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Centre for Palliative Learning

Palliative care is more than just hospice care.

Palliative care is an approach to relieving suffering and meeting the holistic needs of people (patients and their families) with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. It ideally needs to begin early in the course of the disease and continue throughout until the end of life. Hospice care is for patients with relatively short life expectancy.

The St Luke’s Hospice training centre, or Centre for Palliative Learning (CPL) plays an important part in empowering inter-disciplinary health care workers at all levels and from all settings to have a palliative approach to care, through our palliative care training and mentorship. This is in keeping with the current international and national trend to introduce palliative care services into all health care settings.

The CPL is collaborating with the Department of Health to train all their staff in palliative care in realisation of the newly adopted National Policy Framework and Strategy for Palliative Care.

Apart from hospitals and clinics, the settings where the palliative care approach is required include retirement villages, children’s homes and even prisons.

The CPL works with the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) to provide a variety of courses and workshops in palliative care and related topics aimed at health care professionals, caregivers and the general public.

These include:

  • Workshops
  • Introduction to palliative care courses
  • The short course in palliative nursing (new name to be confirmed soon)
  • Basic hospice course for volunteer caregivers and the public
  • Bereavement support course

St Luke’s Combined Hospices also provide a rich setting for palliative care clinical placements for healthcare students. Every year both under and post-graduate students of various disciplines from the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, come to St Luke’s for practical placements and mentorship.

We are also frequently approached by medical professionals from countries all over the world who wish to experience best practice in palliative care.

We have three training centres available: two at our premises in Kenilworth and another at our Mitchell’s Plain Community Hospice and Training Centre on the Lentegeur Hospital premises, all of which are available for private hire.

Click here to read more about our Palliative Care Training.

For more information please contact Margot van der Wielen at education@stlukes.co.za or on 021 797 5335.

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