Palliative Care Education & Training

Palliative care is a comprehensive service for those diagnosed with a life threatening illness, when relief from symptoms or pain management may be required.

HammondCare offers palliative care education and training for both residential care and care provided at home.

Palliative care education for residential care staff

These sessions are provided within aged care homes which enables all interested staff to attend. The facilitator works closely with the educator/manager to arrange a suitable time to deliver the chosen education. The aim is for all staff to receive the same information to improve the quality of care delivered to aged care residents approaching the terminal phase.

Topics include how to apply palliative care in a residential care setting, palliative care considerations for residents with dementia, and pain management in palliative care.

More about palliative care education in residential care.

Palliative care education for home care staff

To be eligible to work with patients as part of the Palliative Care Home Support Program, care workers must have undertaken the Palliative Care Home Support Program Care Worker Training. This is training specific to the task which is provided by HammondCare. Four modules are presented over two days and care workers are provided with a training manual to take home for future reference.

More about the Palliative Care Home Support Program Care Worker Training.

The Palliative Care Bridge

The Palliative Care Bridge is a state-wide, palliative care online education program coordinated and delivered by the HammondCare Consortium, comprising HammondCare, Sacred Heart Health Service and Calvary Healthcare Sydney.

In 2013, the HammondCare Consortium received three years of funding from the NSW Ministry of Health to deliver the Palliative Care Home Support Program to seven NSW LHDs, as well as evaluation of the home support program and a state-wide palliative care education program. This website hosts relevant resources and innovative educational videos, delivered by experts in the palliative care field.

Visit the Palliative Care Bridge.


Palliative Care Blog Posts:

For people who are well, fatigue is often resolved by a good night’s sleep. But when you are ill, this may not be the case and you can wake in the morning feeling just as exhausted as you did when you went to bed. It can be very difficult to explain to those around you why you feel so tired despite rest and sleep. 

Breathlessness is the feeling of being out of breath. It is a common symptom in patients who have life-limiting illnesses. There are many different causes of breathlessness including cancer of the lung, anaemia, or illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.