Courses & Units

The Last Year of Life: Renegotiating and Reinforcing Appropriate Care CNA409


This unit will enhance your ability to care for people in the 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
Unit code CNA409
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Doctor Sara Karacsony
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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 processes that serve 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
060301 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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Teaching Pattern

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.

AssessmentCare of a person approaching end of life (50%)|Online discussions and summary paper (50%)
TimetableView 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

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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