1h 5m
Karen Conte
14 Mar 2017

Palliative Care in Aged Care

This Course identifies that with the expansion of palliative care in the community, there is a potential gap in the workforce of clinicians and carers that can provide competent quality palliative care services. Primary healthcare providers need to know how to provide advance care planning to people both in the community and within residential aged care facilities.


Apply the concept of advance care planning (ACP) to clinical situations so as to effectively recognise when it is appropriate to commence an ACP conversation


Implement a palliative approach to care in order to improve the quality of life of care recipients


Identify when a care recipient is in the final stages of life in order to ensure the person receives a peaceful and dignified death



06 Jul 2018
A caring ang compassionate VLA. Presented with obvious empathy and understanding of a difficult subject.
01 Jun 2018
thank you
31 May 2018
Very interesting, informative, and enjoyable video learning
28 May 2018
The educator is knowledgeable and engaging. I would recommend this education to other health professionals.
28 May 2018
Good learning material. Thanks.
27 May 2018
Very well explained
27 May 2018
This was a good educational topic ,it contained all the information that l needed
27 May 2018
24 May 2018
24 May 2018
Very helpful!
23 May 2018
Great, easy to follow and understand
21 May 2018
This is a very clear and well presented talk that underlines the end for communication in palliative and end of life care. It also has some good resources.
20 May 2018
18 May 2018
Whilst i had a broad understanding of Palliative Care in Aged Care, i now have strategies for initiating the conversation with care recipient's & their family about Advanced Care Planning
13 May 2018
very useful resource. thank you.
12 May 2018
07 May 2018
Good session
04 May 2018
A very good seminar
02 May 2018
Great resource to revisit, to effectively recognise when to commence advance care planning, initiate pall care & when end-of-life care becomes apparent.
30 Apr 2018
12 Apr 2018
Great video
04 Apr 2018
01 Mar 2018
this is a very good basic place to bvegin with opening up with the advanced care planning to empower the patient, family and the care team.
17 Feb 2018
Very useful, effective online training
07 Feb 2018
This is a good refresher resource and hte new format is quite good.
04 Feb 2018
18 Jan 2018
very informative
30 Dec 2017
good and too the point. clear on understandable with links to additional resources
20 Dec 2017
I found the topic interesting, as i have an interest in palliative care. I realise as a new enrolled nurse you need to gain as much knowledge as possible to give the very best care. This resource was made simple to understand the processes of the module.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Advance care planning
  • Advance Care Directives (ACDs)
  • When and how to start the conversation
  • The palliative approach
  • Recognising the dying process
  • Using an end of life care plan

Target audience

All staff working in the aged care sector, both in the community and in residential aged care facilities. It is suitable as an introduction to the topic for nurses and to ensure that personal care staff have an awareness of its importance.


Enable important conversations about advance care planning and palliative care to take place between care recipients, family members and health professionals, in order to enhance provision of quality palliative care and the palliative approach.


The Australian Government Aged Care Reforms provide support for older Australians to stay in their own homes for as long as possible by utilising home care packages. This is an important opportunity for staff providing home care to begin a conversation around advance care planning while the care recipient is able to make decisions for themselves. If people do require care in a residential aged care facility (RACF), they will be entering at a later stage in their life, be more unwell, often with advanced dementia, and they will benefit from a palliative approach to their care. It is imperative that aged care staff see palliative care as a core skill to ensure residents experience a peaceful and dignified death. All patients with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers will require support and care from health professionals who understand and are skilled in the palliative approach to care. Improvements in palliative care will become more challenging as the population ages and the palliative care workforce ages with it. There will not be enough specialist palliative care services to meet the need, and it is essential that primary care is primed to take an increasing share of the palliative care burden.

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.