The PGCertPC develops health practitioner’s skills in palliative care and introduces palliative care as a research field. Students gain the knowledge and understanding needed to provide a holistic approach to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the needs of patients, family and whānau living with a life-limiting condition.
Palliative care has emerged as a speciality that incorporates inter-professional healthcare provision for people who are living with and dying from active, progressive diseases or conditions that are not responsive to curative treatment. Palliative care embraces the physical, social, emotional and spiritual elements of well being (tinana, whānau, hinengaro and wairua) and embraces a person’s quality of life while they are dying. This field involves people throughout the life span from children through to the elderly and continues on to support the bereaved family/whānau.
The Certificate is made up of the following two courses:
These two palliative care papers support the entry to speciality practice knowledge in palliative care, offering an holistic approach to caring for the person, family and whānau living with a life limiting illness; the practice of palliative care (therapeutic interventions and treatment modalities); understanding and caring for self, and others; and creating and maintaining a culture of excellence. These papers are grounded in clinical practice and support the beginning of your post graduate study.