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Antea Worldwide Palliative Care Conference

Rome, 12-14 November 2008

ABSTRACT FORM

Presenting author PALLIATIVE CARE EDUCATION IN AUSTRIA
Elisabeth Medicus
Authors (max 6, presenting author included): Elisabeth Medicus
Email:
e.medicus@dibk.at
In Austria, palliative care in undergraduate education is established at nursing schools, but there
Phone is a lack of dedicated and capable teachers.
Palliative care has not yet been established at medical schools, where it is only an optional
subject. Its further development needs persons committed to palliative care inside the university
Mobile phone system.
There has been a three-step training for some years for health care professionals in specialised
palliative care, leading to the title of a “Master of Advanced Studies of Palliative Care” and
integrating education for leadership and organisational changes. Each step consists of 160 hours
Please underline the most theoretical and 40 hours of practical training. Interdisciplinary are the first and the third steps,
appropriate category for your the second step is either for nurses or physicians or for members of the psychosocial staff.
abstract The first step of this training is required of all professionals working in the specialised palliative
care field. This standard is defined in the National Hospice and Palliative Care Plan for Structure
• Pain and other symptoms
Quality and applied in the whole country. For these courses, there is a need for evaluation and
• Palliative care for cancer patients improvement of training and curricula on a national and international level, since their
• Palliative care for non cancer effectiveness very much depends on the practical involvement of individuals in the subject.
patients For volunteers, there is a nationwide curriculum, consisting of 70 hours plus 40 hours of practical
• Paediatric palliative care training. These courses are well established but do sometimes raise false expectations for future
volunteers.
• Palliative care for the elderly
In Tyrol, we are trying to enhance palliative care education in residency programs in the rural
• The actors of palliative care
regions of Tyrol by tailoring curricula for a defined care system e.g. a nursing home.
• Latest on drugs The first interdisciplinary step of the three-step training mentioned above is also held in
• Pain Innsbruck. This course does not appeal to medical doctors because of its length and learning
styles.
• Illness and suffering through Thus, for physicians, we organize 70 hour courses with an interdisciplinary part in
media communication skills.
• Marginalisation and social stigma
at the end of life
• Palliative care advocacy projects

• Prognosis and diagnosis
communication in
different cultures
• Communication between doctor-
patient and patient-
equipe
• Religions and cultures versus
suffering, death and
bereavement
• Public institution in the world:
palliative care policies
and law
• Palliative care: from villages to metropolies

• Space, light and gardens for the terminally ill patient
• End-of-life ethics
• Complementary therapies Session: Palliative care – from villages to metropolies
• Education, training and research
• Fund-raising and no-profit Chair of the session: Dott. Laura Surdo, Dott. Faith m. Powell
• Bereavement support
• Volunteering in palliative care
• Rehabilitation in palliative care