October Intake: Guiding Clients Through Palliative Care

Self-Paced Course Overview

Palliative care provides holistic care to optimise quality of life for people and their families living with life-limiting illness. During the journey from diagnosis towards end-of-life, the patient, their family and friends experience grief as they deal with many varied losses along the way. 

This self-paced course will consider key aspects of working with patients as well as their families at end-of-life; in particular, having conversations that can be difficult at times. Various life-space factors will be explored in the context of the various illness and dying trajectories. We will also review care choices and strategies to help clients prepare for end-of-life and work towards a good death, with the aim that complex bereavement issues in surviving family and/or significant other can be reduced. 

Participants will explore the many facets of grief experienced by patients and their loved ones as they negotiate they journey towards end-of-life and beyond. We will consider the various support needs of both family/carers and the patient with life-limiting illness. Strategies to help support the grieving process and acknowledge the losses experienced throughout the illness trajectory, at end-of-life and into bereavement will be discussed. 

While health professionals working with families and people who are seriously ill are more familiar with death than most, the frequency of deaths and dealing with their own anxieties relating to death and dying can have a negative impact on wellbeing. This can place health care workers at risk of vicarious trauma, empathetic stress fatigue, and ultimately burnout. Strategies to support our work in this critical area of healthcare will also be explored. 

Learning Outcomes

Following this self-paced course, participants will:

  • Describe the application of palliative care to assist clients (patients and families) make end-of-life choices and prepare for a 'good death'
  • Identify common concerns, and apply grief and loss theories relevant to clients across the life-span as they approach end-of-life
  • Apply grief and loss theories to implement support for family members caring for someone approaching end-of-life
  • Evaluate the impact to health professionals working in end-of-life care in relation to cumulative grief, and employ strategies to prevent work-related stress and burnout.
This course has been designed for nurses, allied health workers, support workers, anyone working in any facet of health, but particularly in palliative care, aged care and disability - in any setting; for example, in hospital, residential or community settings and services. 


Presenter Bio

Margaret Sealey

Margaret Sealey (PhD) is a counsellor, educator, researcher and thanatologist who has worked with vulnerable populations in heath settings (palliative care and oncology in particular) for 20 years. During this time she has worked at various hospices, the Cancer Council WA, Motor Neurone Disease WA and Alzheimer's Australia WA supporting clients and family members facing life-limiting illness and dementia. 

With a previous background as a Registered Nurse, she has undertaken a Bachelor of Psychology (hons) and postgraduate studies in Counselling. Her PhD research developed a bereavement risk assessment model for use in palliative care using action research. 

Margaret is Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement, a member of the Association for Death Education & Counselling (ADEC), the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) and Palliative Care WA (PCWA). She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), and is a Fellow if the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), providing education in grief, loss and dementia to people affected by loss as well as the workforce sector. Presently she is a lecturer in Discipline of Counselling at Murdoch University. 

Self-Paced Course Details


Intake Starts: Monday 26th September 2022

Intake Ends: Sunday 23rd October 2022

Registration will remain open until Friday 30th September 2022


  • Member $295.00
  • Non-Member $345.00

Post-Purchase Information 

  • Once you have enrolled, you will receive an automated confirmation email 
  • The Thursday before the course starts, you will receive a welcome email and access to our learning platform along with your credentials. 
  • During the intake period, you will have access to the module and are required to complete the course content and online assessment before the end date. 
  • For any further information, please get in touch with [email protected] 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reserves the right to cancel education programs that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case ACGB will refund all fees.

Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the Centre. Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days before the event date will be refunded less 25% of the registration fee to cover administration costs.

No registration refunds will be made after this date. Please note: The total invoiced amount will still be payable in the event of non-attendance on the day.

Terms and Conditions 

1. Intellectual Property 

ACGB's program and program content are copyrighted. Its use and dissemination are restricted and unauthorised duplication is prohibited. A copy of the course presentation will be available after the course and is for personal/non-commercial use only. The content is not to be modified or republished in any way without the prior consent of ACGB and the presenter. Any breach of copyright, including the recording of the presentation or any unauthorised use of the material, may lead to legal action. 

2. Links and Material From the Course

Course's and the follow up email may contain links that lead to external websites to ACGB. ACGB have no control of these websites and ACGB makes no representations about the accuracy of the information contained on these websites. ACGB is not liable for the content on these websites. The presenter may also provide further reference materials for your use after the course. These may include (but are not limited to):

- A copy of the course slides
- Journal articles
- Templates or other documents

All course-related materials remain copyrighted of ACGB and the presenter. They must not be distributed to any third party at any time or in any form without written permission from ACGB. 

3. Registration

Viewers agree to use the product under the purchase agreement terms, which restrict number of viewers based on registration type. 
Individual Registration:
Provides one person, the registrant, access to the course or recording for personal viewing only. 

26/09/2022 9:00 AM - 23/10/2022 11:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
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