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New online palliative care training program

Author: Terrie Paul
20 December 2012

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) are calling for willing participants to pilot a new form of online palliative care training.

Whether you work in aged care, acute or primary care, chances are you’ll find yourself at some stage caring for someone with a terminal illness.

Every person’s needs are unique and sorting your way through the emotional and social stresses faced by a dying person and their family can be difficult. A new online training program has been developed to help health professionals who provide palliative care to aged persons in the community. The modules will help you develop your skills and confidence, so that the next person you care for at the end of their life will benefit.

What does the training cover?

Based on the “Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting,” four online modules have been developed to help you to:
• Reflect on the needs of people and their families as they approach the end of life
• Build your screening and assessment skills
• Develop confidence in having end of life conversations, especially around Advance Care Planning
• Invest in your own self‑care and build resilience
• Connect you to a wider network of experts who can support and assist you

How long does it take to complete? 

The four modules will take a total of 6 – 8 hours to complete online. 

What do I need to do to prepare for this training?

You won’t need to do any pre-reading or preparation to complete this training. Provided you can access a web-enabled computer, everything you need will be provided on the online portal.

How much will it cost? 

The training is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing, so best of all – it’s free! These four online training modules are also accredited and will enable you to accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. You will be provided with a certificate of attainment when you finish the modules and gain Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) from accredited training organisations if you want to progress to a formal qualification.

When can I start?

The pilot study of this online training course is due to take place in February 2013. You will need to have access to web-enabled computer and commit to completing the training (totalling approximately 6 – 8 hours) during February 2013. You don’t need to complete the training in one session. Log in as many times as you like, whenever it suits you.


Pilot participants needed! To start the pilot study, click here.

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