1h 15m

Nutrition and Hydration in Palliative Care

This Course uses a holistic framework to explore the reasons why appropriate nutrition and hydration in palliative care is important. The broad nutritional needs of the person approaching end of life are addressed, and practical suggestions for how health professionals can accurately assess and manage these needs are provided.

18 Jul 2016

Learning Outcomes


State the major tenet of palliative care and how this relates to nutrition and hydration


Describe the assessment of a person for nutrition and hydration requirements, clearly differentiating between malnutrition and dehydration, and hunger and thirst


Describe practical ways to ensure appropriate and timely nutrition and hydration are administered to a person at the end of life



Very informative. -- 06 Apr 2018
Very good presentation that reflects on the basics and what is important -- 28 Mar 2018
Presentation was informative -- 21 Mar 2018
I found the presentation very informative. The presente was engaging. -- 19 Mar 2018
very informative -- 09 Mar 2018
Very important information abot dying person nutritional and fluid intake -- 19 Feb 2018
Although I live in the United States and am not a nurse, the course gave me some valid insight into a holistic approach to End of Life nutrition for my studies in Clinical Nutrition. -- 06 Feb 2018
good information provided in a relevent way however the clipping in audio was distracting -- 05 Feb 2018
Great for reinforcing my knowledge delivering Palliative Care. -- 28 Jan 2018
Well presented very informative -- 28 Jan 2018
Well instructed and informative -- 25 Jan 2018
A very informative and engaging resource. -- 22 Jan 2018
Interesting as so many people now receive palliative care in the home, with carers not knowing how to manage this issue. -- 04 Jan 2018
Well presented. -- 23 Dec 2017

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • The role of nutrition in palliative care
  • Hydration and nutritional assessment
  • Ethical dilemmas in palliative care
  • Signs and symptoms of imminent death

Target audience

All healthcare professionals, especially those working in the following settings:

  • Palliative care
  • Aged care
  • Community care; and
  • Acute care.


Reiterate the nutritional and hydration needs of people receiving palliative care, with awareness that the major tenet of palliative care is the comfort of the individual. Further, this VLA will clarify the role of the healthcare professional in relation to the provision of nutrition and hydration as the person nears death.


A person requiring palliative care often presents with fragility and general weakness. During assessment, they may describe difficulties with their appetite, diet, and fluid intake. Readily observable changes in their appearance might also be evident. In order to address the tenet of comfort for the individual, and to subsequently meet the individual’s daily comfort needs, it is critical that healthcare professionals accurately assess and manage these changes. Decisions in relation to the nutritional and hydration needs of a person can then be made together with the person approaching end of life, their caregiver and other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

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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