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OT5008 - Allied Health Interventions for Palliative Care

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

Available ONLY to students enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate of Allied Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy (Coursework).

As health care increases longevity and survival rates improve for chronic diseases and malignancies, improved quality of care and quality of life for the client can be gained by increasing the types of intervention. Allied health professionals provide support for pain management through assessments, symptom management and improved access to adapted environments. Complimentary therapies, spirituality and grief management are available to support the client and their carers. The ethical issues surrounding treatments both conventional and alternative will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • define palliative care and identify the dilemmas of intervention by allied health professionals;
  • explore the opportunities for complementary therapies including spirituality and grief management with the client and their carers;
  • identify clients needs in relation to function, independence, leisure, family and life skills to enable an improved quality of life through symptom management and environmental adaptations;
  • outline the role and limitations of allied health professionals in palliative care in conjunction with best practice and quality assurance requirements;
  • understand the influence of culture, rurality, spirituality and the current ethical considerations in providing palliative care.
Prerequisites: BOccThy


Townsville, Block, Study Period 7
Census Date 10-Jul-2014
Face to face teaching (Not offered in 2013)
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
Assessment: quizzes or tests (20%); presentations (20%); readings/critique (10%); case study (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.