Workforce Education in Practice

Education Workforce

What we know

Education is a key part of initial training and preparation of the aged care workforce who will provide care for older Australians approaching the end of their life. Enrolled nurses and care workers provide most direct care to older people. They need skills, knowledge and support in feeling prepared and confident in caring for people who are approaching the end of their life.

What can I do?

Make sure careworkers are aware of the four PA Toolkit videos especially developed to help you understand the palliative approach.

Download the palliAGED apps for palliative care support on your phone. If you prefer to use a computer, you can view the content online through your web browser.
palliAGEDgp App logo  palliAGEDnurse logo 


What can I learn?

The Palliative Care Bridge offers a number of videos and printed information covering the many aspects of illness, suffering, palliative care, caring for someone with a life-limiting illness, dying, loss, grief, and bereavement.

The Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U) project has core online learning modules and case studies for undergraduate and recently graduated students.

If you feel uncertain about your skills find more learning options on the CareSearch Education pages.

Karacsony S, Chang E, Johnson A, Good A, Edenborough M. Measuring nursing assistants' knowledge, skills and attitudes in a palliative approach: A literature review. Nurse Educ Today. 2015 Dec;35(12):1232-9. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.05.008.
Read about tools that can be used to assess palliative care competencies for careworkers.


What can my organisation do?

The Advance Project helps general practice nurses get involved with advance care planning and palliative care. Tell your staff about it.

Interprofessional Education in Aged Care (IPEAC) Toolkit guides residential aged care staff in conducting an Interprofessional Education (IPE) student placement at their facility.

In-house education on end of life care can be valuable for aged care staff. The PA Toolkit provides a range of resources that can be used.

Experiential learning can be helpful. Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) offers supportive placements in palliative care.

Encourage staff to use the resources of The Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U) project.


Page updated 22 May 2017