New Palliative Care scholarships for Tasmanian healthcare workers

Guy Barnett,

The Rockliff Liberal Government is partnering with Flinders University to offer $540,000 in scholarships for staff to study a Certificate in palliative care or Specialist Certificate in palliative care.

Courses are aimed at enrolled nurses or nursing aides, registered nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Allied Health assistants, medical professionals, personal care assistants/support workers, volunteer ambulance personnel and paramedics.

Minister for Health, Guy Barnett, said the Government is committed to supporting and nurturing our healthcare workforce to upskill across all regions of our State.

“We are providing our health workforce with the training it needs to deliver palliative care to Tasmanians,” Minister Barnett said.

“These scholarships will also ensure greater distribution of palliative care capability across the State and the health system, particularly in rural and remote areas.”

The Rockliff Liberal Government will provide full funding for both the Certificate in Palliative Care $1320 and Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care $3740.

Both courses are available online and will increase palliative care capacity and capability across the Tasmanian health workforce.

The 10-week Certificate in Palliative Care will provide an overview and introduction to best practice end-of-life care and is structured to meet the needs of those who may occasionally engage with people with palliative care needs.

The 13-week Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care provides an overview of best practice and the opportunity to develop knowledge of the palliative approach to care for those frequently engaging with palliative patients.

Minister Barnett said the Scholarships will ensure more Tasmanians can get the healthcare they need when and where they need it.

“Our Government is delivering on what matters for Tasmanians by investing in our health workforce and ensuring more Tasmanians can access the health care system they deserve,” Minister Barnett said.

Flinders University is a leading Australian tertiary institution providing online education and training in palliative care from short to post graduate courses.

Applications for Tasmanian Health Service are open until December 22.

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