Australia and New Zealand
The educational challenge for palliative care was recognized in Australia a decade ago, in other words, better education in cancer pain and palliative care at undergraduate and postgraduate levels needed to be achieved, through an enhancement of existing education, the introduction of new programmes, and better integration throughout Australia of disparate efforts. Real advances have been made, in particular by the development of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine and the development of new programmes to enhance the palliative approach. However, palliative care education has been diverse and imaginative, at times highly focused and specific, at others more wide-ranging and all-encompassing. Creative and culturally specific responses to the challenges of education are more likely to succeed than imposed formulae and concepts. Teaching has taken many forms: bedside teaching and modeling of the palliative approach, participation in national conferences in the region, and conducting or participating in courses as well as hosting palliative care visitors to Australia and New Zealand.
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