How to use the learning modules
The learning modules will help you learn about the important principles and practice of palliative care within a health care discipline.
As a health care professional, palliative care will be a significant part of the role you play within the health care industry.
This resource makes learning about palliative care easy and straightforward. It contains resources and information to help you with your course.
Organisation of content
The main content is organised into four core learning modules:
1: Principles (Principles of palliative care)
2: Communication (Communicating with people with life-limiting illnesses)
3: Assessment (Assessing and managing symptoms)
4: Optimisation (Optimising function in palliative care)
In addition focus topics aim to support learning about palliative care in specific populations and contexts.
The focus topics modules are:
1: A multidisciplinary approach in palliative care
2: Caring for Aboriginal people with life-limiting illnesses
3: Caring for children with life-limiting illnesses
4: Culture-centred care of people with life-limiting illnesses
It is recommended you work through the modules in order. The modules are organised into sections, then into activities. It's recommended that you work through the sections in order, as the information contained in each section relies on information that comes before it. Alternatively, your education provider will direct you specific activities to complement your learning.
Case Study videos
The videos are a vital part of this learning resource. They show various stages a person goes through when facing a life-limiting illness, from diagnosis to end-of-life care. Throughout a module, you'll be asked to view a specific section of video as part of an activity, and then answer questions relating to the video.
There are also videos of health care professionals providing their advice on palliative care.
'Thinking points' encourage you to undertake further research or reflection on concepts within an activity. Your responses should reflect your discipline specific scope of practice. You can complete the Thinking points within the PCC4U Workbook, which is a writable pdf document. The pdf will need to be downloaded and saved on your computer or mobile device and opened with Adobe Reader.
If you're working with a group of people to answer the Thinking points, you must:
- ensure that what other people discuss remains private and confidential
- always get the person's consent before discussing his or her personal issues outside the group
- respect other people's feelings and thoughts
- respect other people's right not to disclose their feelings and thoughts.
Records of Participation
After completing a PCC4U learning module, the user can download and complete a Record of Participation. It is the responsibility of the individual user to maintain a record of evidence to support the hours of learning claimed.
The pdf writable document can be found on the home page of each module. The pdf will need to be downloaded and saved on your computer or mobile device and opened with Adobe Reader.