Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health

As a national palliative care project, the Collaborative takes a strategic approach to education and training of the health workforce and delivers programs for priority health care provider groups across primary, secondary and tertiary settings.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, the Collaborative is led by Queensland University of Technology and includes:
Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)
Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U).
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Palliative Care Workforce Development
• National Palliative Care Workforce Action Plan

The PaCE Directory App will enable users to readily access palliative care education and training resources that are provided by the Collaborative and other National Palliative Care Projects (NPCPs). Users can access the PaCE Directory by a mobile-responsive web-based app on their smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

The Palliative Care Capabilities

Resources available on the PaCE Directory App align with the following capabilities:

Health professionals
  • HP1: Person-centred communication in the context of an individual’s responses to loss and grief, existential challenges, uncertainty and changing goals of care.
  • HP2: Appreciation of and demonstrated respect for the diverse human and clinical responses of each individual throughout their illness trajectory.
  • HP3: Understanding of principles for assessment and management of clinical and supportive care needs.
  • HP4: The capacity for reflection and self-evaluation of one’s professional and personal experiences and their cumulative impact on oneself and others.
Care workers
  • CW1: Person-centred communication to build trust, show empathy and demonstrate support for individuals and carers living with a life-limiting illness.
  • CW2: Awareness of and demonstrated respect for the diverse human and clinical responses of each individual throughout their illness trajectory.
  • CW3: Understanding of clinical and supportive strategies that are within the scope of practice for individuals with a life-limiting illness.
  • CW4: The capacity to identify own emotional responses and ethical concerns and manage according to organisational policy and procedures.
Educators
  • E1: Develop discipline-specific intended learning outcomes based on graduate capabilities in palliative care.
  • E2: Use reputable learning and teaching resources to support learner’s development of palliative care capabilities.
  • E3: Apply evidence-based learning and teaching strategies in palliative care education.
Specialist palliative care professionals
  • S1: Advanced communication skills to establish, maintain and adapt effective therapeutic partnerships in the context of an individual’s responses to loss and grief, existential challenges, uncertainty and changing goals of care.
  • S2: The ability to negotiate mutually agreed goals of care within a therapeutic environment, and facilitate person-centred decision making to promote optimal outcomes.
  • S3: Demonstrated skills in providing individualised and evidence-based interventions to address the diverse human and clinical responses and preferences of each individual throughout their illness trajectory.
  • S4: Advanced skills in holistic assessment of individuals with complex clinical and supportive care needs.
  • S5: Expertise in use of assessment data to develop and implement a personalised and evidence-based management plan and modify this plan according to changing circumstances, needs and preferences.
  • S6: Understand the need for support for self and others and utilise appropriate support systems.
  • S7: Contribute to quality palliative care outcomes through research, professional, policy and service development activities.
  • S8: The ability to apply advanced understanding of contemporary legal, ethical and professional standards in palliative care service delivery and development.