Training to help you help others with palliative care

Palliative care volunteers provide practical help and companionship to people living with advanced illness, their carers and families.

Online learning resources for volunteers are listed below. They will be added to as new resources for volunteers are released.

Other general information about volunteering and about palliative care are also listed.

Advance Care Planning for Volunteers

This module steps through explanations of what Advance Care Planning is, and how volunteers may be able to help themselves and others.

Advance Care Planning Introduction

These learning modules step through explanations of what Advance Care Planning is, why it is important and how to start the conversation. See Modules 1-8.

Palliative Care Training and Information Online Portal

These modules provide a step by step guide to the knowledge, skills and values that are required to support older people with a life limiting illness and/or are approaching the final stages of the normal ageing process. See Modules 1-4.

Palliative Care NSW Volunteer Support Services Programme Quizzes (5.16Mb pdf)

This series of 11 quizzes covering a range of palliative care topics can be used as part of the initial or ongoing training for volunteers. They are based on Palliare: a Handbook for palliative care volunteers in NSW


Palliative Care Queensland has an innovate community education program that is open for all: PalliLearn.

Supporting a Person Who Needs Palliative Care (280kb pdf)

This is an online pdf guidebook that provides basic but practical information for family and friends, carers or volunteers, who are assisting in care provision for a person who is in the palliative phase.

Palliative Care Victoria Volunteers Training Kit

This series of nine modules provides competency-based training across various topics in palliative care for volunteers. Training kits can be purchased for use.

Palliative Care NSW Volunteer Support Services Programme

Comprehensive palliative care volunteer training resource.

About palliative care: The Role of the Volunteer

Video from Palliative Care NSW

Last updated 02 August 2021