Education and Training in Children’s Palliative Care

PatchSA Training in Children’s Palliative Care

PatchSA offers face to face training in children’s palliative care within South Africa by qualified practitioners and education professionals.

Our training courses can be tailored to the specific needs of your organisation and your resources.


Training formats include:

  • Presentations
  • Half Day or Day-long workshops and symposiums
  • A 3 or 5-day Key Elements in Children’s Palliative Care certificate course

For more information on our training courses, costs and available dates, please contact our Training Coordinator:

Tracy Rawlins

Phone: 083 467 6585
Download our PatchSA Training Flyer as a PDF

Post Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Palliative Care in 2021

The University of Cape Town offers a Paediatric Option to the Diploma in Palliative Medicine. This is a one year diploma that includes distance learning through UCT’s Vula platform and contact time in Cape Town. It is open to any Postgraduate student with an  undergrad/postgrad degree relevant to the field. This includes general practitioners/medical officers working in paediatrics, specialists (Paediatricians, Paediatric sub-specialists, Oncologists, Intensivists), nurses, allied health practitioners, social workers, clergy, psychologists etc.

The Diploma is divided in to two courses. The first semester course covers the basic principles and practice of palliative care relevant to all professionals and includes topics such as communication, ethics, basic pain management, team work and self-care. The second semester course is more clinical and students learn how to apply the palliative care principles in the care of children with life-threatening and life limiting illnesses within their scope of practice and in the context of a team.

Students must be proficient in English and have access to the internet. International students are also able to apply (includes non-SADAC region for Africa).

For further information on how to apply please contact Debbie Moodie at
Please also cc the paediatric course convenor Dr Michelle Meiring at

For more information, download the PDF: Dip Pal Med (Paeds) 2021 advert

Bettercare Learning Station: Palliative Care for Children

Bettercare provides the learning programme, you run the course. A learning programme is the curriculum and study material you need to run a course, all in one book. Whether you lead a study group or manage formal training, our learning programmes make your job simpler and easier.

Bettercare learning programmes have helped thousands of nurses, midwives, doctors and students increase their knowledge, boost their confidence, and improve patient care. You can implement Bettercare learning programmes in your institution right now

Find out more here