Patch Academy – Paediatric Online Courses

Patch Academy is an online training platform created as an educational resource for all members of the multidisciplinary team providing care to babies, toddlers, children and young adults with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses and conditions and to their families. Patch Academy provides online learning and certificate courses on the key elements of paediatric palliative care.

Continuing Professional Development Points from the CMSA

All of our courses have been assigned General and/ or Ethics CPD points, (known as Continuing Education Units or CEUs) by The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA).

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PatchSA Face-to-Face 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 at conferences or workshops
  • Half Day or Day-long workshops and symposiums
  • A 3 or 5-day Key Elements in Children’s Palliative Care certificate course
  • Zoom webinars

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

Tracy Rawlins

Phone: 083 467 6585

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

Post Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Palliative Care

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, teamwork 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

ICPCN E-Learning

ICPCN E-learning courses are helpful to professionals and lay people working with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. They have developed several short courses as part of a longer term strategy of providing e-learning programmes on all aspects of children’s palliative care. Some or all of the courses are presently available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Mandarin, Dutch, Czech and Vietnamese.

Modules have a theoretical and clinical component. You can choose to do just the theoretical component if you so wish.

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