Flinders Students

This is a specially designed course run by the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), the Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, and the Lien Centre for Palliative Care.

This one-year distance-learning course includes two 2-week classroom intensives in Singapore.

The aim of the course is to give medical, nursing and health care professionals the opportunity to deepen knowledge relevant to their practice.

The course was given the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for 2010.  It provides:
  • Leading edge content
  • An interdisciplinary team approach that takes into account the diverse professional and cultural perspectives of the students
  • Relevance to immediate and future professionals needs
  • Well-structured, enjoyable and successful learning
  • A quality-accredited award from Flinders University

If candidates wish to pursue further studies, credits from this course will go towards other Graduate Diploma or Masters programmes offered by Flinders University and other universities

APHN Diploma

This requires completion of the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care and a clinical attachment at an approved institution.  Details are being finalised and will be updated on this page.

Entry Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
  • The minimum entry requirement is an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in health care from an approved tertiary institution as deemed suitable by the Board of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University.
  • Registered Nurses who do not have a Nursing Degree may be considered for this course if supported by strong recommendations.
  • Experience in palliative care, aged care or related fields will be regarded as important but not essential.
  • Applicants must have the English language proficiency required by Flinders University (see below).
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Candidates must have one of the following:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – score of 550 (TWE 4.5); or
  • TOEFL (internet) – 80 (20 in speaking/writing); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – score of 6.0 (6.0 in speaking and writing); or
  • A score of ‘C’ or better in the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Cambridge; or
  • Successfully completed a tertiary degree programme taught in the English language.

PLEASE NOTE: All English language test results must be no more than two years old on the day of receipt of the application for admission.

Course Fees
  • Standard Fee: SGD 12,000 (Twelve thousand Singapore dollars)
  • Subsidised course fee for candidates from developing countries: USD 3,000 (Three thousand US dollars)
Candidates have the option to apply for:
  • Lien Foundation-Singapore Hospice Council Scholarship (SGD 7,000)
  • HMDP-ILTC Award
Further information about these subsidies and scholarships can be found at:

Requests for financial assistance from self-employed applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis (applicable for Singapore Citizens or PR only).

Course commencement: 19 March 2012
1st Classroom intensive: 18 – 29 May 2012
2nd Classroom intensive: October 2012

(Dates are subject to change)
Closing date for applications: 24 December 2011

Application / Enrolment Enquiries
Lien Centre for Palliative Care
National Cancer Centre Singapore
Level 4, 11 Hospital Drive, Singapore 169610
Office: +65-64368153
Fax: +65-62207490

Candidates will be notified by Flinders University on the status of their applications.

To download the course brochure, click  here
To download the application form, click  here

Teaching Faculty includes:
  • Professor David Currow
  • Associate Professor Cynthia Goh
  • Associate Professor Rosalie Shaw
  • Ms Meg Hegarty, Head, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Katrina Breaden, Lecturer
  • Dr Meera Agar, Lecturer
  • Ms Kim Devery, Lecturer
  • Ms Kate Swetenham, Lecturer

To read more about the experiences of students in the previous intakes, please logon to this website created by Dr Rosalie Shaw:

2 Responses to Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care / APHN Diploma

  1. This course is wonderful, I don’t only get knowledge but also meet nice people.
    PS.I love the new format of APHN website.

  2. Gavri Devi says:

    I really found the APHN course very useful and made new friends. The lectures were pleasant and encouraging. I will recommend to my other colleaques .

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