Cover image for: Nausea and Vomiting in Palliative Care
CPD55m of CPD
Total Rating(s)30
Publish Date06 December 2016
Review Date31 August 2019
Expiry Date06 December 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

Nausea and vomiting are symptoms that are commonly experienced by patients with advanced disease. This Course explores why this is the case and focuses on strategies to manage nausea and vomiting and maintain comfort of the individual.

Topics include:

  • Pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting
  • Assessment of nausea and vomiting
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to reduce nausea and vomiting

Target audience

All healthcare professionals, particularly nurses working in palliative care, aged care, and acute and community care settings.


Consider the application of best available evidence and expert opinion to clinical practice for the management of nausea and vomiting in palliative care settings.


Nausea and vomiting are distressing experiences for people with a variety of advanced and progressive illnesses. Frequently there can be acute bursts of nausea and vomiting, but they are often chronic, extending for long periods of time, particularly in advanced illnesses. Nausea and vomiting impact on a person’s day-to-day activities and on their quality of life, and can lead to additional health problems such as dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and/or malnutrition, adding to a person’s already traumatic experience.

Given the tenet of palliative care is the comfort of the individual, healthcare professionals are in a unique position to assist in alleviating and/or providing symptomatic relief of nausea and vomiting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting
  • Explain how a comprehensive assessment is undertaken of nausea and vomiting
  • Describe the interventions for reducing nausea and vomiting


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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John Rosenberg

Dr John Rosenberg is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in community-based palliative care. He has worked as an educator and researcher in care of people at the end of life. John was responsible for the development of the postgraduate Chronic Disease Management and Palliative Care suite of courses at the University of Queensland School of Nursing and Midwifery. He is a co-author of the Framework of Competency Standards for Specialist Palliative Care Nursing Practice. John is the immediate past President of Palliative Care Nurses Australia Inc., the peak body for nurses in Australia caring for people at the end of life. He was the inaugural Director of the Calvary Centre for Palliative Care Research in Canberra with the Australian Catholic University. John currently works as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Research Excellence in End of Life Care at Queensland University of Technology.

CPD55m of CPD
Total Rating(s)30
Publish Date06 December 2016
Review Date31 August 2019
Expiry Date06 December 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Palliative Care

Further Learning

Learner Reviews


30 Total Rating(s)

Portrait of Fiona  COLLINS
17 Mar 2019

Excellent presentations that systematically went through 3 clearly defined stages. Knowing what areas of the brain are effective provides logical decision making and the rationale for the choice of anti-emetics that are EB.

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Patricia Cid
26 Feb 2019

Great VLA

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Maree Augostin
24 Feb 2019


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Deborah Cheater
11 Feb 2019

Well designed

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Grael Bay-an
08 Feb 2019

The educator is knowledgeable about the topic. References are updated and of relevance to best evidence based practice.

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Julie schiller
06 Feb 2019

The importance of a Comprehensive Assessment & Examination to determine the best practice to alleviate Nausea and Vomiting is presented in this presentation

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Rachel Camara
27 Jan 2019

Easy to follow and understand.

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Chunling Yang
10 Dec 2018

Clear explanation and informative

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Najwa El-Zahab
05 Dec 2018

Good information

Portrait of Susan Langham
Susan Langham
06 Oct 2018

Very relevant to my area of nursing. Very clear and well presented.