Palliative care is weekly taught as obligatory undergraduate lesson in Faculty of Nursing not only in National and Kapodistrian University but also in University of Peloponnese.
It is included neither in the Curriculum of Faculty of Medicine nor in other Health Sciences.
In Greece, there are no postgraduate programs exclusively for Pediatric Palliative Care. However, there are 2 programs for Palliative Care:
1. Organization and Management of Palliative and Supportive Care for Chronic Diseases
This PostGraduate program constitutes a cooperation between the Faculties of Medicine and Nursing in University of Athens. Graduates of Health Sciences (Medicine, Nursing) and Human Scinces (Psychology, Sociology) from Greek or other foreign recognized Universities and Technical Schools (Nursing, Social Work, Health Visiting and Physiotherapy) can be admitted.
2. Oncology Nursing – Palliative Care
This PostGraduate Program is realized from Faculty of Nursing in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Applications can be submitted by Graduates of Health Sciences (Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology), Sociology, Social Anthropology and Psychology Programs.
PostGraduate studies abroad
Palliative Care is a distinct Medical Specialty in several countries abroad, and also constitutes a distinct specialization of physicians and nurses through PostGraduate Programs.
Pioneer in this field is the Master in Science / Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine/Palliative Care of Cardiff University.
The non-profit organization “Merimna” organizes educational programs on Pediatric Palliative Care. These programs last 6 or 12 months, take place in Athens and Thessaloniki and combine the theoretical, practical and experiential approach. Lectures are given by experienced Greek and international field scientists, while concurrently the participants are offered the possibility of clinical supervision and educational material.
For more information: www.merimna.org.gr
Interdisciplinary seminars of basic education in Palliative Care are annually organized by the Unit of Palliative Care “Galilee”.
For more information: http://www.galilee.gr/