Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate of Nursing – Palliative


Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate of Nursing-Palliative Care is a program (graduate diploma or certificate) for registered nurses who wish to undertake postgraduate studies in palliative care nursing.

Werribee Mercy Hospital provides the clinical component of this course in conjunction with several universities. The student is employed part-time while attending university or completing distance education (depending on the university).

Placements are also offered at Mercy Palliative Care, which provides palliative care for people approaching end of life in aged care homes and the community.

Application process

Entry requirements:

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency registration (Division 1), with current practicing certificate
  • minimum of 12 months’ acute nursing experience
  • evidence of enrolment requirements with university of choice
  • satisfactory references and pre-entrance interview.


Department Information

Werribee Mercy Hospital opened a purpose-built 12-bed palliative care unit in 2005. This state-of-the-art unit provides family-centred care in home-like surroundings.

How to apply

Application procedure

A Mercy Health Application for Employment Form must be completed together with a letter of application and CV, including names and telephone numbers of two professional referees (including professional address).

A letter of application should clearly identify your university of choice and provide the rationale for your application to this program and hospital.

Successful applicants will be required to provide a current Police Check and Working With Children’s Check.

Primary contact

Education and Quality Care Manager
3 Devonshire Road
Sunshine Vic 3020
Phone: 03 9364 9777

Ms Deanne Layton
Nurse Unit Manager Mercy Palliative Care
Werribee Mercy Hospital
300 Princes Highway
Werribee Vic 3030
Phone: 03 9364 9777

Affiliated education institution

University of Melbourne

Last reviewed September 20, 2017.