Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2013 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Katrina Recoche


An important component of our health system is the services provided for those living with terminal illness. The health needs of these individuals are diverse and often change over time. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to engage students in building fundamental knowledge and skill for the provision of palliative care in any setting. This unit aims to develop the abilities of health professionals and other graduates to care for persons with life limiting illness, by improving awareness of the principles and values underpinning palliative care, communication, clinical assessment and interventions and optimizing function in palliative care and coping with dying and bereavement. This unit is a prerequisite for NUR3007 'Clinical experience in the palliative approach'.


  1. Communicate effectively in the context of individual responses to loss and grief, existential challenges, uncertainty and changing goals of care;
  2. Appreciate and respect to the diverse human and clinical responses of each individual throughout their illness trajectory;
  3. Understand the principles of assessment and management of clinical and supportive care needs; and,
  4. Reflect and evaluate their own professional and personal experiences and their cumulative impact on self and others.


Comprehensive case study: 40%
Essay: 40%
Tutorial Participation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 3 hour compulsory workshops in weeks 1,2 and 3 of the semester, followed by weekly 1 hour podcast lectures.


Enrolment in 2nd or 3rd year of an undergraduate degree related to health sciences.