Since 2003, the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) has funded Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to undertake the national coordination and project management of the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) and implement the Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U). In May 2015, the Department announced funding for a new Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative (incorporating PEPA and PCC4U) to build on the achievements of these previous initiatives.
The project takes a collaborative, whole-of-workforce approach to building the capability and capacity of the health workforce to provide quality palliative care to all Australians. The specific activities for the Collaborative focus on three broad areas:
- Delivery of Education and Training programs: Delivery of programs for priority health care provider groups across primary, secondary and tertiary settings through the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA).
- Capacity Building: Strengthening integration of palliative care curriculum resources in all university courses that prepare health care providers for entry to practice, through the Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates Project (PCC4U).
- Collaboration with CareSearch (the national online palliative care knowledge network) to maintain an education hub built around the newly-developed Palliative Care Workforce Development Pathway.
About the Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates
The PCC4U project aims to improve the skill and confidence of the health workforce to work with people with palliative care needs by promoting the integration of palliative care training within all health undergraduate, entry-to-practice, and relevant post-graduate curricula.
The PCC4U learning resource contains four core modules and four focus topics, each covering aspects of palliative care. Within each module or topic you experience the story of someone facing a life-limiting illness. These stories help users to understand why palliative care is a vital part of the health care industry.
The modules are free to use and can be found on the PCC4U website at www.pcc4u.org.
There are sections designed specifically for health professionals and others for patients, for carers, and for family and friends. All material in the website has been checked for quality by Australian health professionals. Pages can be read online or they can be printed and read later. www.caresearch.com.au/Caresearch/Default.aspx