Distance Education Course in Palliative Care Nursing


PLEASE NOTE: The Distance Education Course in Palliative Care Nursing is undergoing a rewrite.

The course will re-commence in 2018 in an online format and full details will be available in early 2018.

 The Distance Education Course in Palliative Care Nursing is designed to allow students to improve their knowledge, while studying at their own pace, in their own time.

This course has been designed for both Enrolled and Registered Nurses, whatever the clinical setting. The course is structured to meet the needs of those who do not want (or are not eligible) to study a postgraduate University course.

The course runs for 16 weeks, and requires up to 8 hours of study per week. It can be started at any time. Students are assigned a personal tutor with experience in palliative care education, who can assist with any problems or difficulties.

Registered Nurses without an undergraduate degree, who undertake and pass the Distance Course may progress onto the postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care. Eligibility will be assessed by the following:

  • Core skills in academic potential
    • Critical analysis
    • Skills in evidence-based practice
    • Academic comprehension and written expression


  • Introduction to Palliative Care
  • Communication, Caring & Ethics
  • Palliative Care for Patients with Cancer
  • Palliative Care for Patients with a Non-Cancer Diagnosis
  • Pain Management, Medical Emergencies & Metabolic Conditions
  • Upper, Mid & Lower Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Management of Respiratory Problems
  • Nutrition & Hydration; Lymphoedema; Wound Management; Delirium
  • Care in the Last Hours of Life
  • Spirituality; Culture; Sexuality; Complementary Therapies
  • Loss, Grief & Bereavement.


The cost of this course is $750.

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Fast Facts

Why study the Distance Education Course in Palliative Care Nursing?

  • Course can be started at any time
  • Study at your own pace, in your own time
  • Supported by experienced staff in both education and palliative care
  • Suitable for nurses in all workplaces, whether it be in acute care, aged care, a palliative service, or in a community setting
  • Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway for Registered Nurses without an undergraduate degree into the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care - please contact us for more information.

Course location

An external course held over 16 weeks.




Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of achievement.

Course materials

Students are sent a study guide and a book of readings in the post. Further readings for the course are available online, and information is provided on how to access them.

Students are required to have access to a copy of Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative Care. There may be a copy available at your workplace.


Students complete two essays and four reflective pieces during the course, and must obtain a score of 50% for each of the assessment pieces to pass the course.

Online payment and registration

Once your application is approved, you will be sent a link and directions to access a secure online credit card payment site.


Participants will be asked to complete an evaluation at the end of the course.

Refund Policy

Course fees may be refunded if complete study package is returned to Palliative and Supportive Services within 14 days of receipt. Refunds may be considered after this period on application to the Course Coordinator.

Further Information

If you have any questions about the course, please don't hesitate to contact us:



(08) 7221 8229