Palliative care.


Single module covering:

  • Palliative care definitions and concepts,
  • Illness trajectories,
  • Assessing palliative care needs,
  • Assessment and management of pain,
  • Effective communication strategies,
  • Advance care planning and ethics, and
  • Implementing and delivering a palliative approach.


Basic to Intermediate

Target audience


Time to Complete

2 hours


The module has been developed by Jane Phillips, RN PhD, Professor Palliative Nursing, School of Nursing Sydney, Notre Dame University for the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association with funding provided by the Australian Government Department of Health.


2 CPD hours awarded on completion

The module will provide you with an understanding of:

  • the principles necessary for effective assessment and management of patients palliative care needs
  • effective communication strategies in the context of patients responses to loss and grief, existential challenges, uncertainty and changing goals of care, and
  • strategies required to work collaboratively with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to effectively meet patients and their families palliative care needs; and understand your duty of care in relation to patients who require a palliative approach.

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care.

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Free for members, cost for non-members

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Last updated 13 August 2021