This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to care for people with life-threatening or life-limiting illness and/or normal ageing process within a palliative approach.  This unit applies to workers in a residential or community context. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and is carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.  The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - supported, reported and documented issues and needs of 3 people in palliative care.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - philosophy, principles, benefits and scope of palliative care; - the needs of people dealing with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness and the emotional impact of diagnosis; - cultural, religious and spiritual differences in relation to death and dying; - the stages of grief and personal strategies for managing reactions to grief; - advance care directives and end-of-life care strategies; - pain relief and comfort promotion; - nutritional and hydration requirements during a palliative approach; - legal and ethical considerations for working in palliative care; - relevant policies, protocols and practices of the organisation in relation to the provision of both a palliative approach and palliative care; - responsibilities to self and colleagues; - various signs of imminent death and/or deterioration, and; - communication strategies to build trust, show empathy, demonstrate support and empowers the person, family, carers and/or significant others.

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