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Palliative Care Education

Banksia Palliative Care (Banksia) provides high quality palliative care education via our Learning Centre Team. Through our education sessions, we empower clinicians, and members of the community with specific, specialist palliative care knowledge.  We believe that the more health professionals with capacity in this vital area, the more people who will receive the personalised care and treatment that will enable them to have dignity in death, whatever that looks like for that individual.

Our education is facilitated by highly trained and experienced Educators, with qualifications and expertise in all areas of palliative care.


Banksia works closely with a variety of organisations across Victoria to deliver vital education, including:

  • Residential Aged Care Facilities and DHHS Supported Residential Services,
  • Private and public health services,
  • Councils,
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse community groups,
  • Regional Palliative Care Consortiums.

2024 Dates

Week 1 – Introduction to Palliative Care

  • Philosophy of Palliative Care and a Palliative Approach
  • Effective Communication


Week 2 – Importance of psychosocial support

  • Anticipatory Grief
  • Psychosocial support for patients and their families and carers
  • Spiritual Care
  • Self-care workplace support strategies

Week 3 – Pain Management

  • Pain Assessment
  • Pain management – non-opioid analgesics and adjuvants
  • Pain management – opioid analgesics

Week 4 – End of Life

  • Death and dying from a palliative care perspective
  • Advance Care Planning

Week 5 – Opioid conversions and syringe drivers

  • Opioid conversions
  • Introduction to continuous subcutaneous infusions

Week 6 – Symptom Management (Part 1)

  • Bowel management
  • Assessment and management of nausea and vomiting
  • Complimentary therapies

Week 7 – Symptom Management (Part 2)

  • Delirium
  • Terminal restlessness
  • Dysponea
  • Insomnia and fatigue

Week 8 – Palliative Care Emergencies, Treatment and Tools

  • Palliative care emergencies
  • Introduction to palliative chemotherapy
  • Introduction to palliative radiotherapy
  • Palliative care assessment tools