Compassion Fatigue: The Cost of Caring

2021Compassion Fatigue: The Cost of CaringFree

Event Details

“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and  not be touched by it is as  unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.” (Remen, 2006)
Recognise, understand and prevent compassion fatigue in health professionals and professionals in training.


Medical (ICU, Emergency Department, Acute Medical Wards, Psychiatry), nursing, allied health professionals (clinical psychologists, clinical neuropsychologists, social workers) and students


  1. Understand what compassion fatigue is and be familiar with common cognitive, physical and behavioural symptoms of compassion fatigue
  2. Identify causes and factors that contribute to compassion fatigue
  3. Become familiar with who is at risk of developing compassion fatigue
  4. Know the difference between compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout
  5. Undertake a brief compassion fatigue self-assessment (The PROQOL)
  6. Become familiar with the clinical implications of experiencing compassion fatigue
  7. Become familiar with strategies to prevent and manage compassion fatigue


This short course contains 1 tutorial and 5 case studies


The assessment is submission of the 1 unit self-assessments and 5 case studies.

A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completion of the course.


Course completion requires approximately 2 hours of elearning.

Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on mobiles and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Program materials can also be accessed using a web browser.


Year Around Event (2021)