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Introduction to Palliative Care

Dates: next course: 12 August 2019
Venue: e-learning with 5 hours hospice care
Time: n/a refer to full programme

Please note that courses are structured over a period of 16 weeks. This is an e-learning course that requires 5 hours of hospice care.

Course fee is

Participants from South Africa: R 5 500 per person
Participants from other parts of Africa: R 6 500 per person 
International participants: R 8 000 per person
CPD points = 32 | Level 1
Ethics               4 | Level 1

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).

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.

The course requires 35 hours of self-directed study over a period of 16 weeks plus one 5 hour face-to-face session at a local hospice. The course is offered by the Division of Family Medicine and is presented in conjunction with Hospice Palliative Care Association on the University of Cape Town's Vula e-learning platform.

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.