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The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care from Flinders University aims to provide an opportunity for individuals from any professional background who are working in health related areas to deepen their knowledge base in palliative care within a global context.

At the completion of this course, students will have:

  • developed practice integrated learning, incorporating critical reflection and self evaluation of their own professional practice including interdisciplinary assessment, clinical decision making and management
  • critically appraised palliative care theory, research and professional literature
  • identified and described the issues related to the person with the life-limiting illness, taking into account the physical, physiological, social and spiritual dimensions of care specific to the needs of individuals, their families and those involved in their care
  • recognised their own learning style and identified goals and strategies to foster life -long learning skills.


Palliative and end-of-life care are developing at local and national levels within multiple health care settings. Organisations require practitioners with the specialist skills and attitudes provided by this course, whether experienced practitioners or graduates with basic palliative care skills. Graduates can find careers in areas ranging from rural and remote, acute, community, acute hospitals and aged care settings, to palliative care units and hospice care.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Communication at the End of Life
  • Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Oncology for Palliative Care
  • Issues in Care of the Spirit in Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care in Aged Care Settings
  • Palliative Clinical Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    18 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and not less than one year professional experience in the health sector or related field. However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

CRICOS: 072249A

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17100 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17100 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
  • National

    12240 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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National: AUD 4,596 (Commonwealth supported)

Living costs for Adelaide

  • 1328 - 2480 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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