PCC4U in practice

At December 2015, almost three quarters of undergraduate and entry-to-practice health courses nationally (n=205) are either using the PCC4U resources or are reviewing the resources and / or the palliative care content of their curriculum.

Some examples of how PCC4U learning resources are used in practice include:

  • Palliative care content is integrated within a four-year Physiotherapy program and adapted to meet student needs. Students watch Module 4: Bob’s story and reflect on the impact of a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease within a Neurological Interventions unit. Within the Physiotherapy in Ageing unit, students reflect upon 79-year-old Betty who has Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease in Topic 1: Betty’s story. The principles of palliative care communication are explored through a reflection upon Module 2: Michelle’s story using face-to-face lecture and online learning.  Access the poster describing the blended leaning approach used.
  • In a Bachelor of Nursing Science program, palliative care has been incorporated into a first year subject on communication and interpersonal skills in nursing practice, a second year subject on legal and ethical decision making in nursing, and a third year subject on community-based nursing. Each student had access to a CD, which they use during tutorials.
  • Incorporated into a second year Bachelor of Nursing unit Pathophysiology and Nursing Implications: Students have a two-hour session every two weeks to go through each module from the PCC4U CD over an eight week block. The final week is an intensive palliative care presentation. Assessment includes a case presentation where students apply a pathophysiology outlook using one of the vignettes.
  • Vignettes embedded into the Bachelor of Medicine – Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course Ageing and Endings 1 and Ageing and Endings 2, focusing on clinical placements. Students receive CDs for self-directed learning and preparation for tutorial discussion.
  • Modules used in MBBS program to introduce palliative care and teach communication skills to second-year students in groups, and in independent online study, to teach symptom assessment during third-year in a large group format (maximum of 50 students), and optimisation during fourth-year through independent online study.
  • Use of the modules to assist fourth year physiotherapy students to prepare a seminar on palliative care. A two hour tutorial on palliative care in the pharmacy context based on two of the video vignettes.
  • Vignettes used within a lecture and a tutorial session for the first-year Bachelor of Nursing unit Promoting Health Across the Lifespan.
  • A video vignette uploaded into Blackboard™ and used as the basis of a reflective activity in occupational therapy.
  • An extra-curricular, multidisciplinary course (students from nursing, paramedicine, physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and social work) – four tutorials over four weeks utilising the learning modules.