Monthly Archives: March 2017

Discounted resources for National Palliative Care Week 2017

Living, dying & grieving well
PCV member organisations can request 2 boxes of this booklet free – only cover cost of postage.
To take advantage of this offer please email completing details.

The Dreamers – life, death and dreams
This lovely coffee table book is being offered at half price in the lead up to NPCW 2017.
Access the online order form on our website here

New guide for initiating end-of-life conversations with multi-faith communities

ACPTalk, a national advance care planning resource for health professionals

Health and aged care provider Cabrini has launched a new website to support health professionals to have sensitive conversations about advance care planning with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds.

The resource, ACPTalk, was developed in partnership with national and state religious and cultural organisations to build the knowledge and skills of health and aged care professionals working with diverse communities.

ACPTalk includes features such as:
•a search function to find information about a specific religion or faith
•conversation starter help and example scripts
•information on advance care planning law
•language and communication tips to support advance care planning
•external links to ACP resources, videos, and religious and cultural resources.

Project lead, Amanda Pereira-Salgado from the Cabrini Centre for Nursing Research, said the free resource was the first of its kind in Australia.

“Until now, there has been no Australian based, standalone website providing guidance about advance care planning within several religious and cultural contexts,” said Ms Pereira-Salgado.

“Given the multicultural and multi-faith nature of the Australian community, there was a great need for a resource such as ACPTalk. Importantly, the religious content on the website was derived from interviews with religious leaders and has undergone extensive review by the leaders themselves, representatives of major national and state religious bodies and other stakeholders.”

Professor Lee Boyd, executive director of nursing and the Cabrini Institute, said the website was an important resource for health and aged care workers.

“Although it may seem confronting, conversations about end-of-life choices don’t have to be sad or negative – in fact, they can be empowering opportunities to share thoughts about living our lives to the full and to have certainty and confidence around important decisions for ourselves and our loved ones. We need to make the right choices for ourselves about our care and to have ownership of those choices,” she said.

The project was funded by the federal Department of Health.

Access the website here or for more information email

Culturally sensitive palliative care

The Families & Patients section of the Palliative Care Victoria website has downloadable bilingual brochures about palliative care in 17 community languages, each with an audio file. We encourage you to add this link to your website:

Working beyond CALD communities
Culturally sensitive palliative care extends beyond just CALD patients and families in the view of Dr Rodney Tucker. At the Birmingham UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care staff learn to work with patient and family choices that are influenced by five factors. The Centre is also exploring the use of technology to extend the reach of their services. You can read more in the NEJM Catalyst blog post here.

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, Carol Pyke at

Advance care planning for people living with dementia


104 Riversdale Road
VIC 3122


Friday 24 Mar 2017 from 9:30am to 4:00pm (Australia/Melbourne)

Closing date

Friday 24 Mar 2017 7:30am (Australia/Melbourne)

Start talking: supporting people with dementia through advance care planning- This free one day interactive workshop is designing specifically for direct care community workers interacting with people living with dementia in their homes.

Learning Outcomes:
•The importance of Advance Care Planning, especially in dementia
•Develop skills to ‘have an Advance Care Planning conversation’
•Become familiar with the legal framework supporting Advance Care Planning
•Know which documents can be useful to support Advance Care Planning
•Know where to access resources to further Advance Care Planning education and skills
•Understand when you need to seek advice/referral

Suitable for:

Direct care community workers interacting with people living with dementia in their homes.
Further information and booking

Free online palliative care training

Helping health professionals and others providing palliative care to aged persons in the community to improve the quality of their practice.

This project is funded by the Department of Health and is developed jointly between AHHA and Silver Chain Training, with input from industry and other specialists.

This free online training is designed for the Australian health context, and is available to participants by simply registering and completing the following User Enrolment Survey after logging in.

New medical decision making laws webinar

The new Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 makes some significant changes to advance care planning and medical treatment decision making for Victorians. The McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer and Cancer Council Victoria hosted a free webinar for health professionals outlining key changes and what this means for clinicians in practice

Access the webinar here


Aged Care Webinars

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.

Registrations to view webinars can be completed using the links below. This information is also available in the Decision Assist Aged Care Webinar interactive flyer (198kb pdf) which is ideal for e-mail distribution providing direct access to registrations for webinars and also to view past webinars on YouTube, or can be printed and displayed in areas for staff to view.

We value your input into our webinars. When you register for a webinar, you are invited to ask a question or submit a suggestion. Whilst we attempt to respond to a range of submissions during live webinars, we may not be able to address all of them due to constraints of time and scope.
We may therefore consider your questions and suggestions in the development of future webinar content and other Decision Assist activities.

If you have further feedback or require an individual response to a question, please email
Upcoming Aged Care Webinars ◾Jane does not want to go to hospital
Thursday 30 March 2017 1.30pm-2.15pm AEST
To Register
◾Marjorie is breathless
Thursday 27 April 2017 1.30pm-2.15pm AEST
To Register
◾Do you think dad is dying?
Thursday 25 May 2017 1.30pm-2.15pm AEST
To Register
You can also view the webinars on Decision Assist’s YouTube channel

The role of palliative care in heart failure

Nathan Goldstein, Chief of the Division of Palliative Care for Mount Sinai Beth Israel, discusses his experiences and research focused on improving communication and the delivery of palliative care to patients with advanced heart failure, including for patients with ICDs and VADs (and other interesting acronyms) in this GeriPal podcast (21:39).

On today’s podcast we interview Nathan Goldstein (@drnategoldstein), Chief of the Division of Palliative Care for Mount Sinai Beth Israel. We discuss his experiences and research focused on improving communication and the delivery of palliative care to patients with advanced heart failure, including for those folks with AICD’s and LVADs (and other interesting acronyms).

MND videos

Find presentations from the last ALS/MND international alliance conference here

Access the latest MND research videos here