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Palliative Care Training

Palliative Care Training

Face to Face Introduction to Palliative Care

The course aims to give a basic overview of palliative care and orientate and introduce health care providers to palliative care processes and principles within the WCDOH.

Target group: Medical Officers, Registered Professional Nurses, Clinical Nurse Practitioners and social and allied workers.

A five-day interactive contact session with theoretical and practical components using adult learning principles.

All correspondence to be directed to: Amanda Sables (E) amanda@hpca.co.za
Coordinator: Leonore Haley

Palliative Care Training

Online Introduction to Palliative Care

The course aims to give a basic overview of palliative care and orientate and introduce health care providers to palliative care processes and principles within the WCDOH.

Target group: Medical Officers, Registered Professional Nurses, Clinical Nurse Practitioners and social and allied workers.

A 10 week online interactive experience, requiring approximately 2 hours of reading per week and a 90-minute virtual Zoom meeting once per week. The course contains theoretical and practical application components using adult learning principles.

All correspondence to be directed to: Amanda Sables (E) amanda@hpca.co.za
Course Coordinator: Fiona Shraga

Palliative Care Training

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 has been developed as an e-learning course and will be presented by the Hospice Palliative Care Association and the University of Cape Town on the UCT Vula platform.

Each of the 8 modules requires 5 hours of teaching and learning. Each module is covered in a 2 week period. Candidates will complete the course within 4 month period (16 weeks).

Next course dates: 16 May 2021, 18 July 2021

Palliative Care Training

Palliative Care Home Training

Online Training for Health professionals, caregivers and family members looking after loved ones at home.


With the COVID-19 Pandemic restricting usual access to hospital/clinic care, came the realization that patients are needing increased Palliative Care Homecare support in the community. Guidelines were developed to assist Health Professionals, primary caregivers and family members, when needing to manage patients in the home environment. Now we are offering FREE training on the guidelines developed!

February to April 2021

Palliative Care Training

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.

Palliative Care Training

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: 2021 dates to be confirmed 

Palliative Care Training

A palliative approach for Health Care Professionals

The aim is to introduce health care professionals to principles of palliative care, management of pain and common symptoms, managing psychosocial and spiritual. 

  • One week interactive sessions
  • One week practical component to be done in a Palliative Care Unit
  • A portfolio must be submitted 6 months after completing the course.

This course is available online.

Palliative Care Training

PATCH Academy

What is Patch Academy?

Patch Academy is an online training platform created as an educational resource for all members of the multidisciplinary team providing care to babies, toddlers, children and young adults with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses and conditions and to their families. Patch Academy provides online learning and certificate courses on the key elements of paediatric palliative care.

Who is eligible to take a Patch Academy Course?

People who take our courses include but are not limited to paediatricians, doctors, nurses, midwives, social workers, pastors and other spiritual leaders, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, art and music therapists. However, the certificate courses are open to anyone with a desire to know more about the practice and delivery of neonatal, perinatal and children’s palliative care. No previous qualification is required.

Why choose a Patch Academy online course?

Patch Academy courses are suited for individual learning and provide stimulating and multi-media content and information for those seeking an interactive and immersive learning experience. Short quizzes, activities, videos and links to relevant research and articles can be found throughout the courses, all of which have been designed to prevent a passive learning experience.

Those undertaking our courses have access to our course coordinator who is just an email away and who will respond to queries and provide assistance as soon as possible.

The process to apply for CPD accreditation for each of the courses has been initiated and these will be added as soon as they have been issued.

 The curriculum

PatchSA cooperated with Bettercare to publish the book Palliative Care for Children: A guide for improving the quality of life of patients and their familiesin 2020. Bettercare is a trusted brand whose books are used widely in both private and government hospitals and institutions. They offer online learning and encourage the forming of study groups to undertake their courses.

This course is available online.

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