SPIRITUAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICE

PAR5SEP

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will explore the various clinical, spiritual and ethical aspects related to caring for people with life limiting illness. Students will gain an understanding of the core principles of palliative care, including effective communication in response to grief, loss, uncertainty and diverse cultural and spiritual challenges. Core principles of palliative care will be examined, with the focus on understanding principles of clinical and supportive care management. Students will further develop their capacity for self-reflection and evaluation, specifically in the area of attitudes and beliefs on death, dying and spirituality.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE3COS

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop and reflect on strategies that adhere to principles of assessment and intervention for those with life limiting illnesses. You will be able to a) Formulate strategies to manage the impact of historical trends on community perceptions of death, dying and grieving in contemporary society; b) Determine, describe and demonstrate appropriate paramedic responses to causes of death and factors affecting death and dying; c) Critique existing health service interventions for common life limiting illnesses, paying specific attention to clinical features along the illness trajectories; d) Reflect on personal and paramedic organisational strategies relating to the core principles of palliative care, with specific reference to the Australian Palliative Care Standards.

Activities:
Scenarios and roleplay, reflective piece, case-study analysis, perform enquiry.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Communication (Communication)
Speaking (Speaking)

02. Appraise needs within the complexity of holistic care environments for those with life limiting illnesses and their family, and justify and provide quality holistic care within this context. You will be able to a) Analyse and critique the roles of a multidisciplinary team in caring for people with life limiting illnesses; b) Integrate advanced technical skills and theoretical knowledge, both independently and as a team, when dealing with a person who has a life limiting illness, and concurrently integrate professional demeanours and leadership capabilities; c) Appraise the need for, and justify additional support services in order to, manage people with life limiting illness using an holistic care framework, and educate patients, families and others about such services.

Activities:
Case study analysis, scenarios and roleplay, perform enquiry.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Communication (Communication)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Writing (Writing)

03. Both independently, and as part of a team, demonstrate the principles of effective communication with people with life limiting illness and their family. You will be able to a) interpret complex information into an appropriate mode; b) use supportive communication skills when determining the appropriate way to respond to the needs and concerns of people with a life limiting illness; c) engage in empathic communication regarding sensitive issues with colleagues, the patient and their family; d) identify and generate a culturally sensitive approach in a range of circumstances; e) establish effective communication in relation to a person's responses to grief, loss, existential challenges and unexpected changes to illness trajectory.

Activities:
Role-play and case scenarios.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Communication (Communication)

04. Identify a range of spiritual, psychological and social needs for people with life limiting illnesses a) Relate emotions and responses by people with life limiting illness to a range of challenges; b) Devise care plans, and generate independent and multidisciplinary work strategies, to meet spiritual, psychological and social needs of people with life limiting illness; c) Appraise the ability of paramedics to access referral pathways and specialty links for managing life limiting challenges; d) Integrate developing personal attitudes and beliefs surrounding death, grief & spirituality with relevant social & ethical principles, to undertake reflective clinical practice; e) Plan & implement strategies for individuals to optimise self-empowerment, and encourage-self management.

Activities:
Perform Enquiry, case study analysis, group discussion, scenarios and role play.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Communication (Communication)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)

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