End of life and palliative care education and training

Information on available education and training resources for health professionals in End of life and palliative care.

These resources provide a range of training and education opportunities, suitable for both palliative care specialists and generalist clinicians.

Education and training for all sectors across a range of topics

Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) - Cancer Council of WA

PaSCE (external site) offer a variety of programs aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of palliative care in all settings. The programs are aimed at health professionals, health care workers and palliative care volunteers across WA. They are facilitated by project officers in collaboration with expert palliative care clinical providers and health professionals.

PaSCE is supported by Cancer Council WA and the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, WA Department of Health.

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) 

PEPA (external site) delivers education and training opportunities for health care providers across primary, secondary and tertiary settings. PEPA aims to enhance the capacity of health professionals to deliver a palliative approach to care by:

  • providing clinical placements and experiential workshop opportunities for the non-specialist palliative care health and aged care workforce across rural, remote, and metropolitan settings
  • enhancing links between specialist and non-specialist palliative care providers to improve the quality and coordination of care
  • providing resources and development opportunities for host specialist palliative care services to create learning organisations with a commitment to, and skills in, supporting ongoing learning.

CareSearch: Palliative Care Knowledge Network 

This website provides access to evidence and evidence-based guidance (external site) on palliative care for health professionals, care workers, carers, volunteers, health care educators and managers.

CareSearch education resources

The education resources section (external site) provides information on major education initiatives, formal qualifications, conferences, short courses and workshops, eLearning.

CareSearch my learning modules

10 case-based online learning modules (external site) introduce the resources in CareSearch and how they can be used in clinical practice.

The modules provide a range of high-quality peer reviewed materials that put the spotlight on evidence-based practice and use case stories to highlight common clinical scenarios, and how to manage them using evidence-based resources in CareSearch.

Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) essentials program

PCOC (external site) enables palliative care services to embed standardised clinical assessment tools into routine practice. It captures clinically meaningful information from across palliative care patients’ disease trajectories, to measure and benchmark patient outcomes.Essentials is a short course for managers and clinicians learning about the PCOC assessment tools, implementing PCOC and reports.

PCOC Essentials for clinicians who need to:

  1. Understand PCOC assessments
  2. Refresh their knowledge of the PCOC tools

PCOC Essentials for managers who need to:

  1. Implement PCOC
  2. Learn about patient outcome reports and how to use the data for change.

Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U)

PCC4U (external site) promotes the inclusion of palliative care education as an integral part of all medical, nursing, and allied health undergraduate and entry to practice training, and ongoing professional development.

The PCC4U project is a national palliative care project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

The PCC4U project aims to promote and sustain the inclusion of the principles and practice of palliative care in all health care training. It 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.

End-of-life Essentials: education for acute hospitals

The education modules (external site) are designed to assist doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working in acute hospitals in delivering end-of-life care.

The modules develop knowledge and skills to recognise end-of-life issues, enhance communication strategies and gain confidence in caring for patients and their families in acute hospitals requiring end-of-life care.

The toolkit resources will sustain and support learning and help learners apply this knowledge in practice.

Advance CPR decision making in the hospital setting: teaching package

The Advance CPR decision-making in the hospital setting teaching package consists of a suite of videos and a facilitator’s guide.

Goals of Patient Care – training video

Goals of Patient Care – a clinician's guide


Caring@Home: symptom management for palliative patients

Caring@home (external site) aims to improve the quality of palliative care service delivery across Australia.

Resources are available to support people to be cared for and to die at home, if that is their choice.

Resources are applicable Australia-wide for community service providers, health care professionals and carers to support carers to help manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines.

Aged care

Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) palliative care online training

This Palliative Care educational resource (external site) supports applying the guidelines for a Palliative Approach to Aged Care in the Community (COMPAC) to practice. It includes the knowledge, skills and values that are required to communicate and contribute to the care of clients in the community who have a life limiting illness and/or are approaching the final stages of the normal ageing process.

The COMPAC guidelines have recently been incorporated into the palliAGED online resource.

This online training is designed for the Australian health context and is developed by the AHHA, with input from industry and other specialists.


Quality of Care Collaborative Australia 2 (QuoCCA 2)

QuoCCA (external site) enhances the quality of paediatric palliative care delivery and provides support for children and young people with life limiting conditions, their families and their care communities.

QuoCCA seeks to bring about improvements in skills, knowledge and confidence of health professionals involved in delivery of paediatric palliative care across Australia, through delivery of education and research.

This program is targeted at any health professional, including medical, nursing and allied health, or local community supports (e.g. chaplains, teachers, and funeral directors) with an interest in supporting children with palliative care needs.

Learning options available vary from education workshop sessions, pop-up educational visits from a team of paediatric palliative care specialists, and self-paced online learning.

International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN)

ICPCN’s e-learning programme (external site) provides six eLearning short courses for professionals and lay people working with children who are experiencing life limiting and life threatening conditions.


Talking End of Life with people with an Intellectual Disability (TEL)

TEL (external site) is a resource that shows you how to teach people with intellectual disability about end of life.

It is designed for disability support professionals but is also helpful for families, health professionals, and educators.

TEL reflects 10 years of Australian research on end of life and people with intellectual disability.

TEL is an online version of the Dying to Talk project, an Australian Research Council funded partnership between The University of Sydney, Keele University in the UK, and Unisson Disability.

TEL comprises 12 modules including activities, case studies, videos, resources and links to the research; TEL also offers a set of additional website resources.

Primary care

The Advance Project

The Advance Project (external site) is a practical, evidence-based toolkit and a training package, specifically designed to support Australian general practices to implement a team-based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice.

Three different online training activities, specifically tailored to the unique learning needs of Australian GPs, nurses and general practice managers are available.


End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC)

This training program (external site) for clinicians and medical students focuses on the law relating to end of life decision-making. This includes the law about decisions that happen in the last days and months of life, as well as earlier Advance Care Planning.

The ELLC online modules aim to improve clinicians’ and students’ legal knowledge to enhance their clinical practice and delivery of quality palliative and end-of-life care.

Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) online learning resources

Online Learning Resources @ RACP (external site) is home to all online learning opportunities for trainees, overseas trained physicians, and for fellows’ continuing professional development.

It hosts a range of online learning courses, resources, interactive learning content, curated collections and podcasts.

Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) education resources

Royal Australian College of General Practice (external site)

Advance Health Directives / Advance Care Planning
Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD)

The process and procedures around VAD in WA are currently being established.

Last reviewed: 14-04-2020