Palliative care

We are all living longer. And as the number of elderly patients increases, the need for effective and ethical palliative care is becoming increasingly important.

Monash is currently one of the only universities in Australia providing postgraduate education in palliative care specifically for pharmacists. Offered via distance education the unit is accessible to students across Australia.

Palliative care is an approach that looks at the physical, psychosocial and spiritual wellbeing of the patient and their family when faced with a terminal illness. While it affirms life, it regards dying as a normal process and aims to provide a support system that allows the patient to live as actively as possible until death.

The complex nature of palliative care means it is best delivered by a multi-disciplinary team, and the pharmacist has an important role to play in this team – conducting medication reviews, identifying drug-related problems and making recommendations to optimise cost-effectiveness, patient outcomes and quality use of medicines.

About PGC5118 Palliative care

What will I study: This unit will focus on the pharmacist’s role in management of pain and other common symptoms associated with patients requiring palliative care. When new symptoms develop, or when the patient’s condition changes, knowing how to adjust medication appropriately and source uncommon medicines is an important part of providing optimal care. This unit also explores principles and ethical issues underpinning palliative care, access to palliative care medications as well as delivery of palliative care in Australia. 

Read the full unit outline

How will I study: This unit is delivered via online distance education as an elective unit in the Master of Clinical Pharmacy. Enrolment into the unit can also be via single unit enrolment. 

When can I enrol: Semester one (off-campus)

Unit Coordinator: Laura Dean

How do I apply: You apply directly to the faculty to study a single unit or enrol in the Master of Clinical Pharmacy.