Palliative care makes a difference when it matters most.
All health professionals at some stage in their career will care for people who are dying and will be required to draw on clinical skills to provide excellent palliative and end-of-life care.
Palliative care is the responsibility of all health care professionals including doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, social workers and dietitians who help treat symptoms, manage daily tasks, provide rehabilitation, and offer support.
You may wish to advance your clinical practice to become better prepared to provide care for a dying patient and their carers in settings such as acute hospitals, ambulatory care settings, aged care facilities and palliative care units.
You may wish to build the knowledge and skills required to become a palliative care specialist to help optimise the quality of life for people – young and old – who are living with life-limiting or terminal illnesses. Or you may wish to develop skills to undertake research or quality assurance projects focused on improving the delivery of palliative care.