Rural Generalist Nurse Program: Palliative Care


Welcome to the Rural Generalist Nurse Program: Palliative Care.

The Rural Generalist Nurse works across a multitude of health areas, and is required to provide comprehensive care across the age spectrum, often without immediate access to key health care professionals.

This module will assist health professionals to provide appropriate care to patients with a life-limiting illness when dealing with the challenge of service provision in rural and remote settings. This module provides strategies to recognise and document palliative care phase changes, apply therapeutic communication and identify nursing interventions that focus on quality of life.

This Learning Pathway is one of five resources in the Rural Generalist Nurse Program. Other resources are available in the areas of mental health, paediatric care, aged care and comprehensive assessment.

A certificate is issued on completion.


After completing this module you will be able to:

  • apply the principles of therapeutic communication in a palliative care setting.
  • recognise and document the palliative care phase changes of a patient with a life-limiting illness.
  • identify treatment options that focus on the quality of life of a palliative care patient, in a rural and remote setting.


This course is applicable for all NSW Health Clinical Staff and may qualify for up to 0.5 hrs of Continuous Professional Development.