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What is the course about?

This course offers anyone working with or caring for children who have life-threatening or life-limiting conditions a comprehensive overview of palliative care for children. This introductory course offers an interactive and immersive experience and encourages participants to reflect on their own experiences caring for vulnerable children. Short quizzes and revision exercises through the course will help to keep your interest and instill knowledge.  The course covers the following key elements:

  • A brief history of palliative care and children’s palliative care
  • What is palliative care
  • The need for children’s palliative care in South Africa and globally
  • Definitions and descriptions of palliative care for children
  • What makes children’s palliative care unique
  • Key components of children’s palliative care
  • Who provides children’s palliative care
  • Settings for the provision of children’s palliative care

Why take the course?

“Children are not little adults, and while the principles of palliative care remain the same for all, it is each unique child – from the tiny neonate to the maturing teenager – who directs the way palliative care is provided for them; always within the framework of childhood development, their changing understanding, and the impact of the condition on the child and their family. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the key principles of this fascinating subject I encourage you to complete the Patch Academy online course, Introducing Children’s Palliative Care, to gain a comprehensive and deeper understanding of the way children experience serious illness and dying, their different forms of expression and communication and how health care providers working together with the child and family help each child to enjoy the best possible quality of life.”

Joan Marston
International Children’s Palliative Care Advocate
Founder of Sunflower Children’s Hospice

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