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Introduction to Palliative Care

Dates: starting 24 January 2022 (next dates: 28 March; 23 May; 18 July 2022)
Venue: n/a e-learning 
Time: n/a refer to full programme

Course fee is
Participants from South Africa: R 6 000 per person
Participants from other parts of Africa: R 6 500 per person 
International participants: R 8 000 per person

CPD points = 30 | Level 1

This short course course will equip healthcare and counselling professionals to assess and manage patients living with life-threatening and life-limiting illness, to improve their quality of life and to support their families in providing care at home.

Entry requirements: Healthcare professionals with a Degree or Diploma in their discipline (professional nurses may have a Diploma; other healthcare professionals should have a degree, degree in social work or psychology).

The Introduction to palliative care has been developed as an e-learning course and will be presented by the Hospice Palliative Care Association and the University of Cape Town on the UCT Vula platform.

Each module requires 5 hours of teaching and learning. Each module is covered in a 2 week period. Candidates will complete the course within 4 month period (16 weeks).

Course content:

  • Module 1: Principles of Palliative Care
  • Module 2: Ethical Principles in Palliative Care
  • Module 3: Communication skills in Palliative Care; Breaking Bad News and Building Hope
  • Module 4: Pain Assessment and Management 
  • Module 5: Symptom Management
  • Module 6: Psychosocial aspects of palliative care; family support
  • Module 7: Culture, Spirituality and Sexuality
  • Module 8: Teamwork, Care of the Caregiver and Resilience

View the summary of the programme

A Certificate of Completion and CPD points will be issued to participants on successful completion of the course.

The aim is to provide basic training in palliative care to meet the recommendation of the 2014 World Health Assembly Resolution 67.19 and the South African Policy Framework and Strategy for Palliative Care (that all healthcare professionals should engage in basic training in palliative care).

For more information or to register email ce.administration@uct.ac.za