Introduction to Palliative Care

This short course course will equip healthcare and counselling professionals to assess and manage patients living with life-threatening and life-limiting illness, to improve their quality of life and to support their families in providing care at home.

The course requires 35 hours of self-directed study over a period of 16 weeks plus one 5 hour face-to-face session at a local hospice. The course is offered by the Division of Family Medicine and is presented in conjunction with Hospice Palliative Care Association on the University of Cape Town’s Vula e-learning platform.

Next course dates: 2 March, 11 May, 10 August 2020

Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine

Are you caring for patients with serious illness? Do you require the core competencies to improve their quality of life?

This is a one year part-time course offered by the Division of Family Medicine, UCT. There are two contact sessions of 1 week each; online learning between contact sessions.

Applications are open to all Health Care Professionals working with patients with life limiting illnesses. This includes doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, clergy: any Undergraduate degree relevant to Palliative Care.

Short Course in Palliative Medicine

The discipline of Palliative Care focusses on the management of patients with life-limiting conditions including the terminal phase of the illness and management of the dying patient and their families. It deals with ensuring quality of life and well-being and ensuring dignity in death. Palliative care is a process that deals with a continuum of care from diagnosis onw​ards and this journey of the patient and the family of that patient mainly takes place in the community where the family practitioner is the cornerstone of co-ordinating continuous care as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

This course aims to equip the family practitioner for this critical role by enhancing the knowledge and skills of the family practitioner in the care of the patient with life-limiting disease and aging. 

Duration: 12 weeks

Starting date:July 27,2020 End date:October 18, 2020