Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Laura Dean


For postgraduate coursework pharmacy discontinuation dates, please see http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/students/pg-coursework/unit-discontinuation-dates.html

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at http://monash.edu/pharm/future/contact/


The unit will cover the clinical and non-clinical topics listed below, enabling appropriate pharmacist management of palliative care patients.

Clinical topics:

  • management of pain
  • management of symptoms other than pain
  • palliative care in malignant and non-malignant disease
  • prescribing in palliative care

Non-clinical topics:

  • palliative care principles
  • ethical issues
  • access to palliative care medications
  • introduction to the Australian palliative care system

Pharmacists completing this unit will acquire knowledge about current therapies used in symptom management with the aim of achieving the best possible quality of life for palliative care patients and their families.


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

  • Describe the principles of palliative care.
  • Discuss the multi-disciplinary approach to palliative care within the Australian palliative care system.
  • Apply pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management knowledge to their professional practice.
  • Recognise, monitor, and pharmacologically and non-pharmacologically manage common non-pain symptoms and treatment side-effects.
  • Have a working knowledge of how palliative cancer care medicines can be administered and accessed.
  • Apply the principles of prescribing and de-prescribing in palliative care.


Contributions to case studies in online moderated discussion forums: 50%
Written assignment 1: 10%
Written assignment 2: 10%
Case study 1: 10%
Case study 2: 10% (hurdle)
Submission of a learning portfolio: 10% (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in tutorials or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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