Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care
Skills and approaches to end-of-life care management
Take your current profession in health to the next level with the ability to support those with a terminal diagnosis. Whether you work in aged care, nursing, or oncology, you’ll be able to apply skills that help those in need experience a better quality of life.
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Online & on-campus
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At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
- critically appraise Palliative Care theory, research, ethics and professional literature, further developing their knowledge and skills in this area
- continue to develop critical reflective skills and self evaluation of their own professional practice
- critically discuss issues related to the person with a life limiting illness, taking into account the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions to care specific to the needs of individuals, their families and those involved in their care
- identify goals/strategies to foster a deep approach to learning and the development of life-long learning skills in the area of palliative and supportive care.
Palliative and end-of-life care are developing at local and national levels within multiple health care settings. Organisations require practitioners with the specialist skills and attitudes provided by this course, whether experienced practitioners or graduates with basic palliative care skills. Graduates can find careers in areas ranging from rural and remote, acute, community, acute hospitals and aged care settings, to palliative care units and hospice care.
Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care must normally hold an approved health-related degree or equivalent qualifications and not less than two years professional experience in the health sector or related field.
Work and Life
Applicants must also have a minimum of two years' full-time equivalent professional experience in the health sector or closely related field by the commencement date of the course.
English Proficiency Requirements
Flinders University conducts an English Language proficiency check on applications submitted for consideration to its courses.
This will be met in a number of ways, including if the applicants:
- first language is English (i.e. citizenship is held for a country where English is the official language)
- completed secondary schooling in Australia
- completed prior study in English (e.g. a Certificate IV or higher from a recognised Australian training institution)
- completed one semester of full-time equivalent tertiary study at a higher education institution
- completed a recognised Foundation Studies or bridging program
- performance in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) meets the University's admissions requirements
- registered with an Australian professional registration body relevant to the applicant's proposed course (e.g. applicant holds current registration as a Registered Nurse, General Practitioner, Teacher, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and such in Australia)
- achieved a score within an international English language proficiency test such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or Cambridge CAE that meets the minimum proficiency for the university
- completed an approved English language course from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider
In some instances, applicants may be asked to provide evidence they meet the requirements if the information required is not available in their application.
On campus requirements
Some subjects require students to attend intensive workshops on-campus.
Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.
Applications for credit transfer are assessed on a case by case basis according to Flinders University policies. Students must be made an offer for entry into a degree before lodging their completed credit transfer application, along with all necessary documentation for formal assessment. More information is available at www.flinders.edu.au/credit
Palliative and supportive services at Flinders University provides distance courses that give professionals from any health discipline the opportunity to deepen the knowledge base on which their practice is grounded.
The courses provide:
- leading edge content for students across the world
- an interdisciplinary team approach, appreciating diverse professional perspectives
- relevance to your immediate and potential future professional needs
- enjoyable, successful learning through well structured topics
- a flexible delivery mode to match your hectic work and life schedules.
It is 1 year in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students complete three core (compulsory) topics and five elective topics chosen from a range of elective topics available. These topics aim to provide students with the opportunity to critically discuss issues related to the person with a life limiting illness, taking into account the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions to care specific to the needs of individuals, their families and those involved in their care and to identify goals/strategies to foster a deep approach to learning and the development of life-long learning skills in the area of palliative and supportive care.
This graduate diploma articulates into the Master of Palliative Care.
To complete the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care, students must successfully complete three core (compulsory) subjects and five elective subjects chosen from a range of electives.