Palliative Care Courses in Australia

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Do you currently care for people with life limiting illnesses and their families? Would you like to improve your skills and knowledge to better meet the needs of adults and/or children
with a life-limiting illnesses including cancer and chronic diseases? 
Have you considered undertaking some formal training in Palliative Care?

The Centre for Palliative Care provides a range of professional development opportunities in collaboration with The University of Melbourne. Register now for one of their ten multidisciplinary palliative care short courses or enrol in either the Specialist or Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care.  All courses are evidence based and delivered by a broad range of presenters who are all experts in their field.

Multidisciplinary Short Courses

If you are a generalist health or palliative care professional and want to update your skills and knowledge, then a short course may be the perfect fit for you.  Short courses can also be used towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and a certificate will be provided to you at the conclusion of your course.

Choose from a variety of short courses as described in the Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Short Course Guide.

Graduate Programs

If you have an undergraduate health related degree and wish to advance your skills and knowledge in palliative care, enrol in the Specialist or Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care.

Aimed at health professionals of all disciplines, these award courses will enable you to gain a broad overview of the core concepts and practices of palliative care.  Currently there are 5 subjects to choose from:

  • Evidence Based Palliative Care – Online Module (compulsory subject)
  • Fundamentals of Palliative Care (core subject)
  • Contemporary Approaches to Bereavement
  • Adult Palliative Care
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

Classes are delivered in a multi-modal format which includes; online training and discussion, face-to-face learning, case study discussions and experiential learning.  In addition, students are allocated to an experienced palliative care clinician who will mentor them for part of the course.

Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care

The ‘Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care’ is delivered over a 12 month period and students are required to complete two (12.5 point) subjects which equates to approximately 8 days of face to face teaching within a 12 month period. Learn more about the Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care

Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

The ‘Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care’ is delivered over a 2 year period and students are required to complete four (12.5 point) subjects which equates to approximately 16 days of full time study within a 2 year period. Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Need more information?  Visit their website at or contact:

Enrolment Enquiries

Gemma Devine, The University of Melbourne

Email:   [email protected]

Course Content Enquiries

Karen Quinn, Centre for Palliative Care

Email: [email protected]