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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject
to change.

Who should attend?

This short course focuses on symptom management for chronic and terminal illness and is designed to address the current learning needs of those caring for palliative care patients.

Date and location

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.

 

Fees

RN member $327.00 RN non-member $385.00
EN member $269.00 EN non-member $327.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • discuss end-of-life care issues with respect to:
  • communication-information strategies; language; nonverbal and verbal
  • review end-of-life care in the home versus in hospital
  • explore pain management and symptom management
  • discuss palliative care issues with respect to pastoral care and spiritual care
  • explore issues relating to palliative care and the law
  • identify bereavement management strategies and how they can assist the carer.

Program outline

Day 1

8.45am

Registration and welcome

  • brief overview of short course objectives

9.15am

Introduction to the palliative care philosophy    

  • brief overview of the history of palliative care
  • discuss the key concepts of the palliative approach

10.15am

Morning tea 

10.30am

Communication around breaking bad news

  • practical resources
  • the importance of hope

11.30am

Advance care planning

  • what is ACP?
  • quality of life

1.00pm

Lunch 

1.45pm

When life is measured in days to weeks

  • when the goal of care is comfort
  • diagnosis of dying
  • strategies to help respond to a person’s individual needs

2.45pm

Psychosocial and spiritual aspects of care

  • spiritual care at end of life
  • sexuality
  • An afternoon tea break will be included in this session

4.45pm 

Recap and finish

Day 2

8.45am

Recap of previous day

9.00am

Identifying symptoms and planning care

  • impeccable assessment
  • impact on the quality of life

10.30am

Morning tea 

10.45am

Key principles in assessing and managing common symptoms

  • a systems approach

11.30pm

Palliative care emergencies 

12.15pm

Principles of pain assessment

  • total pain

1.00pm

Lunch

1.45pm 

The management of pain

  • use of opioids and co-analgesics

3.00pm

Afternoon tea

3.15pm

Loss, grief and bereavement

  • strategies for health professionals

4.00pm

Self-care and identifying burn out

4.30pm

Review, evaluation and finish