Nausea and Vomiting in Palliative Care

55m of CPD
John Rosenberg
06 Dec 2016

Nausea and vomiting are symptoms that are commonly experienced by patients with advanced disease. This Course explores why this is the case and focuses on strategies to manage nausea and vomiting and maintain comfort of the individual.


Describe the pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting


Explain how a comprehensive assessment is undertaken of nausea and vomiting


Describe the interventions for reducing nausea and vomiting


John Rosenberg

John Rosenberg is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in community-based palliative care. He has worked as an educator and researcher in care of people at the end of life. John was responsible for the development of the postgraduate Chronic Disease Management and Palliative Care suite of courses at the University of Queensland School of Nursing and Midwifery. He is a co-author of the Framework of Competency Standards for Specialist Palliative Care Nursing Practice. John is the immediate past President of Palliative Care Nurses Australia Inc., the peak body for nurses in Australia caring for people at the end of life. He was the inaugural Director of the Calvary Centre for Palliative Care Research in Canberra with the Australian Catholic University. John currently works as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Research Excellence in End of Life Care at Queensland University of Technology.


Susan Langham06 Oct 2018
Very relevant to my area of nursing. Very clear and well presented.

Esther Zoe Nunn02 Sep 2018
Informative thankyou

Elizabeth Burton14 Jun 2018
An interesting presentation. Clear and relevant to practise.

joy croucher02 Jun 2018
Very informative CHEERS

Rozz Parsons30 May 2018

Lynne Richardson-Cooper27 May 2018
Very enjoyable, informative & interesting

yan zhang25 May 2018

alison Laird24 May 2018
Alot of information and very easy to listen to.

Very helpful

rosemary britt6217 May 2018
Very well presented VLA

Annette richards17 May 2018
Educational and informative. Excellent reflection of evidence based practices.

Kim Buckpitt20 Apr 2018
Good information well presented

Kate Tennant09 Apr 2018
Excellent VLA.

Jessica Khan09 Apr 2018

alisdair alisdair06 Apr 2018

Matthew Williamson03 Apr 2018
A vaulable resource to refresh on caring for pallative care patient with symptom control.

Carmel Spano20 Feb 2018
Informative, interesting and easy to understand. A good overview.

Jill Raduziner07 Feb 2018
The information learned was helpful in my learning as a Clinical Nutrition Specialist candidate.

Susan thompson28 Jan 2018
very informative on the nausea and vomiting in palliative care

Haylee Quinn24 Jan 2018
Another great resource from John. Great for a quick overview and refresher of n and V within the pall care setting.

Denise simpson20 Dec 2017
I found this resource very informative, as a new graduate of nursing.

Joanne Gabbert11 Dec 2017
Clearly explained the various causes of nausea and vomiting in palliative care then systematically indicated the rational behind both pharmaceutical and other therapies that may be used to alleviate symptoms.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting
  • Assessment of nausea and vomiting
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to reduce nausea and vomiting

Target audience

All healthcare professionals, particularly nurses working in palliative care, aged care, and acute and community care settings.


Consider the application of best available evidence and expert opinion to clinical practice for the management of nausea and vomiting in palliative care settings.


Nausea and vomiting are distressing experiences for people with a variety of advanced and progressive illnesses. Frequently there can be acute bursts of nausea and vomiting, but they are often chronic, extending for long periods of time, particularly in advanced illnesses. Nausea and vomiting impact on a person’s day-to-day activities and on their quality of life, and can lead to additional health problems such as dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and/or malnutrition, adding to a person’s already traumatic experience. Given the tenet of palliative care is the comfort of the individual, healthcare professionals are in a unique position to assist in alleviating and/or providing symptomatic relief of nausea and vomiting.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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