Monthly Archives: December 2016

PEPA Supervised Clinical Attachments

If you care for people with a life-limiting illness, consider taking part in a supervised clinical attachment. Placements are available to general practitioners, nurses, Aboriginal health workers and allied health professionals.

PEPA is free and employers of self-employed participants can apply for compensation towards costs associated with back-fill.

For further details click here or contact the PEPA Manager at

For registered nurses – Div 1 & Div 2 (medication endorsed) and allied health staff

Pastoral Care at End of Life

The University of Divinity through Stirling College will again in 2017 be offering courses in Pastoral Care at End of Life which can be included in a range of graduate and post graduate programs as well as being available by audit.
In semester one 2017 the course Pastoral Care at End of Life: An Introduction will be offered and enrolments are now open. This course is an introduction to the specialist field of pastoral care in palliative care situations which may arise in a number of settings: in the home through community palliative care services; general medical wards & and ICU in hospitals; in specialist palliative care wards or hospices; and increasingly in aged care facilities. It is important and presumed that most spiritual care providers will have some back ground in the theology (appropriate to their faith community) of death, dying, meaning and hope etc. This unit focuses on the practice of working with people in this setting including the capacity to address issues which are potentially religious in flavour in a way that can assist the non-religious person.
For more information go to the Stirling College website or contact:
Heather Tan (content queries) at phone: 03 8415 1144
John Williamson (enrolment, fees etc) at phone 03 9790 1000

Music Therapist

Music Therapist
Eastern Palliative Care (Kew)
Closes 7 January 2017

Palliative Care Nurse

Palliative Care Nurse
Eastern Palliative Care (Kew)
Closes 23 December 2016

Graduate and Professional Development Programs in Palliative Care

Enrolments are now open for the following graduate programs
Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care
Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
A number of modules from are also offered as short courses
For further information and list of course topics click here

GP views sought on End of Life Care and

Adult Palliative Care GP Education
HealthPathways Melbourne is seeking general practitioner (GP) input on Palliative Care Training for GPs.
Please click here to answer this brief survey. It will take approximately two minutes.
For any questions about the survey or about HealthPathways Melbourne, please contact

Spotlight on Projects in RAC: Advance

Advance is a free toolkit of screening and assessment tools and a training package, specifically designed to support nurses in Australian general practices to work with general practitioners (GPs) to initiate advance care planning (ACP) and palliative care in everyday general practice. Only registered and enrolled nurses who are currently working in Australian general practice are eligible to participate in the project.

To find out more about who is involved and why this project is important read more (580kb pdf).

Dementia Palliative Care Guidance

As part of The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Changing Minds programme, a suite of seven guidance documents were developed to support healthcare staff working with people with dementia from all care settings in addressing specific aspects of dementia palliative care

Palliative care clients with a physical or intellectual disability

Southern Metro Region Palliative Care Consortium have developed a series of useful facts sheets regarding palliative care clients with a physical or intellectual disability.

Fact Sheet # 1 – What is Palliative Care
Information for Disability Accommodation Services staff working in Group Homes

Fact Sheet # 2 – What is Advance Care Planning (ACP)?
Information for Disability Accommodation Services staff working in Group Homes

Fact Sheet # 3 – Care Planning for Palliative Care
Information for Disability Accommodation Services staff working in Group Homes

Fact Sheet # 4 – Investigations by the coroner
Information for Palliative Care staff and Disability Accommodation Services staff working in Group Homes

Fact Sheet # 5 – Bereavement in group homes

Decision Assist Aged Care Webinar Series

Decision Assist presents a series of webinars to guide you through the fundamentals of advance care planning. Topics include communication, diversity, grief and loss, recognising when a person’s condition is changing, and how to assist people with planning for their current and future care. Participation in webinars is free.

We’re all different
Thursday 19 January 2017 1.30pm-2.15pm AEST
To Register
George wants resuscitation
Thursday 23 February 2017 1.30pm-2.15pm AEST
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Jane does not want to go to hospital
Thursday 30 March 2017 1.30pm-2.15pm AEST
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Marjorie is breathless
Thursday 27 April 2017 1.30pm-2.15pm AEST
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Do you think dad is dying?
Thursday 25 May 2017 1.30pm-2.15pm AEST
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