4 x 60-minute tutorials per semester
1 x 9-hour independent study weekly
3 x 2-hour on-line exercises per semester
2 x 1-hour on-line tutorials per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 ^ PALL8432 - Understanding Literature for Evidence-Based Practice
2 Admission into GCPC-Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
2a Admission into GCPCAC-Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care in Aged Care
2b Admission into GDPPC-Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care
2c Admission into GDPPCAC-Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care in Aged Care
2d Admission into MPC-Master of Palliative Care
2e Admission into MPCAC-Master of Palliative Care in Aged Care
2f Admission into GDPAG-Graduate Diploma in Applied Gerontology
2g Admission into MAG-Master of Applied Gerontology
2h Admission into GCAG-Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology
3 Admission into GCPHCAG-Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (Aged Care Nursing)
3a Admission into GCPHCNG-Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (Nursing)
3b Admission into GDPNGAG-Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Aged Care)
3c Admission into GDPNGPH-Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Primary Health Care)
3d Admission into MNGAG-Master of Nursing (Aged Care)
3e Admission into MNGPH-Master of Nursing (Primary Health Care)
3f Admission into MNG/CR-Master of Nursing (Coursework and Research)
3g Admission into GCACNGMH-Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Mental Health)
3h Admission into GDPNGMH-Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health)
3i Admission into MNGMH-Master of Nursing (Mental Health)
Must Satisfy: ((1 and (2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e or 2f or 2g or 2h)) or ((3 or 3a or 3b or 3c or 3d or 3e or 3f or 3g or 3h or 3i)))
Enrolment not permitted
PALL8410 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Familiarity in the use of literature and accessing relevant data bases including OVID Medline, CINAHL, Pubmed- and others as appropriate
Course context
This topic is available to postgraduate students only.
Assignments; Tutorial Participation Online
Topic description
This topic addresses particular palliative clinical issues & clinical decision making for older people with a life limiting illness within residential aged care facilities & community settings. Palliative care in these settings typically occurs over a protracted period & involves 3 discreet forms; a palliative approach, specialised pall care & terminal care. Rather than the inexorable decline characteristic of a person in the palliative phase of many malignancies, physical deterioration in aging typically occurs intermittently & from multiple non-malignant conditions. A crucial skill is the assessment & clinical management of each new symptom & differentiating between the irreversible progress of an already diagnosed medical condition & a potentially reversible symptom requiring acute intervention. Unique aspects of pharmacokinetics within the aging population are also explored. Issues of addressing & documenting patient wishes regarding interventions & care in the event of further deterioration in mental & physical function is introduced. Also explored is the experience of physical, social & psychological dying. Introduction to the ethical & legislative issues pertinent to this area of practice.
Educational aims
This topic aims to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the palliative care needs of older people across a variety of care settings.
Expected learning outcomes

  • Describe the philosophy and practice of palliative care in aged care settings

  • Compare and contrast the common dying trajectories of older people with a life limiting illness and differentiate between the decline in malignant and non-malignant conditions.

  • Identify strategies for assessing when a palliative approach, specialist palliative care, supportive care is appropriate and articulate how are these decisions are made.

  • Distinguish between the concepts of social, psychological and biological death and describe their application to patients and caregivers.

  • Review the concept of advance directives and their relevance to local legislative frameworks, interpreting the implications of these for practice.

  • Identify and discuss issues of advanced care planning for older people, particularly those with cognitive impairment and describe the complexity of decision making in the absence of an advanced directive.

  • Describe the unique clinical aspects involved in the palliative care of older people

  • Discuss the implications of loss and grief on families, carers and staff within this population of older people.