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.
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.