Palliative care is an area of health care that supports the physical and emotional needs of patients living with life-limiting illnesses, and their families. It is a core component of almost every clinical discipline in the health care sector.
Designed for registered health professionals at any practice level or speciality, the course will build your clinical performance capabilities and equip you with critical-decision making and leadership skills.
- Master of Palliative Care: 3 years part-time, 72 credit points, 12 subjects
- Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care: 2 years part-time, 48 credit points, 8 subjects
- Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care: 1 year part-time, 24 credit points, 4 subjects
With a curriculum heavily influenced by industry partners, you'll graduate practice-ready, able to work in dynamic health environments and prepared to make significant contributions to improve patient outcomes.
Flexible, convenient, online
The course is delivered online, with optional face-to-face master classes to foster group learning, collaboration and networking opportunities also available.
Emphasising an interdisciplinary approach, you'll benefit from an enquiry-based learning model, by extending your existing knowledge and skills to advance your practice within your current health environment.
Connected with industry
Learn with expert academics who are also world-leading clinical academic researchers in palliative care, as well as guest lecturers from industry.
UTS produces world-class research that informs palliative care policy and improves practice both in Australia and overseas through the UTS Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT).
My name is Mary Roberts and I’m a clinical nurse consultant and currently I’m studying master of palliative care at UTS.
The benefit of actually doing the course is that I’ve got a lot more out of it than just getting a qualification. A lot of healthcare professionals think that palliative care is all about death but to me it's the opposite. It's about living it's about making the most of what life someone has left and not so much the quantity but the quality of life and we really have to embrace the fact that palliative care is all about caring and it's about treating the person not only who they are now but who they were in the past because often they're a shadow of who they were and you want to be able to encompass who they were in your care so that you can really relate to them.
I chose to study at UTS for a number of reasons. I’ve spoken to colleagues that have studied at UTS and they had nothing but praise for the course structure the content and the support they received and I’ve also met some of the lecturers prior to enrolling and I was really impressed with their qualifications and their passion for teaching by studying online.
You can do the coursework when it suits you so if you're on morning shifts or you're on afternoon shifts you can do it around your spare time and you don't miss out on that collaboration because the lecturers actually schedule some zoom video sessions where you actually ought to come together with other students you get sent into little breakout rooms where you can chat and share ideas.
One of the surprising things about the course is that how clinically applicable and practical it is. I thought when I was going to do my masters it would be quite academic and quite theoretical but each of the subjects I’ve done so far I’ve actually learned things that I can use in my workplace the very next day. So whether it's writing the business case, whether it's using new treatments for different symptoms my advice to anyone who's considering studying palliative care at UTS is just do it. I had every excuse under the sun why I wasn't going to sign up and do it and I took the plunge I did it and I’ve really really enjoyed it and surprised at how easy the transition was after not studying for 20 years and I’ve just slipped straight back into it. The supportive environment of not only the other students but the lecturers it's been brilliant. So don't put it off just do it.
This course offers the opportunity to ensure palliative care becomes everyone’s business - the best care, any place, every time.
Associate Professor Louise Hickman
Director of Studies Palliative Care Programs IMPACCT
December 2020 - January 2021
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