Australian resident doctors want more palliative medicine education: a survey of attitudes and perceived needs


  • Funding: Department of Human Services ‘Turning Policy into Practice’ grant.

  • Conflict of interest: None.

Jennifer Weil, St Vincent's Hospital, PO Box 2900, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic. 3000, Australia. Email:


Most expected deaths occur in acute hospitals, and medical staff providing end-of-life care are generally not palliative medicine specialists. Through a voluntary self-administered survey, this study explored resident doctors' attitudes to palliative medicine and their perceived educational needs. Fifty-two resident doctors participated (response rate 39%), mostly acknowledging the importance of palliative medicine to their practice and emphasising that further postgraduate education is necessary.