Using PCC4U

PCC4U resources

  • Have been implemented in a range of undergraduate and entry-to-practice healthcare provider programs of learning
  • Can be used to support learning and teaching for students from any health profession
  • Support the development of healthcare providers who, within their scope of practice, are able to demonstrate the learning outcomes in the context of caring for a person with a life-limiting illness.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

PCC4U Toolkits

The PCC4U Toolkits 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).

Detailed information regarding the content and learning activities included in each of the PCC4U toolkits can be found in the following documents:

PCC4U EN Toolkit Curriculum Blueprint
PCC4U EN Toolkit Implementation Guide
PCC4U Care Worker Toolkit Curriculum Blueprint
PCC4U Care Worker Implementation Guide

Additional information is available in the Implementation Guides page.

Each Toolkit focuses on developing knowledge and skills in palliative care and includes case studies, video vignettes and current evidence-based information. The online resources include learning opportunities to:

  • Explore key practice concepts in palliative care
  • Understand the experience of individuals affected by life-limiting illness
  • Promote reflection and apply learning
  • Consider experiences of practice in the field
  • Develop an understanding of the roles of the multidisiplinary team
  • Work effectively within a team
  • Identify and review current evidence and information resources.

Key learning tools to achieve these outcomes, including a series of ‘thinking points’ and a separate video case study integrated throughout each module. The video case study provides an opportunity to meet an individual with a life-limiting illness at various points in their journey, reflect on the experience of individuals and apply concepts to practice.

Depending on desired learning outcomes, the modules can be used in whole or in part and delivered in a range of different formats including:

  • Blended learning
  • Workshop activities
  • Interactive tutorials
  • Self-directed learning
  • Lecture presentations
  • Group discussions
  • Team-based learning.

PCC4U Core Modules and Focus Topics

  • The PCC4U Core Modules and Focus Topics were developed following a range of consultative activities and evidence reviews. They are intended for inclusion in undergraduate and entry-to-practice programs in the higher education setting. The learning resources require adaptation for inclusion in learning programs in the VET sector. 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.

Key Documents

Principles for including palliative care in undergraduate curricula
PCC4U Core Modules and Focus Topics Curriculum Blueprint
PCC4U Core Modules and Focus Topics Implementation Guide
PCC4U EN Toolkit Curriculum Blueprint
PCC4U EN Toolkit Implementation Guide
PCC4U Care Worker Toolkit Curriculum Blueprint
PCC4U Care Worker Implementation Guide
PCC4U Simulation Implementation Guide [Coming soon]


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