POPLPRAC 724 : Child and Adolescent Palliative Care

Medical and Health Sciences

2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An examination of specific palliative care issues related to the care of children, adolescents, and their families.

Course Overview

Palliative Care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions is an active and total approach to care, embracing physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements. It focuses on enhancement of quality of life for the child and support for the family and includes the management of distressing symptoms, provision of respite and care through death and bereavement (ACT, 2004). 
Quality treatment and consultation provided by health professionals is a focus of education and this course aims to assist students in the course to develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to provide care that is appropriate for their patients and families, of a high quality and the result of consultation and interdisciplinary teamwork. 

This course is run every two years and is delivered in distance mode with one 3-day seminar in Auckland. Course details and information including access to digitised readings and assessments are online and will be made accessible through Canvas at the beginning of the semester.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge acquired in learning related to child and adolescent development, spirituality and the impact of life limiting illness on their being. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  2. Apply an awareness of the philosophy of child and adolescent palliative care whilst integrating ethical theories and forms of communication into planning of family centred care. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  3. Critically evaluate personal awareness of self as bearer of culture and personal experience of illness, dying, loss and grief to establish safe practice and selfcare. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  4. Analyse and apply the principles of family centred care within the framework of Te Whare Tapa Wha, developing good relationship and interactions for discharge planning for a child/adolescent in palliative care. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  5. Critically evaluate the holistic underpinnings of a patient and family care plan using the framework of te Whare Tapa Wha for a child/adolescent and family in end-of-life illness and bereavement. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of life limiting illnesses in children and adolescents and discuss the associated assessment and management of care specific to their manifestations, whilst integrating these into a family centred care plan (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Case Study 20% Individual Coursework
Essay 20% Individual Coursework
Case Study 40% Individual Coursework
Discussions 20% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Case Study
Case Study

Learning Resources

Recommended learning resources are listed in the course outline on Canvas. Additionally reading resources have been compiled to give the student a platform of information for the topics to be covered in the course. These are listed in Canvas and students are able to access these when they enrol. Some additional resources will also be given in class by speakers and powerpoint presentations made available with the speakers' approval

Course Contacts

Dr Yvonne Bray

Course Director

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 8 - 10 hours per week  in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect a block of three days of lectures, 8 - 10 hours hours per week of reading and thinking about the content and work on assignments preparation.

Other Information

This course is multiprofessional in approach and suitable for students eligible for postgraduate study. Health professionals who have fulfilled the admission requirements for postgraduate study are able to enrol in this course. The course is one of five Palliative Care courses that form the Palliative Care specialisation in the PG Cert/DipHSc pathway of study. The other courses are POPLHLTH 746, POPLPRAC 720, 722 and 723. 

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.