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Palliative Care Training


Accredited and Holistic Palliative Care Programmes

Numerous courses are run by the Association of Palliative Care Centres (APCC) throughout the year and you can obtain more detailed information on all their offerings, course formats and start dates for 2024 on their website.

Courses include:
Bereavement and Support Course

Certificate Course in Palliative Nursing
Introduction to Palliative Care for Professionals
Introduction to Palliative Care Course for Caregivers
Occupational Certificate in Home-based Care
Psychosocial Palliative Care Course

Direct all enquiries to the APCC Training Team at


HospiVision online course


Dates:    26-28 February 2024
                  3-5 June 2024
                 9-11 September 2024

Course Cost:   R1050      University of Pretoria Certificate:   R900
Registration: Luvhengo Tshikovele   012 329 9492

This course, for all caregivers on the Bio-psychosocial-spiritual paradigm, is about caring for those patients diagnosed with life-limiting diseases. It covers relevant aspects of palliative care with a focus on spirituality and existential issues important in the end-of-life situation. A broad based approach is followed as it includes palliative care for those living on the streets, as well as what is of importance for those from other belief systems. As an interactive presentation style is followed, participants can bring their own personal experiences, thereby enriching the knowledge base of this course.  Visit HospiVision’s website for further information.

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Patch Academy Online Learning Platform

As the education arm of PatchSA (Palliative Care for Children South Africa), Patch Academy is an online learning platform offering 13 CPD accredited courses on key elements of paediatric palliative care. These self-directed e-learning courses allow you to study at your own pace and on your own schedule.
Developed by a group of South African specialists in the field and curated by content experts to be interactive and immersive, each course is accredited with General and/or Ethics Continuing Education Units by the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA). A certificate is earned on gaining 80% or more on completion of a final quiz.
The courses are targeted at all members of a multi-disciplinary team caring for children with serious, chronic, life-threatening and/or complex medical conditions and their families.

Two free courses are available.
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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.
This is a 10-week course presented on the UCT Vula online platform.
Each of the 8 modules requires 4-5 hours of teaching and learning. Each module is covered in a 1 week period. During this period there will also be an online discussion, facilitated by a palliative care clinician.

Next course dates: 8 April8 July and 30 September 2024


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.

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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: 2024 dates to be confirmed 


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.

4 – 8 March 2024