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What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care is a coursework award that aims to provide an opportunity for individuals from any professional background who are working in health related areas to deepen their knowledge base in palliative care within a global context.

The course is designed to enable practitioners to select a series of topics built on core material that will assist them to address particular needs within their practice and employment.

The course aims to bring people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to work together in appraisal, assessment and problem-solving required of a multi-disciplinary/multi-professional team in this area.

The course also aims to develop independent critical thinkers who will be able to contribute to the development of the practice of Palliative Care.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • critically appraise Palliative Care theory, research, ethics and professional literature, further developing their knowledge and skills in this area
  • continue to develop critical reflective skills and self evaluation of their own professional practice
  • critically discuss issues related to the person with a life limiting illness, taking into account the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions to care specific to the needs of individuals, their families and those involved in their care
  • identify goals/strategies to foster a deep approach to learning and the development of life-long learning skills in the area of palliative and supportive care.

Your career

Palliative and end-of-life care are developing at local and national levels within multiple health care settings. Organisations require practitioners with the specialist skills and attitudes provided by this course, whether experienced practitioners or graduates with basic palliative care skills. Graduates can find careers in areas ranging from rural and remote, acute, community, acute hospitals and aged care settings, to palliative care units and hospice care.

Potential employers include:

  • hospitals
  • hospices
  • nursing homes
  • community care.

Which department am I in?

College of Nursing and Health Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$37,500.00 (20,31,419) per year
Start date

28 February 2022


Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$36,000.00 (19,50,163) per year
Start date

28 February 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have equivalent of a three-year Australian bachelor’s degree. Some degrees may require work experience to meet the entry requirements. A reference or statement from the employer will be required. Special requirements apply to the four-year Doctor of Medicine. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE): Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking, 300 Reading, 300 Listening.

For international students

Applicants must normally hold an approved health-related bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.

Applicants for the graduate diploma must also have at least two years’ experience in palliative care, aged care or in a related field.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): B2

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.