Master of Palliative Care in Aged Care
Lead the way for the elderly nearing the end of their journey
Gain unrivalled expertise in your ability to support those nearing the end of their life. Become a leader in administering palliative care techniques. Apply advanced skills to help those in aged care experience a better quality of life.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
Online and some attendance
- No dates available
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At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
- integrate the core course concepts of contemporary gerontology and palliative care (eg. healthy ageing and dying, life-course, generativity, loss and grief, interdisciplinary practice, ageist stereotyping)
- critically appraise palliative care theory, research, ethics and the professional literature, further extending the students’ knowledge and skills in this area
- critically discuss issues and recent developments related to providing end of life health care services to the ageing population
- plan and execute a substantial piece of independent intellectual work, capstone experience or piece of scholarship which adds to the existing body of knowledge in the area of palliative care in aged care
- demonstrate the skills to collaborate with industry, disseminate and interpret research which adds to the existing body of knowledge and evidence to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- implement the skills for a deep and life long approach to learning within the context of palliative and aged care.
Palliative care in aged care is growing at local and national levels within multiple health care settings including hospitals, nursing homes, community care and hospices. These courses are designed to provide professional development, planning and delivery of palliative care services to older people in a range of aged care settings. Graduates can find careers in areas ranging from rural and remote, acute, community, and aged care settings to palliative care units and hospice care.
Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in a health-related discipline and have a minimum of two years' full-time equivalent clinical involvement in palliative care, aged care or a related field by the commencement date of the course; or hold the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care, or the Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care in Aged Care, or the Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care from Flinders University or equivalent qualification.
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
The courses in palliative care in aged care at Flinders have been developed to provide practitioners from backgrounds in gerontology, aged care or palliative care with education in the specialty area of palliative care in aged care. The teaching and learning focuses primarily on helping you change your practice in light of new insights and evidence.
Topic assignments may be related to work place issues and problems. Palliative and Supportive Services at Flinders University provides distance courses that give professionals from any health discipline the opportunity to deepen the knowledge base upon 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 1.5 years in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students complete five core (compulsory) topics, a research project and 3-5 option topics chosen from a range of option topics available. These topics aim to provide students the opportunity to critically appraise palliative care theory, research, ethics and the professional literature, further extending the students' knowledge and skills in this area and develop and complete a piece of independent intellectual work which adds to the existing body of knowledge in the area of palliative care in aged care.
Students must successfully complete five core (compulsory) subjects, a research project and 3-5 elective subjects chosen from an extensive range of electives.