The Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U)

The Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U) project aims to promote and sustain the inclusion of the principles and practice of palliative care in all health care training. It supports the inclusion of palliative care through the provision of a suite of evidence-based student and facilitator learning resources and capacity building and professional development activities.

PCC4U resources have been implemented in a range of undergraduate and entry to practicehealth professional courses.  They can be used to support learning and teaching for students from any health discipline and support the development of graduates in the health professions who, within the scope of practice of their profession, are able to demonstrate the graduate capabilities in the context of caring for a person with a life limiting illness.

PCC4U learning resources are a series of student-centred learning modules and focus topics and are available online and on CD. The modules focus on developing graduate capabilities in palliative care and include a case study, video vignettes and current references.

The four modules are:

  •                         Principles of palliative care
  •                         Communicating with people who have a life-limiting illness
  •                         Clinical assessment and intervention in palliative care
  •                         Optimising function in palliative care.

The focus topics aim to support the care of specific populations with life-limiting illness and the provision of palliative care in a variety of contexts. They include a topic Caring for Aboriginal people with life-limiting illnesses. All module and topic content can be accessed at

Each module and topic includes a range of active learning activities designed to develop one or more of the graduate capabilities for health professionals in palliative care. These learning activities provide opportunities to:

  •                         explore key practice concepts relevant to the capability
  •                         understand the experience of individuals living with a life limiting condition
  •                         promote critical reflection and apply learning
  •                         consider expert’s opinions and experiences of practice in the field
  •                         identify and review current evidence and information resources.

Each module and topic includes key learning tools to achieve these outcomes, including a series of ‘thinking points’ and a separate video case scenario integrated throughout the module. The video case scenario provides an opportunity to meet an individual with a life limiting condition 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: workshop activities, lecture presentations, interactive tutorials, group discussions and self directed learning.

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