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Palliative Care (1 year)

Palliative and supportive services at Flinders University provides distance courses that give professionals from any health discipline the opportunity to deepen the knowledge base on which their practice is grounded.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $37,500
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
CRICOS code: 051998D
Delivery mode: On campus/ External

The courses provide:

  • leading edge content for students across the world
  • an interdisciplinary team approach, appreciating diverse professional perspectives
  • relevance to your immediate and potential future professional needs
  • enjoyable, successful learning through well structured topics
  • a flexible delivery mode to match your hectic work and life schedules

What you will study

Masters is designed to provide you with flexibility while aiming to deepen and extend the knowledge and skills required for practice in palliative care. It can be taken by coursework and a critical inquiry or research project. Topics cover areas such as communication at the end of life; oncology for palliative care; issues in the care of the spirit in palliative care; palliative care in aged care settings; palliative clinical management; suffering, futility and ethics in palliative care; understanding cancer; and design and ethics in research with vulnerable populations. Masters may include a topic in independent inquiry for evidence-based practice.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


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.

Potential employers include:

  • hospitals
  • hospices
  • nursing homes
  • community care.