Short Course Palliative Care

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Bishops, Priests/Pastors, Major Religious Superiors, religious congregations, parishes,

Mission hospitals, municipal and government hospitals, health centres, traditional practitioners

Call for candidates to register for a Palliative Care Certificate at Arrupe Jesuit University (AJU)

Palliative care is a way of providing quality of life to patients who face life-threatening and/or life-limiting illnesses through comprehensive assessment and addressing the needs of the patients. These needs may be physical, emotional, social and spiritual.

Palliative care is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, therefore, team approach is inevitable. The family/carer of the patient is an important part of the team.

The following aspects will be covered:

  • Pain and other physical symptoms are aggressively addressed
  • The all-important advocacy role that palliative care plays for vulnerable groups
  • Meaning making issues are discussed (spirituality)
  • Cultural and religious aspects
  • Family engagement: e.g. coping with a family member with a life-threatening illness
  • Support approaches, e.g. bereavement issues (psycho-social)
  • Important decisions on one’s life, e.g., living will/advance directive
  • Serious medico-legal issues, e.g., palliative care does not support euthanasia
  • Endeavours to respond and meet the targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: Health and wellness

The above areas are just but a few of the topics covered in the certificate for palliative care offered by AJU to all those engaged or dealing with palliative care patients. This includes nurses, medical doctors, social workers, priests/pastors, physiotherapists.

The certificate is covered over one semester and incorporates the student’s exposure to palliative care in their work. Therefore student assignments will be based on one’s area of practice. Since this is a course for busy engaged professionals, it will be conducted over four (4) weekends face to face interactive classes at AJU. Four (4) assignments submitted online and a written exam at the end of the semester will form the evaluation process. A serious study discipline will be required to complete the course.

The teaching team: Medical Dr, Nurse, Social worker and Priest.

Support the Zimbabwe ministry of health’s efforts to integrate palliative care into the national health care system by taking the chance to interact with various professionals dealing with palliative care patients to build confidence in your own discipline. The first group starts at the end of November 2019. Get more details from the contact below.

Contact Details: Arrupe Jesuit University: 16 Link Road, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe

Landline:  +263 24 2754411 / 242745903, Mobile/WhatsApp:  +263 78366025 / 773999154

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