PGC5118 - Palliative care - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Ms Laura Dean

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at

Unit guides





The unit will cover the clinical and non-clinical topics listed below, enabling appropriate 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 and de-prescribing in palliative care

Non-clinical topics:

  • palliative care principles
  • ethical issues
  • access to palliative care medications
  • delivery of palliative care in Australia

Students 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:

  1. Integrate clinical assessments and patient history to develop evidence-based clinical management plans in palliative care.
  2. Justify evidence based pharmacological recommendations relating to palliative care to healthcare consumers including patients, family members and multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals.
  3. Recognise, monitor, and manage (pharmacologically and non-pharmacologically) symptoms and treatment side-effects common in palliative care.
  4. Apply the principles of quality use of medicines in prescribing and de-prescribing in palliative care.
  5. Critically reflect on their individual learning process and progress in clinical competence.


Moderated discussion forums: 60%

Presentation: 5%

Quiz: 5%

Case study: 20% (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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Chief examiner(s)

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

Clinical pharmacy practice