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Palliative Care Nursing Specialisation


Provides Registered Nurses with the knowledge to develop expertise in the provision of palliative care.

Provides Registered Nurses with the knowledge to develop expertise in the provision of palliative care.

Special entry requirements

All applicants are required to be employed for a minimum of 18 hours per week in a palliative care setting.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NNS5113Advanced Nursing Science 120
NSP5302Advanced Nursing Practice 120
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NNS5202Advanced Nursing Science 220
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUR6116Evaluating Practice in Health20
NST6100Literature Review20
MNP6101Evidence-based Practice and Research Design20

Note: MNP6101 must be completed prior to MNP6107.

Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CLM6100Clinical Leadership and Management20
MNP6107Nursing Research Project20
Elective UnitChosen at Level 600020

For more detailed unit information for this Specialisation take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Important notes

  • Students are required to undertake a year-long practicum unit whilst employed within their specialty clinical area. Students are assessed in the work place by their individual Clinical Facilitators and are required to demonstrate their competency in accordance with the advanced practice standards of their related professional organisation.

    Attendance requirements

    Students are required to be working at least 18 hours per week in a palliative care setting

Learning Outcomes

  1. Reflect critically on a complex body of palliative care knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of Palliative Care Nursing practice.
  2. Apply cognitive and creative analytical skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex ideas, concepts and theories in authentic palliative care situations.
  3. Apply and model communication and collaboration skills to analyse and design innovative contributions to professional practice.
  4. Use high level self-management skills to initiate, plan and execute a substantial research-based project.

Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles


This Specialisation can be studied in the following courses

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