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Learning modules

How to use the learning modules

The learning modules will help you learn about the important principles and practice of palliative care within a health care discipline.

As a health care professional, palliative care will be a significant part of the role you play within the health care industry.

This resource makes learning about palliative care easy and straightforward. It contains resources and information to help you with your course.

Organisation of content

Main content

The main content is organised into 4 core learning modules:

1: Principles (Principles of palliative care)

2: Communication (Communicating with people with life-limiting illnesses)

3: Assessment (Palliative assessment & intervention)

4: Optimisation (Optimising function in palliative care)

It's recommended you work through the modules in order.

In addition focus topics aim to support learning about palliative care in specific populations and contexts.

The focus topics modules are:

1: A multidisciplinary approach in palliative care

2: Caring for Aboriginal people with life-limiting conditions

3: Caring for children with life-limiting conditions

4: Culture-centred care of people with life-limiting conditions

The modules & their activities

The modules are organised into sections, then into activities. It's recommended that you work through the sections in order, as the information contained in each section relies on information that comes before it.

Resources & other information

Access to additional learning resources is via the left hand menu .

You can find all other information at the top and bottom of the screen. This includes the disclaimer, copyright and privacy statements.

Page layout

Once you get into a module, you'll find the page organised into 3 columns:

  • The primary navigation for the modules: sits on the left-hand side of the page. Click on an item in the menu to see the content.
  • The content: sits in the middle of the page, containing the details and links to various resources mentioned in the text.
  • The features: such as the videos and the Thinking points sit on the right-hand side of the page. These highlight important information supporting the section you're in.

The videos

The videos are a vital part of this learning resource. They show various stages a person goes through when facing a life-limiting illness, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.

When in a module, you can view the sections of video by clicking on the links underneath the video icon on the right.

Throughout a module, you'll be asked to view a specific section of video as part of an activity, and then answer questions relating to the video.

There are also videos of health care professionals providing their advice on palliative care.

Thinking points

The right-hand column and the content contain links to 'Thinking points'. These are questions related to the content. Click on either the link in the right-hand column or in the text to see the questions. You can then answer the questions in your notebook at the top of the page.

You can copy Thinking point questions straight into your notebook using the 'Copy text to notebook' button at the top of the Thinking points window.


If you're working with a group of people to answer the Thinking points, you must:

  • ensure that what other people discuss remains private and confidential
  • always get the person's consent before discussing his or her personal issues outside the group
  • respect other people's feelings and thoughts
  • respect other people's right not to disclose their feelings and thoughts.


This resource provides you with 2 tools:

  1. Print tool: to print the page you're on.
  2. Your notebook: to record your notes and print them out. Note: Your notes will only be available until you close your browser. The website will NOT keep a copy of your notes.

To save your notes, you can:

  • hardcopy – click on the print icon, print them out and keep them with you
  • electronic copy - copy and paste them into a Word document and save them.

Writable Workbook

Users can complete the thinking points within the PCC4U Workbook, which is a writable pdf document. The pdf will need to be downloaded and saved on your computer or mobile device and opened with Adobe Reader.

Records of Participation

After completing a PCC4U learning module, the user can download and complete a Record of Participation. It is the responsibility of the individual user to maintain a record of evidence to support the hours of learning claimed.

The pdf writable document can be found on the home page of each module. The pdf will need to be downloaded and saved on your computer or mobile device and opened with Adobe Reader.

Opening documents

This learning resource contains documents saved in Adobe Acrobat PDF. You can view and / or print these as you need them.

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

To view and / or print documents saved in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, download Adobe Acrobat Reader.