Health Sciences - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Postgraduate Certificate in  Health Sciences (Palliative Care)

Palliative CarePalliative care has emerged as a speciality that incorporates inter professional health care provision for people who are living with and dying from active, progressive diseases or conditions that are not responsive to curative treatment.  Palliative care embraces the physical, social, emotional and spiritual elements of well being (tinana, whanau, hinengaro and wairua) and embraces a person’s quality of life while they are dying. This field involves people throughout the life span from children through to the elderly and continues on to support the bereaved family/whanau.

These two palliative care papers support the entry to speciality practice knowledge in palliative care, offering anholistic approach to caring for the person, family and whanau living with a life limiting illness; the practice of palliative care (therapeutic interventions and treatment modalities); understanding and caring for self, and others; and creating and maintaining a culture of excellence. These papers are grounded in clinical practice and support the beginning of your post graduate study.

If you are a current health practitioner in New Zealand you may be entitled to Health Workforce NZ Funding. Please contact your local DHB for application details.

This specialist endorsement starts in February (Semester 1). This degree normally takes 2 semesters part time. 

For specific information about courses, when you get to the general course page, please click on the red link for the course occurrence.


Semester 1

Semester 2

Required courses
60 pts

HLTH448 The Foundation of Palliative Care
(30 pts)

HLTH449 Praxis in Hospice Palliative Care
(30 pts)

Please refer to individual course webpages for further details regarding course dates, workshops and other attendance requirements.