Free online training available for carers and others delivering palliative care

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

To celebrate National Carers Week 2017 the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) has re-launched the Palliative Care Online Training Portal, funded by the Australian Government.

The Portal provides free non-clinical interactive training to carers, community and aged care workers, students, volunteers, family members and clinicians who want to build their skills in caring for someone with a life-limiting illness.

The Portal covers topics such as: the needs of people and their families as they approach end-of-life; assessment skills; end-of-life conversations; self-care and building resilience; pain management; and recognising deteriorating patients.
All training modules are based on the COMPAC Guidelines for Community Based Palliative Aged Care, and will enable participants to accrue Continuing Professional Development points.

‘In the last 5 years, over 35,000 people, many of whom are carers, have developed skills in delivering palliative care by using this training—the feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive’, AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven said today.

‘The refreshed portal provides the same excellent and expert training as previously, but now updated and on a site that is more accessible and technologically robust.

'It is part of yesterday’s $60 million palliative care services funding package announced by Health Minister Greg Hunt.

‘I commend the Australian Government for their support of palliative care initiatives such as the Online Training Portal—there is no doubt that the Portal has had, and will continue to have, a significant positive impact on the quality of palliative care delivered across Australia.’

Palliative Care Online Training Portal modules are written in plain English and use interactive activities, video case studies and easy-to-understand examples that enable participants to build skills and confidence.

The Palliative Care Online Training Portal is available at Registration is free and there are no time restrictions for completion of the modules.

For more information on the AHHA, visit

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, Primary Health Networks, and community and primary healthcare services.


Media enquiries: Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, 0403 282 501