Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Ms Katrina Recoche



  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)


  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)


  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)


An important component of our health system is the services provided for those living with terminal illness. The health needs of these individuals are diverse and often change over time. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to engage students in building fundamental knowledge and skill for the provision of palliative care in any setting. This unit aims to develop the abilities of health professionals and other graduates to care for persons with life limiting illness, by improving awareness of the principles and values underpinning palliative care, communication, clinical assessment and interventions and optimizing function in palliative care and coping with dying and bereavement. This unit is a prerequisite for NUR3007 'Clinical experience in the palliative approach'.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in the context of individual responses to loss and grief, existential challenges, uncertainty and changing goals of care;
  2. Appreciate and respect to the diverse human and clinical responses of each individual throughout their illness trajectory;
  3. Understand the principles of assessment and management of clinical and supportive care needs; and
  4. Reflect and evaluate their own professional and personal experiences and their cumulative impact on self and others.


Comprehensive case study (40%)
Essay (40%)
Tutorial participation (20%)

Workload requirements

Three 2 hour workshops in weeks 1, 2 and 3 of the semester, weekly 1 hour podcast lectures or online forums in weeks 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Enrolment in 2nd or 3rd year of an undergraduate degree related to health sciences.