Monthly Archives: August 2017

Upcoming changes to medical decision making laws

From 12 March 2018, a person can appoint a medical treatment decision maker with authority to make medical treatment decisions. A person will no longer make a medical enduring power of attorney to do this. In March 2018, OPA will have a new edition of Take Control with step-by-step instructions about how to do this.

The new laws will allow for the creation of new legal documents called advance care directives. Advance care directives may include either or both:
• an instructional directive with legally binding instructions about future treatment the person consents to or refuses
• a values directive which documents the person’s values and preferences for future medical treatment.
If a medical treatment decision maker hasn’t been appointed, the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act specifies who has legal authority to make medical treatment decisions for a person who is unable to make these decisions. For example, this may be the person’s domestic partner.

Click here for further information and to access the OPA advise service

Introduction to palliative care & the palliative approach

Presented by Eastern Palliative Care

This course aims to provide Personal Care Attendants (PCAs), working in aged care facilities, disability, or other community care providers, with an introduction to palliative care.

It explores the comprehensive needs of people at the end of life and their families, and gives an overview of some common issues that confront clients and carers on a day-to-day basis. The course incorporates guidelines for a palliative approach to care.
When: Thursday 14 September 2017, 8.45am – 5pm
Where: 630 Mitcham Rd, Mitcham
Cost: $165
For further information and to register: Click hereRegister by 31 August. Payment is required at time of booking.

Caresearch Education Portal

For the health workforce

Caresearch recognises that the palliative care workforce includes generalist or specialist clinicians in health, aged or community care settings; many who may be in rural, regional or remote environments.

To support the learning needs of the palliative care workforce, the Health Workforce Options pages of the Caresearch Education portal provides details of the different learning options to help develop skills and knowledge including
Major education initiatives
Formal qualifications
Short courses and workshops
Web-based learning and
Clinical experiences

Introduction to Palliative Care Course – Eastern Palliative Care

This course, relevant to all care settings, aims to provide Division 1
and Division 2 RNs with an introduction to palliative care. It explores
the comprehensive needs of the dying and their families and gives
an overview of some common issues that confront professional
carers on a day-to-day basis when caring for the terminally ill.
Option 1 – Day 1 & 2 $330
Option 2 – Day 1, 2 & 3 $490
Option 3 – Day 1,2,3 & 4 $620
Topics include:
Day 1 & Day 2 (MANDATORY)
 Aims and Philosophy of Palliative Care/Palliative Approach
 Gastrointestinal Symptoms
 Respiratory Symptoms
 Pain Assessment & Management
 Nutrition & Hydration
 Dying Process & End of Life Care
 Spiritual Care
 Grief and Bereavement (including Self Care)
 Complementary Therapies
 Communication
Day 3 – Optional
 Malignant Wounds
 Palliative Care Emergencies
 Syringe Drivers (not competency based)
 Dementia
 Advance Care Planning
Day 4 – Optional day on the road
Observing Capacity of Grade 3 nurse visiting clients in the home.
Please note this is capped at 12 participants who have
completed Day 1 & 2Mandatory Day 1 & 2
19th & 26th October
Optional Day 3 – 2nd November
Optional Day 4 – 1 day scheduled between 6th –
10th of November
Venue: Eastern Palliative Care Training Room
1st Floor, Building 2
630 Mitcham Road, Mitcham
Time: 08:45 to 17:00
 Registration 2 weeks before Day 1 commences
 Cost inclusive of morning / afternoon refreshments
and lunch.
 A study manual inclusive of hand-outs and readings is
provided to guide learning throughout the program. The
manual aims to stimulate thinking and encourage useful
discussion which will enrich the participant’s learning
 I point per hour towards yearly CPD requirements
A certificate of attendance is presented to each
attendee on completion of the course.

Using music therapy with residents

1 day course for lifestyle staff
Thursday 19 October 2017, 9.30am – 4.00pm
Banksia Palliative Care Service
472 Lower Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg
Registration $125
Further information visit website

Certificate IV in Bereavement Support

Enrolments for October 2017 intake close Tuesday 31 October 2017
Why study this course?

The 22271VIC Certificate IV in Bereavement Support is a Nationally Recognised VET Qualification.
This course has been designed for those who:
• Have a role in providing bereavement support in their profession, and require the formal training to enhance their professional performance in the workplace.
• Would like to expand their knowledge of grief and bereavement with a view to further studies in this field
Units in the 22271VIC Certificate IV in Bereavement Support
The 22271VIC Certificate IV in Bereavement Support offers a holistic approach to industry activities. While bereavement care and support work are the main focus of the course, the content also incorporates communication, capacity building, and quality management and explores specific workplace duties as found in the real workplace environment.
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (RTO 22004) has developed five (5) of the eleven (11) core units by using their significant industry expertise, while other units have been imported from existing Training Packages. Prospective students who have completed any of the imported units, or those with significant industry or workplace experience, are encouraged to apply for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), thus shortening the length of the course and reducing the course fees.
Delivery and Duration of Course
The 22271VIC Certificate IV in Bereavement Support is a 12-month self-paced online program delivered via a user-friendly Learning Management System, Moodle. Upon enrolment, students are assigned to an intake group and a qualified and experienced Trainer/Assessor will provide tutor support and guidance throughout the duration of the course.
The total cost for the 22271VIC Certificate IV in Bereavement Support is $3,600.00. Payments are made through twelve (12) direct debit instalments. For only $300.00 per month, students will gain access to Learner Guides, e-books and assessments through the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement’s customised Learning Management System, ‘Learnbook’. Student User Guides will also be provided to students once enrolment is finalised and documentation is processed.
If you need assistance with technical and other issues, the RTO’s Student Support Coordinator and the Courses Coordinator will be there to help you every step of the way.

Coalition palliative care commitment

Matthew Guy and Mary Woolridge announced at the weekend that, if elected in 2018, a Liberal Nationals Government would provide an additional $140M to deliver world class palliative care in Victoria. The coalition commitment would fund seven of the nine recommendations set out in PCV’s funding campaign. For full details read the Liberal National media release here and Palliative Care Victoria’s media release here.

Introduction to cultural competence

Interactive online training module $45
Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health
Further details visit CEH website

Palliative Care Victoria campaign for increased palliative care funding

Add you voice to our campaign for better access to palliative care in Victoria
Thank you to everyone who has supported our call to the Victorian Government to commit an extra $65 million a year to improve access to palliative care for all Victorians, when and where they need it.

What can you do to help?
• Sign the campaign petition here
• Ask your social media networks and friends to sign the petition by sharing this link with them• Like and share our posts on twitter and Facebook
• Use the hashtags #PalliativeCareForAll and #springst on your social media posts.
Thank you, your support makes a difference!

Campaign Progress
• A commitment to “further strong support for the palliative care sector” by the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, was reported on ABC News World Today on Tuesday, This podcast interview includes comments by Odette on PCV’s call for increased funding for palliative care (the report starts 20 minutes into the program).
• Our Facebook campaign has reached over 500,000 people.
• Around 800 people have signed the petition – hopefully, numbers will increase exponentially in the coming weeks with your help.
• PCV is meeting with MPs to discuss our call for increased funding – we encourage you to meet with your local MP.