University of Technology Sydney

96828 Ethical Dimensions of Palliative Care

3cp; 6-10 hpw (self-directed learning, occasional Zoom sessions, assessments tasks, online)



In this subject, students develop their skills in ethical decision-making for person-centred care across populations in palliative care. This subject supports students in becoming creative, inquiring and responsive health professionals who continuously and critically analyse and reflect on their roles, making appropriate adaptations. Students: identify ethical and policy concerns; analyse ethical principles relevant to care-related decision-making and provision in palliative and end of life contexts; address fundamental questions about the goals of care and responsibilities to stakeholders (patients, families, themselves, the profession and the society); and articulate responses to ethical challenges interrogating their own beliefs and values.

Students examine palliative care ethical dilemmas, including ways to respond to diverse cultural beliefs and attitudes to death and dying. Students distinguish the ethical conduct and core practice principles for stakeholders working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, families and communities.

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