Monthly Archives: June 2017

Cross-Cultural Care Program for Aged Care Staff

This free online course helps aged care learn about cross cultural care. There is a specific module dealing with cross cultural care at the end of life.
This program aims to support staff in residential aged care to provide high-quality cross-cultural care for residents and to improve team cohesion.

Information for people with a learning difficulty

Marie Curie has launched a series of easy-read booklets to help people with a learning difficulty to discuss concerns about death and dying, and to better understand end of life care. Four booklets for people living with a life limiting illness and three booklets for those caring for people in this situation. The booklets can be downloaded here. Information for healthcare professionals is available

Help to start a conversation on end-of-life care

Palliative Care Australia has released two new online resources to make it easier for people to record and share their care wishes and preferences at the end of life.

The online Dying to Talk discussion starter and card game were officially launched in Canberra by the Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt during Palliative Care Week.

PCA CEO Liz Callaghan said the online discussion starter resource expands on the success of the printed version, which has been distributed to 15,000 people around Australia.

“The online discussion starter and card game is an easy, interactive and accessible way for all Australians to work out what is most important for them at end of life,” she said.

The online card game includes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific deck to provide culturally appropriate options such as visiting or dying on country.

“After you input your answers you can download, print or e-mail them to yourself, making it easy to share your wishes with your loved ones, carers or healthcare professionals,” said Ms Callaghan.

A national survey conducted by PCA found that while 85 per cent of Australians believe it is important to have a conversation with family about the care they would like to receive at end of life, only a third of people surveyed have actually had the discussion.

Further, 83 per cent of Australians believe it is important to put their end-of-life wishes in writing, but only 21 per cent have done this.

Access the resources here.

New scholarships to assist aged care workforce to learn about palliative care

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) today announced new scholarships that will cover the costs for aged care workers to attend the Australian Palliative Care Conference in September. PCA CEO, Liz Callaghan said the Continuing Professional Development Scholarships supported by Decision Assist and Palliative Care Australia will give aged care workers who would not usually be able to attend, the opportunity to learn from Australia’s palliative care experts. “While the scholarships are open to everyone working in aged care, those from rural and remote areas will receive special consideration,” Ms Callaghan said. “These scholarships will also provide financial support to those working with the culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex aged care communities. “Knowledge-related barriers are more complex in these groups and particularly for rural and remote aged care workers to have access to training, support and professional assistance,” Ms Callaghan said.
Applications are open and will cover travel, accommodation and conference costs to attend a pre-conference workshop on 5 September and the Palliative Care Australia National Conference in Adelaide on 6-8 September 2017. The conference theme is Connection with Community. For information or to apply for a scholarship, go to