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Topic 1: Principles of Palliative Care

To provide health care that’s relevant to community needs, you need to understand the experiences, preferences and care requirements for people with life-limiting conditions.

Overview

Topic 1: Principles of palliative care will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality care, across various health care settings, to people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Aims & Objectives

After completing this topic, you should be able to:

  • describe the core principles of a palliative approach to care
  • develop an understanding of the experiences, preferences and care requirements for people with life-limiting conditions.

Sessions

1.1 What is Palliative Care?

  • consider how your own values and beliefs influence your interactions with a person with a life-limiting condition
  • develop an understanding of the underpinning principles and core values of palliative care.
  • What is palliative care
  • Understanding quality of life

1.2 Diversity and culture

  • reflect on various meanings of death and dying in contemporary society and how they relate to a person's own experiences of dying
  • examine the diversity of Australian populations requiring palliative care
  • describe key concepts associated with cultural competence and cultural safety.
  • Factors influencing death and dying
  • Individual factors influencing death and dying
  • Case Study: William's story
  • Divers experiences of death and dying
  • Multicultural Australia
    • Cultural safety
    • Cultural competence

1.3 A palliative approach to care

  • understand the importance of an individualised approach to caring for people with life-limiting conditions
  • identify groups and individuals who may benefit from palliative care.
  • Understanding people's needs
  • Who is palliative care for?
  • Patterns of change

1.4:   Palliative care – everybody’s business

  • describe the palliative care workforce
  • identify the rationale for a multidisciplinary approach in providing care for people with life-limiting conditions
  • outline how to include the principles and core values of palliative care in enrolled nurse practice.
  • The palliative care workforce
  • What is a multidisciplinary approach to care?
  • Case Study: William One year later

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