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FACULTY OF HEALTH, ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
SCHOOL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
Full Unit Outline - Enrolment Approved Monday, 5 September 2011
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UNIT TITLE Allied Health in Palliative Care
UNIT CODE DCP5102
CREDIT POINTS 20
FULL YEAR UNIT No
PRE-REQUISITES DCP5101 - Issues in Palliative and Cancer Care
MODE OF DELIVERY Online

DESCRIPTION

This unit will examine the roles of allied health professionals in palliative care. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse the relevant literature regarding allied health issues which impact on current provision of care and emerging palliative care trends. They will also be expected to review their own work and their workplace with regard to the roles of allied health on the palliative care team.

 
LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of this unit students should be able to:


  1. critically analyse the roles of allied health professionals on the palliative care team;
  2. apply advanced concepts of quality improvement in palliative care to allied health;
  3. critically appraise research literature from their professional perspective;
  4. analyse the quality of life issues for the patients and families, and address these from the allied health professionalís perspective;
  5. apply the understanding of the therapeutic relationship in palliative care to work within the clinical setting.
 
UNIT CONTENT
  1. Caring & allied health.
  2. Allied health roles.
  3. Quality improvement and research in palliative care.
  4. Exploring quality of life.
  5. The therapeutic relationship.
 
TEACHING AND LEARNING PROCESSES
This unit is designed to enable learning through on-line means with materials to assist students to apply information to their own setting. Students are expected to either work in the palliative care setting or have access to a workplace where they can apply the theories.
 
GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Ability to communicate
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • Ability to generate ideas
  • Cross-cultural and international outlook
 
ASSESSMENT
Grading Schema 1
 
Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.
 

Item

Online Assessment

Value

 

Case Study

Case study presentation

20%

Assignment

Literature review

40%

Assignment

Essay

40%

 
TEXTS
Hanks, G., Cherny, N. I., Christakis, N. A., Fallon, M., Kaasa, S., & Portenoy, R. K. (Eds.) (2009). Oxford textbook of palliative medicine (4th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
 
Previous editions of this textbook are acceptable for study.
 
SIGNIFICANT REFERENCES
Kuebler, K. K., Davis, M. P., & Moore, C. D. (2005). Palliative practices: an interdisciplinary approach. St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Mosby.
 
JOURNALS
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care
Death Studies
European Journal of Palliative Care
Journal of Palliative Care
Palliative Medicine
Relevant Allied Health Professional Journals
 
 
 
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:
http://intranet.ecu.edu.au/student/support/student-equity
 
 


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