The PCC4U project aims to promote and sustain the inclusion of the principles and practice of palliative care in all healthcare training. It supports the inclusion of palliative care in undergraduate and entry-to-practice programs through provision of:
- A suite of evidence-based student and facilitator learning resources
- Capacity building and professional development activities.
The PCC4U project learning resources are all freely available via this website and our Learning Management System, Palliative Care Education (user registration required).
The project team are available to assist with any aspect of using the learning materials. To access support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The PCC4U learning resources were developed following a range of consultative activities and evidence reviews. The resources are subject to regular review and update.
The PCC4U learning resources support the development of knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Effective communication in the context of an individual’s responses to loss and grief, existential challenges, uncertainty and changing goals of care
- Appreciation of and respect for the diverse human and clinical responses of each individual throughout their illness trajectory
- Understanding of principles for assessment and management of clinical and supportive care needs
- The capacity for reflection and self evaluation of one’s professional and personal experiences and their cumulative impact on the self and others.
This publication provides a framework and guiding principles for curriculum design, implementation and evaluation in relation to palliative care for undergraduates and entry-to-practice health professional students.
- Graduate capabilities in palliative care
- Benchmarks for inclusion of the palliative approach in undergraduate curricula
- Teaching, learning and assessment strategies.
PCC4U Core Modules and Focus Topics
The PCC4U Core Modules and Focus Topics were developed following a range of consultative activities and evidence reviews. The resources are subject to regular review and update in response to emerging priorities and evidence in palliative care. The version of learning resources available on this site were updated in 2020. For a comparison between the existing and updated resources, access our ‘About 2020 PCC4U website’ page.
The PCC4U Toolkits – Enrolled Nurse and Care Worker have been developed to support the inclusion of palliative care within training packages preparing healthcare team members within the Vocational Education and Training sector. The Toolkits can be accessed via the Palliative Care Education Learning Management System (LMS).
The resources are designed for use by:
- Healthcare students learning about the care of people affected by life-limiting illnesses
- Healthcare workers undertaking continuing professional development
- Academics, clinical educators and healthcare providers providing education and training in the care of people affected by life-limiting illnesses
- Professional bodies and policy planners.
PCC4U Core Modules and Focus Topics are primarily designed for use by undergraduate and entry to practice healthcare students across all healthcare professions. They can also be used to support clinical practice in specialist and non specialist palliative care settings and to support interprofessional practice initiatives across the healthcare professions.
PCC4U Toolkits – Enrolled Nurse Toolkit and Care Worker Toolkit have been developed to support inclusion of palliative care within training packages preparing healthcare team members within the Vocational Education and Training sector. The Toolkits can be accessed via the Palliative Care Education Learning Management System.
The PCC4U resources can be accessed, at no cost:
- though this website
- by contacting the PCC4U project team and asking for a copy (or copies) of the resources to be sent.
Yes – profession-specific exemplars of incorporating the learning resources and video vignettes into the curriculum are available on the website via the teaching and learning sections.
A range of opportunities are freely available as part of the PCC4U project. These include:
- tailored workshops and seminars on ‘Promoting quality learning and teaching in palliative care education’
- site visits to introduce the project and resources to the teaching team
- assistance with customising the resources to suit your curriculum and meet your teaching and learning needs
- assistance with curriculum mapping to strengthen the inclusion of palliative care
The most important criteria for using the resources is that the Australian Government Department of Health is acknowledged as the funding body for the PCC4U project. This means that any use of the PCC4U resources must comply with the copyright requirements as detailed in the Copyright page on this site.