Integrate Palliative Care into Learning

The Palliative Care Workforce Development Framework (the Framework) can be used to support palliative care learning and teaching in a range of clinical and educational settings, within formal and non-formal learning. Formal learning takes place through a structured program of instruction which is linked to the attainment of a formal qualification or award. In Australia, courses leading to the award of nationally recognised qualifications are delivered in the higher education and vocational education and training sectors. Non-formal learning is defined as learning that takes place through a structured program of instruction, but does not lead to the attainment of a formal qualification or award.

Palliative care capabilities are a core skill of every health care provider, regardless of practice setting. As such palliative care should be a significant mandatory component of entry to practice courses for all health care providers. Postgraduate learning is fundamental for development of the specialist palliative care workforce. The Framework provides resources for educators to support the development of capacity in the palliative care workforce:
  • Use the Essential or Specialist palliative care capabilities to inform curriculum design and evaluation at the level appropriate to practice based on the palliative care workforce development model
  • Use the Framework as a tool to evaluate curricula when determining the adequacy with which palliative care is addressed in course curricula
  • Implement best practice learning and teaching principles to facilitate desired learning outcomes in relation to palliative care
  • Tailor and integrate nationally consistent learning resources into course curricula
  • Review and develop methods of assessing learning that reflect the level of Essential or Specialist capability. 
Information and resources to support the integration of palliative care into formal learning are under development. It is anticipated they will be released in 2019.

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Last updated 20 November 2018