Rachel House offers quality education programs, practical training and mentoring for health professionals across a variety of patient care settings. Improving knowledge and understanding of palliative care enables healthcare professionals to meet the challenge of identifying and providing safe and appropriate care to those with life limiting conditions.

Rachel House works closely with organisations and professionals that provide services to patient’s whose lives are threatened by an illness. This includes national and district hospitals, puskesmas and university nursing schools.

Training is provided through the collective knowledge and experience of leaders and specialists in the field including the Rachel House senior Registered Nurses, local Indonesia palliative care specialists, and visiting palliative care experts from Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.

Through Rachel House training programs, health professionals can expect to learn about:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Psychosocial support
  • Spiritual support
  • Financial support
  • Ethics and the law
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Pediatric vs. adult palliative care
  • HIV AIDS and cancer


Current Rachel House training initiatives include:

Palliative Care Seminars

Rachel House regularly facilitates seminars with the main aim of providing a basic introduction to Palliative Care. International guest speakers frequent these seminars, sharing their expertise and providing tips on practical ways to manage pain and associated symptoms in facilities where specialist services and trained clinicians in palliative care programs may not yet be established.


Clinic-in-a-Box is a program designed to introduce the Registered Nurse to the palliative care approach. It is a structured course that combines theoretical and hands-on learning. The participant is expected to complete a practical training component as well as directed learning activities.

Community Network in Palliative Care (CNPC)

CNPC is a program that combines the strength of community health workers and puskesmas* healthcare professionals. Women, youth groups, doctors and nurses alike are trained in basic palliative care skills, common illnesses occurring in the community, pain and symptom management, and psychosocial and spiritual management. Through this program, Rachel House encourages all community stakeholders to reinforce the spirit of “gotong royong” (collaboration), working together to provide quality palliative care for everyone facing life-limiting conditions at home.
A monthly meeting is held where all trained community health workers and puskesmas healthcare professionals come together to share experiences, coordinate care and refresh their skills and knowledge.