This unit will enhance your ability to care for people in their last year of their lives. You will develop skills in recognising; responding, renegotiating and reinforcing appropriate care and assessing the ‘domains of distress’ experienced by the person. You will also extend your knowledge and skills in communication, collaboration and decision making that is centred around the person, their family and care givers. The unit will enhance your ability to provide consultative and compassionate care, and implement shared decision making.
|Unit name||The Last Year of Life: Renegotiating and Reinforcing Appropriate Care|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
|Coordinator||Doctor Sara Karacsony|
|Delivered By||Delivered wholly by the provider|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Discuss the contemporary and sociocultural experience of death and dying and recognise when a person may be in the last year of their life.
- Respond with meaningful dialogue and evidence-based assessment skills to establish current and potential unmet needs
- Establish person centred goals of care, renegotiate and realign goals and desired outcomes.
- Explain the supports that exist to enable the person to achieve their goals in the last year of their life.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
Individual Study – This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (my learning online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.
|Assessment||Case Scenario (50%)|Online discussions and summary paper (50%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Gawande, A., 2015, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End, Profile Books, UK. (Available as eBook on Booktopia)
Kalanithi, P 2017, When Breath Becomes Air, Vintage, UK
Mannix, K 2018, With the End in Mind: How to die well, HarperCollins, UK
Hillman, K 2017, A good life to the end: Taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death, Allen & Unwin, Australia
Boyer, A 2019, The Undying. A meditation on modern illness, Penguin eBooks
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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