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What is the aim of the PCC4U project?

The PCC4U project aims to improve the skill and confidence of the health workforce to work with people with palliative care needs by promoting the integration of palliative care training within all health undergraduate, entry-to-practice, and relevant post-graduate curricula.

The PCC4U project is in accordance with the National Palliative Care Program’s (NPCP) objective to fund initiatives related to palliative care education, training and support for the workforce. It also directly articulates with goals one and two of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2010.

The project supports the inclusion of palliative care through the provision of:

  • a suite of evidence-based student and facilitator learning resources
  • capacity building and professional development activities.

How were the evidence based resources developed?

The PCC4U learning resources were developed following a range of consultative activities and evidence reviews. The resources are subject to regular review and update. The learning resources are based upon four core graduate capabilities identified as being integral for health professionals to provide a palliative approach to care for persons with a life-limiting illness.

What are the PCC4U learning resources?

  1. Principles for including palliative care in undergraduate curricula

    This publication provides a framework and guiding principles for curriculum design, implementation and evaluation in relation to palliative care for undergraduates. Content includes:

    • graduate capabilities in palliative care
    • benchmarks for inclusion of the palliative approach in undergraduate curricula
    • teaching, learning and assessment strategies.
  2. Learning modules

    A series of student-centred learning modules is available online and in portable formats. The modules focus on developing graduate capabilities in palliative care. They include a case study, video vignettes and current references. The modules are:

    • principles of palliative care
    • communicating with people who have a life-limiting illness
    • clinical assessment and intervention in palliative care
    • optimising function in palliative care.
  3. Video vignettes

    The vignettes present individuals each diagnosed with a different life-limiting condition. The scenes provide an opportunity to meet individuals at various points in their journey and reflect on their experiences and interactions with health care professionals. The vignettes can be used in a variety of different learning situations as a trigger for reflection and group discussion.

  4. Web-based resources and support materials

    This comprehensive compilation includes multimedia resources, arts and literature, academic reference materials and recent palliative care topic documents and articles to support palliative care education.

Who is the target group for the resources?

The resources are designed for use by:

  • health care students learning about the care of people with life-limiting illnesses
  • health care workers undertaking continuing professional development
  • academics, clinical educators and health care providers providing education and training in the care of people with life-limiting illnesses
  • professional bodies and policy planners.

What types of health care students can use the resources?

The palliative care learning modules are primarily designed for use by undergraduate and entry to practice health care students across all of the health care disciplines. They can also be used to support clinical practice in specialist and non specialist palliative care settings and to support interprofessional practice initiatives across the health care disciplines.

How do I access the resources?

The PCC4U resources can be accessed, at no cost:

  • though this website
  • by contacting the PCC4U project coordinators and asking for a copy (or copies) of the resources to be sent.

Are there examples of how to use the resources?

Yes – discipline specific exemplars of incorporating the learning modules and video vignettes into the curriculum are available on the website via the teaching and learning hub.

What capacity building and professional development activities are available?

A range of opportunities are freely available as part of the PCC4U project. These include:

  • tailored workshops and seminars on ‘Promoting quality learning and teaching in palliative care education’
  • site visits to introduce the project and resources to the teaching team
  • assistance with customising the resources to suit your curriculum and meet your teaching and learning needs
  • assistance with curriculum mapping to strengthen the inclusion of palliative care

What are the requirements of using the resources?

The most important criteria for using the resources is that the Australian Government Department of Health is acknowledged as the funding body for the PCC4U project. This means that any use of the PCC4U resources must:

  • Acknowledge the contributions of the Department of Health in any relevant correspondence, public announcement, advertising material, research report or other material produced by or on behalf of the University or individual in relation to the PCC4U project.
  • Respect the moral rights of the authors and acknowledge the contribution of the authors in any relevant correspondence, public announcement, advertising material or reports when using or quoting the work of the authors.

Contact the project team

Click here or call the team on 07 3138 6128