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Professional Development Education for Teachers Raises Awareness of Paediatric Palliative Care in Schools

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Australia in partnership with Palliative Care Australia’s (PCA), Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan Project Team with funding support from the Australian Government has released an updated version of the online EDMed professional development course for teachers. This new development course includes a new section titled ‘Children with Life Limiting Conditions’ and included in the Partnerships and Siblings section additional information has been added to support teachers when working with a sibling of a child with a life limiting condition.

The EDMed professional development course was first created in 2011 to provide teachers with information on common childhood illnesses, focusing on the physical, social, academic, and emotional impact on a child’s education.

The course content is designed to empower teachers with the skills and information necessary to meet the educational needs of seriously ill children.

Since its inception, the EDMed professional development course has been completed by over 30,000 educators and pre-service teachers nationally. The feedback RMHC has received from those that have completed the course indicated the need for further information on how to support children with life limiting conditions.

In partnership with PCA, RMHC has taken on board participant feedback by incorporating information on paediatric palliative care into the EDMed professional development course. The new module includes case studies and videos from families and schools that have been involved with paediatric palliative care services.

RMHC Australia will promote the revised EDMed course with primary and secondary teaching staff across the country as well as tertiary institutions that offer undergraduate teaching training.

To access the online EDMed professional development course *click here*

Sections of the course have been funded as part of the Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan Project.  The Project received funding from the Australian Government.