University of Technology Sydney

96804 Immersive Palliative Care Futures

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject aims to prepare students to be future-focused, and will equip students to respond to emerging opportunities and challenges. Students will be prepared to be transformative clinical leaders, who can drive the required changes through creativity and innovation. Students will reflect on factors impacting the future of palliative care such as population ageing, medical advances, and new and emerging technologies. As future leaders, they will explore new ways of working aimed at increasing access to person-centred, evidenced-based care. Students will analyse the impact current and future technology will have on decision making, treatment, care provision, referral and management. They will also examine new ways of working and organising interdisciplinary care at macro, meso and micro levels to ensure equitable, high-quality and safe palliative care across diverse populations and care settings.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Debate differing perspectives on the opportunities and limitations of technology for supporting care of people with life-limiting illness
B. Analyze shortcomings of palliative care for meeting future need to identify foci for improvement
C. Appraise health service responses to changing needs for palliative care, including solutions for optimising access and equity and better integrating care
D. Create technological solutions through applying new knowledge, facts and techniques to improve care for people with life-limiting illness and their families

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Provide effective, creative and responsive leadership that promotes optimal palliative care (4.0)

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject will be delivered exclusively online, enabling students to participate remotely. Students will be actively engaged in enquiry-based learning through a range of multimedia interactive activities, including those involving collaboration with others. The online learning platform ‘Canvas’ will be used for all subject materials and announcements.

Assessment activities will include individual and group tasks in the form of presentation, discussion and writing. Feedback will be shared by peers as well as tutors to establish a learning community that will provide ongoing support to students throughout their course. Activities are aimed at preparing students to undertake the assessments, including collaborative learning.

Online Modules
Learning content will be delivered through structured online modules that equip students to be future-focused leaders in palliative care.

Content (topics)

Module Content Areas

  • Innovative approaches to integrating care
  • Leadership and transformation essential to transitioning towards value-based care
  • Technology and other future-focused tools for developing workforce skill and capability
  • mHealth’s potential to empower consumers
  • Ethical and logistic challenges to optimising technology in palliative care
  • The growing consumer ‘voice’ in healthcare
  • Raising awareness and reducing stigma to enable timely access to palliative care
  • Increasing the role of communities in supporting people with life-limiting illness
  • Navigating the era of consumer choice

A weekly program is available on Canvas when the subject opens.


Assessment task 1: Hopes and fears about technology


To develop student understanding of diverse and dynamic perspectives on using technology to support palliative care.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):


This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):


Type: Reflection
Weight: 20%

Podcast (2-3 minutes) plus reference list

Assessment task 2: Technological opportunities for improving future palliative care - choose your own adventure


To develop student skills in effective, creative and responsive leadership in palliative care.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B and C

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):


Type: Report
Weight: 30%

Written report (1,200-1,500 words excluding references)

Assessment task 3: Peer learning about technological opportunities for improving palliative care


To develop skills in peer reviewing, to learn from one another’s approaches whilst analysing different technological opportunities for improving future palliative care.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A and B

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):


Type: Report
Weight: 20%

Written feedback (400 words) to each student allocated for peer review (i.e. 1,200 words in total). Additionally a 500 word individual reflection will be submitted.

Assessment task 4: Innovating palliative care - a licence to dream


To develop student skills in applying acquired knowledge to create an innovative approach to transforming one or more aspects of palliative care.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):


This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):


Type: Report
Weight: 30%

3-5 minute recorded presentation (side-by-side slides and speaker)

Required texts

There is no prescribed textbook for this subject. Links to references and electronic resources will be made available in Canvas.

Other resources

UTS Student Centre
Building 10

Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
Tel: 1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)

Details for student centres:

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UTS Library
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Improve your academic and English language skills
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HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
HELPS provides assistance with English language proficiency and academic language. Students who need to develop their written and/or spoken English should make use of the free services offered by HELPS, including academic language workshops, vacation intensive courses, drop-in consultations, individual appointments and Conversations@UTS ( HELPS staff are also available for drop-in consultations at the UTS Library. Phone (02) 9514 9733.

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