Building skills to provide holistic palliative care

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Nurses require a range of skills and competencies to provide high-quality palliative care.

This section provides access to a range of education and resources that can help nurses develop the skills and knowledge used in practice across different healthcare settings. Many of these might be integrated into ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs.

Caring for people with palliative care needs can be physically and emotionally challenging. To effectively care for others, you need to care for yourself. Recognising and resolving feelings of distress (personal and in colleagues) and knowing how to how to seek help, if required, can help prevent burnout. You will find support for self-care in this section.

This information is drawn from the following resources:


  1. Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). National Consensus Statement: essential elements for safe and high‑quality end-of-life care. Sydney: ACSQHC, 2023
  2. Palliative Care Australia (PCA). National palliative care standards 5th Edition. Canberra: PCA; 2018.
  3. Palliative Care Australia (PCA). National palliative care standards for all health professionals and aged care services Canberra: PCA; 2022.
  4. Palliative Care Australia (PCA). Palliative care service development guidelines. Canberra: PCA; 2018.

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