1 x 9-hour independent study weekly
4 x 1-hour on-line exercises per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
^ PALL8432 - Understanding Literature for Evidence-Based Practice
Assignments: On-line tutorial presentation and participation
Topic description

This topic focuses on the knowledge and practice of adolescent and young adult palliative care. Students will be introduced to a range of concepts that underlie effective practice across multidisciplinary teams and clinical practice settings.

Educational aims

This topic aims to introduce the students to the following concepts and issues:

  • The stages of lifespan development when impacted on by terminal diagnosis
  • The concepts of age appropriate psychosocial care
  • Psychosocial assessment and communication with young people
  • Strategies to engage and the ethical framework that underpins AYA palliative care
  • The complex clinical needs demand comprehensive symptom management and potentially multiple services for supportive care across multiple sites
  • Place of Care: age appropriate respite and palliative care beds in appropriate environments. What does this mean to young people?
  • Transition from active to curative treatment
  • The impact of young death on health care teams and the importance of self care practices
  • Parents, partners and peers bereavement planning
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the issue related to the dying adolescent or young adult (AYA) within the context of this life stage inclusive of biological, cognitive, emotional, social, physical, psychosexual and spiritual development
  2. Outline the ethical framework that underpins AYA palliation and discuss commonly encountered ethical dilemmas
  3. Recognise and evaluate key principles or effective practice in working in different clinical settings with young people, their families and health care teams
  4. Explore the concept of clinical practice in AYA palliative care specifically, interdisciplinary developmentally targeted psychosocial skills, clinical decision making and palliative symptom management
  5. Outline the significance of memory making, legacy creation and specific losses associated with young death. Explore the complexities of anticipatory grief for the AYA and bereavement issues for those partners, parents, peers and significant others and there manifestations