Education and training in palliative care

Cairns, Will & Yates, Patsy (2003) Education and training in palliative care. Medical Journal of Australia, 179, S26-S28.

PDF (55kB)


The growing demand for palliative care means that health professionals are expected to provide palliative care as a core part of their practice.

Training in the practice of palliative care is a recent addition to undergraduate and postgraduate medical and other healthcare curricula, and several initiatives are under way to promote palliative care principles and practice in healthcare training.

The challenge that we all face is how to develop these skills in the face of multiple demands on our time.

Strategies for improving palliative care education include a national undergraduate curriculum for palliative care, expanded training opportunities for generalist practitioners, and further recognition for the role of practitioners of specialist palliative care and associated curriculum development.

In the 21st century, providing palliative care is an obligatory component of health services. As a community, we expect that, when prolongation of life is neither possible nor appropriate, effective care and support will still be available as palliative care. Virtually all health workers who come into contact with patients require some knowledge of both the unique needs of people facing death, and their own responses to these needs. The extent of this knowledge ranges from simple awareness of the availability of palliative care through to the highly specialised skills required for referral practice. Here we discuss the educational and training needs of medical, nursing or allied health professionals who provide primary care with a palliative approach, or specialist palliative care services.

Impact and interest:

15 citations in Scopus
9 citations in Web of Science®
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

330 since deposited on 27 Aug 2007
4 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 3824
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional URLs:
Keywords: Palliative care, education, undergraduate, continuing professional development (CPD)
ISSN: 0025-729X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified (111299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Copyright Statement: Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.
Deposited On: 27 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page