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.

  • 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 upon 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.
  • Palliative care 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 within the Bachelor of Nursing Science. Each student had access to a CD, which they use during tutorials.
  • Incorporated into the 2nd year unit Pathophysiology and Nursing Implications: Students have a 2 hour session every 2 weeks to go through each module from the PCC4U CD over an 8 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 MBBS course Ageing and Endings 1 andAgeing 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 online independent study, to teach symptom assessment during third year in a large group format (maximum of 50 students) and optimisation during fourth year through online independent study.
  • Use of the modules to assist fourth year physiotherapy students preparing a seminar on palliative care. A two hour tutorial on palliative care in the pharmacy context based upon and using two of the video vignettes.
  • Vignettes used within a lecture and a tutorial session for the first year 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.