2 x 2-hour on-line exercises per semester
3 x 1.5-hour on-line tutorials per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
^ PALL8432 - Introduction to the Study of Palliative Care
Course context
This topic is available to postgraduate students only
Assignments; Tutorial participation and presentation.
Topic description
This topic is designed to increase the knowledge of professional carers who work with children living with a life limiting illness. Underpinning this topic is the recognition that providing paediatric palliative care is very different to providing adult palliative services. The topic is designed to focus on the unique and highly specialised knowledge required by professionals working with children, family, friends and community. It focuses on communication between health professionals and children, pain and symptom assessment and management plus an introduction to ethical decision making.
Educational aims
This topic aims to assist the student understand the needs of children living with a life limiting illness as well as their families and friends, by providing an opportunity to explore interdisciplinary assessment and management approaches which are applicable in a variety of settings.
Expected learning outcomes
Students undertaking the topic will learn to:

  • differentiate between paediatric and adult palliative and supportive care in terms of people involved (patient, family and professionals), disease and illness trajectory

  • identify barriers to primary and tertiary referral and describe the consequence of these in the life of children living with a life limiting illness

  • demonstrate knowledge of cognitive, physical and emotional developmental milestones, and translate that to the ability to communicate effectively with all the people involved with care - especially the child

  • apply a systematic framework to the assessment of symptoms encountered in paediatric palliative care while at the same time identifying the unique aspects of symptom assessment and management in children