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VCW1113 - Palliative care and pain management

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Victorian College of Pharmacy

Leader: Melinda Brooks


Parkville First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Parkville Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit explores the complex issues and challenges associated with non-healing wounds. Students will gain an understanding of palliation, management of odour, exudate and pain management for people with fungating, cancerous wounds, radiation ulcers and non-healing chronic wounds.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the aetiology and physiology of non-healing wounds;
  2. Identify the types of wounds that require palliative management;
  3. Discuss the palliative care and challenges associated with the management of fungating wounds, cancerous wounds, radiation ulcers and non-healing chronic wounds (pressure and arterial ulcers);
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology of pain in palliative wound care;
  5. Demonstrate and understanding of pain assessment techniques in palliative care;
  6. Identify the treatment modalities for pain and critically appraise their effectiveness.


Two minor assignments (30%), major assignment(50%), participation in online tutorials (10%)


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