Nausea and Vomiting in Palliative Care

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.

06 Dec 2016

Learning Outcomes


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



Good information well presented -- 20 Apr 2018
Excellent VLA. -- 09 Apr 2018
Great -- 09 Apr 2018
excellent -- 06 Apr 2018
A vaulable resource to refresh on caring for pallative care patient with symptom control. -- 03 Apr 2018
Informative, interesting and easy to understand. A good overview. -- 20 Feb 2018
The information learned was helpful in my learning as a Clinical Nutrition Specialist candidate. -- 07 Feb 2018
very informative on the nausea and vomiting in palliative care -- 28 Jan 2018
Another great resource from John. Great for a quick overview and refresher of n and V within the pall care setting. -- 24 Jan 2018
I found this resource very informative, as a new graduate of nursing. -- 20 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. -- 11 Dec 2017

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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