About Palliative Care Online Training

Whether you work in aged care, acute or primary care, chances are you'll find yourself at some stage caring for someone with a terminal illness.

Every person's needs are unique and sorting your way through the emotional and social stresses faced by a dying person and their family can be difficult.

The training on this portal has been developed to help health professionals and others who provide palliative care to aged persons in the community. The modules and supporting resources will help you develop your skills and confidence, so that both you and the next person you care for at the end of their life will benefit.


What does the portal cover?

Modules 1-4
Based on the 'Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting,'(COMPAC) these modules have been developed to help you to:

  • Reflect on the needs of people and their families as they approach the end of life
  • Build your screening and assessment skills
  • Develop confidence in having end of life conversations, especially around Advance Care Planning
  • Invest in your own self‑care and build resilience
  • Connect you to a wider network of experts who can support and assist you.

Modules 5 and 6

Developed in response to feedback from participants who completed the COMPAC Modules, these Skills Modules will help you to:

  • Build confidence in your pain assessment skills
  • Use validated pain assessment tools appropriately 
  • Improve your skills using multiple approaches to pain management
  • Clearly identify signs that a client is approaching the end of life phase
  • Use a range of strategies to manage client comfort and care during this phase
  • Provide support to carers and family members before, during and after the death of a loved one.

Supporting Resources
An online knowledge base providing you with a broad range of useful learning resources to expand your knowledge:

  • General information and useful apps
  • Information on specific diseases and conditions
  • Resources to support the Pain Management Module
  • Resources to support the Recognising Deteriorating Clients Module
  • A glossary of terms used
  • References for learning materials 


Who developed the content?
The program has been developed by a consortium of experts with funding from the Department of Health. Final material developed by the consortium was peer reviewed by key subject matter experts Australia wide to refine content and delivery.


How long does it take to complete?
The four COMPAC Modules will take a total of 6 - 8 hours to complete.
The two Skills Modules should take a total of 7-9 hours to complete.


What do I need to do to prepare for this training?
You won't need to do any pre-reading or preparation to complete this training. Provided you can access a web-enabled (online) computer, everything you need will be provided on the online portal.


How much will it cost?
The training is funded by the Department of Health, so best of all - it's free!


Nationally Recognised training outcomes

These modules were mapped against 4 units of competency in the nationally recognised Australian Qualifications Framework, and have now become superseded and can no longer be issued by an RTO. Updating mapping will be uploaded to this portal soon.

The national training package CHC08, which contains the 2 current palliative care skill sets is due for replacement from July 2015. These modules will be mapped against the new Palliative Care Skill Sets of the new national training package. The mapping document is expected to be available from January 2016.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points
You may accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. You will be provided with a certificate of completion when you finish the modules for you to apply to your professional body for CPD recognition. 



Last modified: Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 3:28 PM