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Palliative Care Masterclass Program

Join clinical experts in this free Palliative Care Masterclass Program.

Most people prefer to be cared for and die at home. This free Masterclass Program aims to make this possible by empowering nurses working in key settings of general practice, aged care and home care, to develop the knowledge and skills essential for the delivery of quality person-centred palliative care. 


The free Palliative Care Masterclass Program will be delivered by palliative care clinical experts from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Faculty of Health, Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT).


This workshop has been made possible by funding from Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN).




Registered/enrolled nurses working or living in the CESPHN region who work in residential aged care or primary health. View the full list of eligible postcodes here.

This program attracts CPD hours.


Full program

Advanced Communication Skills in Palliative Care (Online)

In this 3.5-hour session, topics will include: breaking bad news and critical conversations; responding to unplanned important questions; and brokering a care deal between patients, families, and multidisciplinary teams (3.5 hours CPD inclusive of pre-session reading).


  • Thursday 21 March, 12:30 - 4:00pm
  • Friday 10 May, 12:30 - 4:00pm


Complex Symptom Management (Online) 

This 3.5-hour session will provide nurses with an overview of the current evidence in relationship to screening, assessing and managing three commonly experienced symptoms (3.5 hours CPD inclusive of pre-session reading).


  • Friday, 22 March, 9:00am - 12:30pm 
  • Friday, 9 August, 9:00am - 12:30pm


Optimising Communication for Advance Care Planning (Online)

In this 1.5-hour online session, you will be supported to discuss advance care planning (ACP) with people who have palliative care needs and their carers, and recognise when commencing an ACP conversation would be helpful and how to start these conversations (2 hours CPD inclusive of pre-session reading).


  • Thursday, 11 April, 1:30 - 3:00pm 
  • Thursday, 8 August, 10:00 - 11:30am


Communication for Bereavement in Palliative Care (Online)

In this 2.5-hour online session, you will be supported to develop skills in conversations with patients, family members and carers around grief/bereavement needs and support; and reflect on providing bereavement support while managing your ongoing well-being (2.5 hours CPD inclusive of pre-session reading).


  • Tuesday, 30 April, 10:00am - 12:30pm (session full)
  • Wednesday, 19 June, 1:00pm - 3:30pm (session full)


Advanced Communication Skills in Palliative Care + Complex Symptom Management (In-person) 

Nurses looking to advance their skills and knowledge in palliative care are invited to attend a full-day, in-person workshop with an opportunity for extended discussion and learning activities regarding advanced communication and complex symptom management in palliative care (7.5 hours inclusive of pre-session reading).

If attending this session, you do not need to attend Advanced Communication and Complex Symptom Management.


  • Friday, 31 May, 9am - 5pm at the University of Technology Sydney



Completion of the Masterclass Program will enable nurses to effectively implement knowledge into daily practice to address the needs of palliative care patients, families, and carers and to ensure patients receive the right care, at the right time in the right place.


Attendees will receive a digital badge and certificate.
Slides and resources will be available to download.
Attendees will have access to a Canvas-based Palliative Care community of practice for 12 months.

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.