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Introduction to Palliative Care

Dates: Monday 7th May / 2nd July / 3rd September
Venue: e-learning with 5 hours at hospice (See Module 3 below)
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.




 Monday 7th May 16 Weeks Distance Learning
Monday 2nd July
Monday 3rd September

Download and complete the Palliative Care Registration Form

Course fee is

Participants from South Africa: R 5000 per person
Participants from other parts of Africa: R 6 000 per person 
International participants: R 7 500 per person
CPD points = 30 | Level 1
Ethics               5 | 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.

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).

The course requires 35 hours of self-directed study plus one 5 hour face-to-face session and is presented over a 4 month period.

The Introduction to Palliative Care has been developed as an e-learning course and will be presented by the 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

A certificate of completion will be given to candidates who have successfully completed the course.

To register or for more information email ce.administration@uct.ac.za.