Online Education

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA)

ACPA aims to ensure people’s choices about their end-of-life care are respected and has an extensive range of online training courses specifically designed to support aged care workers, health professionals and the general public learn more about advance care planning.

Register for the free online courses and more information about the courses. You can choose which modules you want to complete and do these at your own pace. Topics covered include:

  • Module (1) One: Advance Care Planning Introduction
  • Module (2) Two: Advance Care Planning Conversations
  • Module (3) Three: Advance Care Planning Decision-Making - The Legal Implications
  • Module (4) Four: Advance Care Planning Implementation
  • Module (5) Five: Advance Care Planning in the Primary Care Setting
  • Module (6) Six: Advance Care Planning and Dementia
  • Module (7) Seven: Advance Care Planning in Aged Care
  • Module (8) Eight Advance Care Planning and Cultural Diversity
  • Module (9) Advanced communication skills and advance care planning (coming soon)

Palliative Care

Palliative Care Online Training

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) has developed an online training program to assist health professionals who provide palliative care in community aged care.

The free online training is available to participants by simply creating an account and logging in to Palliative Care online training.

The learning modules will help you develop your skills and confidence and covers the knowledge and values needed to communicate and care for people with a life-limiting illness and/or are approaching the final stages of the normal ageing process.

The package of online training has two groups of modules and supporting resources. Modules 1 - 4 are based on the best practice guidelines - The Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting (COMPAC). The COMPAC guidelines have recently been incorporated into the palliAGED online resource. 

Modules 5 & 6 are skill modules developed in response to feedback from participants who completed Modules 1-4. The modules offered are listed below and there is a downloadable factsheet (90kb pdf) for the palliative care training course.

  • Module 1 - A Palliative Approach to Care
  • Module 2 - Planning and Assessment
  • Module 3 - Providing Care to Clients and Carers
  • Module 4 - Delivering a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting
  • Module 5 - Pain Management
  • Module 6 - Recognising Deteriorating Clients
Centre for Palliative Care

The Centre for Palliative Care offers the free online course called Palliative Care: Getting Started for health professionals and is an important introduction to key palliative care concepts required to provide best practice clinical care. There is no registration, but to launch the course you will have to take a short survey used to improve the course. It takes about two hours to complete the online course.

Other professional development opportunities that the Centre for Palliative Care provides for health care workers wanting to increase their knowledge and expertise in palliative care.

The Cross-Cultural Care Program for Aged Care Staff

This online short course is a free self-paced MOOC developed by Flinders University, Resthaven and AnglicareSA. The program aims to support staff in community aged care to provide high-quality cross-cultural care for clients and to improve team cohesion. The companion workbook is available online.

The program includes five modules:

  • Module 1: An Introduction to cross-cultural care module for new staff
  • Module 2: Cross-cultural communication
  • Module 3: Cross-cultural leadership
  • Module 4: Cross-cultural dementia care
  • Module 5: Cross-cultural end of life care.
Although the course is not specifically targeted for people providing home care you may find it helpful.

See > Other Online Resources (short videos, webinars, fact sheets)

Page updated 29 March 2018