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Palliative Care Training for the Oncologist in Africa

Dates: Starts: 2 September 2019
Venue: e-learning with contact sessions 
Time: n/a refer to full programme

The course is structured over a period of 12 months. This is a blended learning course that requires 48 hours of online learning and 14 contact hours.

Course fee is

UCT Registrars: R 2 500 per person (Oncology and Family Medicine Registrars are eligible for discounted rates)
UCT Academic Joint Staff: R 3 000 per person

External (non-UCT)  Registrars : R 5 000 per person 
External (non-UCT) Academic Joint Staff (i.e.: non - UCT): R 7 500 per person

Private Practice Medical Professionals: R 12 500 per person

Group bookings are eligible for a discounted rate. Please enquire on application.

CPD points = 30 | Level 1
Ethics   3 | Level 1

Entry requirements: Registered with a health professional body as a medical doctor.

This short course will equip healthcare and counselling professionals to effectively and compassionately communicate with cancer patients and families along the continuum of cancer care.

The course requires 48 hours of self-directed study (12 modules) over a period of 12 months plus 14 contact hours (12 local tutorials). In addition, there will be 6 case studies presented via webinars. The course is a joint collaboration offered by the Division of Family Medicine and the Department of Radiation Oncology and is presented on the University of Cape Town's Vula e-learning platform.

Course content:

  • Module 1: Principles of Palliative Medicine in Oncology
  • Module 2: Communication skills, Basic principles
  • Module 3: Communication skills: Breaking bad news and building hope
  • Module 4: Communication skills: Conversations around serious illness and care planning
  • Module 5: Communication skills: Managing conflict
  • Module 6: Symptom management: Pain
  • Module 7: Symptom management: Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Module 8: Symptom management: Dyspnoea and delirium
  • Module 9: Symptom management: Constitutional and treatment related symptoms in Cancer
  • Module 10: End of Life Care
  • Module 11: The role of the oncologist providing comprehensive care (spirituality, bereavement and teamwork)
  • Module 12: Self Care

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 South African Policy Framework and Strategy for Palliative Care in 2017 that states that palliative care must be taught to all healthcare professionals on intermediate level working in areas with a high burden of palliative care patients.

Registration Deadline: Friday 16 August 2019

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