Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U)

What is PCC4U?

The Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U) project is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health funded through the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative. 

PCC4U aims to sustain the inclusion of palliative care in health education and training by:

  • promoting and sustaining the inclusion in all health care training of the role of palliative care and its principles and practice in the care of dying people; 
  • supporting the inclusion of palliative care education as an integral part of all medical, nursing and allied health undergraduate training, and ongoing professional development; 
  • informing a whole of workforce approach to palliative care education in all health education and training; and
  • providing a platform for innovation and research in palliative care education across the health care professions.


The project team systematically contacts, supports and records the participation of health courses in universities nationally in using the PCC4U resources and accessing teaching support. Of 191 medical, nursing and allied health courses contacted, 97 courses are currently actively implementing the project resources in their curriculum; 46 courses are reviewing or planning to implement the resources. 

Furthermore, nursing and medicine entry to practice courses nationally, and allied health entry to practice courses are currently implementing and reviewing the PCC4U project resources with a view to strengthening palliative care content.

Learning modules

The PCC4U website hosts free to use educational modules with accompanying video based case scenarios and activity thinking points. 

Core Modules

Module 1: Principles of palliative care
Module 2: Communicating with people with life-limiting illnesses
Module 3: Palliative assessment and intervention
Module 4: Optimising function in palliative care

Focus Topics

Topic 1: Multidisciplinary care
Topic 2: Caring for Aboriginal people with life-limiting conditions
Topic 3: Caring for children with life-limiting conditions
Topic 4: Culture-centred care of people with life-limiting conditions

Further details

The PCC4U Project Director is Professor Patsy Yates, Head of School of Nursing, QUT and Director of the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. To view the educational modules and focus topics, or to find out more about PCC4U, visit the project website at

Last updated 17 January 2017