Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susan Lee


This unit applies the clinical capabilities articulated in the national palliative care curriculum for undergraduates (PCC4U1) to clinical learning activities. Students develop clinical capabilities in the palliative approach by working with a mentor in specialist clinical practice, providing care to people with life limiting illness and their families. The unit uses a flexible approach that allows students to negotiate the terms of their clinical time with a mentor to guide their development. The use of virtual tutorials and ongoing feedback from faculty will assist students to reflect on these experiences and integrate theory with practice.


Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a developing capacity to communicate effectively with individual responses to loss and grief, existential challenges, uncertainty and changing goals of care;
  2. Plan care that reflects an appreciation of and respect for the diverse human and clinical responses of each individual throughout their illness trajectory;
  3. Demonstrate beginning level competence in the assessment and management of clinical and supportive care needs; and
  4. Utilise reflection to evaluate own professional and personal experiences and their cumulative impact on self and others.


Clinical capability portfolio (Pass / Fail)
Weekly clinical reflective log (60%)
Virtual tutorial group work (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

162 hours (1 day per week negotiated clinical, 2 hours per week mentor guided activities, 2 hours per week self directed activities, 2 hours per week student led virtual tutorial).

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study