Online Palliative Care Training Modules

Developed by AHHA in 2013, the Palliative Care Online Training Portal offers free non-clinical interactive training for carers, community and aged care workers, students, volunteers, family members and clinicians who want to build their skills in caring for someone with a life-limiting illness. 

Over 61,000 people have undertaken the Portal’s high-quality training to date and user evaluations indicate that more than 80% of users identify as being more confident in their ability to deliver best-practice palliative care services following completion of the training.

The Palliative Care Online Training Portal consists of six training modules and an extensive resource library, covering topics such as:

  • The needs of people and their families as they approach end-of-life
  • Assessment skills
  • End-of-life conversations
  • Self-care and building resilience
  • Pain management
  • Recognising deteriorating patients.

The modules are written in plain English and use interactive activities, video case studies and easy-to-understand examples that enable participants from all backgrounds to build skills and confidence in palliative care. The course has been endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing according to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standard and users are provided with a certificate of completion for each module which can be used to claim up to 12 CPD hours.

In 2020, AHHA successfully renewed arrangements with the Australian Government Department of Health to continue funding the project until 2023.

Throughout the next phase of work, AHHA plans to develop two additional training modules which will supplement our existing online resources. The first module will focus on ‘under-served populations’, while the focus for the final module will be determined through a stakeholder consultation process. Current suggestions for the final topic include personal resilience—important for those working in the challenging area of palliative care—and team-based care. If you would like to contribute to this process, please contact

You can visit the new website and sign up for a training account at

Last updated 01 October 2020