Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will look at how spiritual care has always been an explicit aspect of palliative care and that religious understandings have given way to broadly existential approaches. Correspondingly spiritual care is no longer seen as the exclusive responsibility of religious professionals, and now usually involves, in some capacity, all members of the palliative care team plus other supportive personnel. This subject reviews contemporary understandings of spirituality and spiritual care in palliative care settings and explores implications for a variety of human service disciplines. It will be of particular interest to physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, music therapists, speech pathologists, chaplains, pastoral and spiritual care practitioners working in or interested in working in palliative and other health care programs.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolment.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSpirituality and palliative carePrescribedRumbold, B (ed) 2002OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsTextbook on Spirituality in HealthCareRecommendedCob, et al 2012OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsThe dying soulRecommendedCobb, M 2002OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Distance Education, 2014, Semester 2, Distance Education


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning
One 3.0 hours problem based learning per week and delivered via distance education.
"Flexible learning package equivalent to three hours of classroom contact per week. Students will have regular contact with the subject coordinator using telephone, email, or fax. Students are also able to attend the city campus to meet with the co-ordinator by appointment to discuss subject topics and submissions."


Assessment elementComments%
one 2,500-word essay60
one 750-word case study report20
one 750-word literature review20