Monthly Archives: October 2017

Palliative Care Conversations Program

The Eastern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium is pleased to offer:Palliative Care Conversations flyer
A two hour workshop focused on building your confidence when communicating with patients about a referral to palliative care:
 Understand what palliative care is
 Understand how to make an appropriate palliative care referral
 Understand the settings in which palliative care takes place
 Understand how to have difficult conversations using basic communication skills
 Identify where to get additional training and skill development
Wednesday November 22, 2017 1:30pm-3:30pm
A light lunch will served from 1:00pm
Free parking is available in surrounding streets
Follow this link to register

Places strictly limited

Commonwealth funds end-of-life care projects

Health Minister Greg Hunt this week announced more than $60 million for projects that will help improve quality and access to palliative care. It includes funding to continue work by Palliative Care Australia, PCOC, CareSearch and Advance Care Planning Australia. You can see a full list of the funded projects here.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

– Saturday 14 October
The theme for this year is Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care – Don’t leave those suffering behind. The day aims to raise awareness and understanding of the needs of people living with a life limiting illness and their families and share the vision of increasing the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world. You can learn more and download this year’s resources here.

New tool better supporting care of wounds at end of life

Australia’s palliative care services are working to incorporate more understanding and awareness of wound care in their work with aged care residents and other patients.
Eastern Palliative Care (EPC) in Victoria has developed the client-centred Wound Assessment Tool for specialist palliative care to increase staff knowledge and practices and better meet the psycho-social needs of patients and their carers.

Web Based Learning

There are an increasing number of online teaching resources in palliative care. These vary in relation to: their intended audience
the detail in which content is covered
whether they are accredited for use in continuing professional education
whether they require registration and/or a fee.
Some are fully developed educational programs with training and self-evaluation activities, some are compendia of teaching materials or PowerPoint slides on relevant topics, and a few are discussion starters.

Modules included on this list have been appraised for the quality of their content, and their relevance for palliative care.
The learning outcomes for the activity should build or extend the graduate or specialist capabilities depending on your learning needs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Aged Care
Communication and end-of-life decision making
Evidence based practice
General palliative care approach and philosophy
Nursing issues
Pain management
Palliative Care Curriculum for undergraduates
Research issues
Symptom Management

Short Courses and Workshops

Short courses and workshops provide opportunities for ongoing professional development. The learning outcomes for the activity should build or extend the graduate or specialist capabilities depending on your learning needs.

Short courses related to palliative care are detailed below. Please contact the relevant institution for further information on these palliative care short courses.

Bereavement Counselling Practice Internship
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
(03) 9265 2100

Distance Education Course in Palliative Nursing
International Institute of Palliative and Supportive Studies
(08) 7221 8229

Palliative Care: Getting Started
Centre for Palliative Care
(03) 9416 0000

Using Music Therapy with Residents 1 Day Course for Lifestyle Staff
October 19
Heidelberg, Victoria

Introduction to Palliative Care for RNs (Div 1 & 2) (856kb pdf)
October 19 and 26
Mitcham, Victoria

Palliative care in older people – Latest research, symptom management, communication and residential care
October 30

Telephone Counselling: An Effective Intervention for Supporting the Bereaved
November 14
Mulgrave, Victoria

Palliative Care Essentials
November 16
Heidelberg, Victoria

Supporting People Experiencing Grief, Loss and Bereavement
November 23
Heidelberg, Victoria

Formal Qualifications

A number of Victorian universities and organisations offer postgraduate programs in palliative care.

When choosing a formal qualification, consider whether the learning outcomes for the course build or extend the specialist capabilities in palliative care. Depending on your discipline, there may be discipline specific specialist palliative care competencies which should underpin practice, education and training.

Monash University

Programs offered
Community-based Palliative Care for Health Practitioners (on-line)


University of Melbourne

Programs offered
Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care
Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care


LaTrobe University

Programs offered
Health Promoting Palliative Care (Graduate Certificate)
Master of Health Sciences (Palliative Care Major)


Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Programs offered
Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention
Certificate IV in Bereavement Support


End-of-Life Essentials

Expected Outcomes
The modules develop knowledge and skills to recognise end-of-life issues, to enhance communication strategies and to gain confidence in caring for patients and their families in acute hospitals requiring end-of-life care.

The toolkit resources will sustain and support learning and help learners apply this knowledge in practice.

End-of-Life Essentials Education ModulesThe education modules provide clinically relevant and evidence based learning materials with quizzes, evidence based links and educational videos. Clinicians are encouraged to examine their own practice and build on their individual expertise across a wide range of issues which are fundamental to quality and safe end-of-life care in hospitals.
Module 1: Dying, a normal part of life
Module 2: Patient-centred communication and shared decision-making
Module 3: Recognising the end-of-life
Module 4: How to Plan End-of-Life care (Coming October 2016)
Module 5: Learn how to manage care or concern (Coming October 2016)
Module 6: Health care teams working together (Coming October 2016)

Target audience
All clinical staff working in acute hospitals involved in delivering end-of-life care.

ACP Talk

Expected Outcomes
ACPTalk is a website focussing on sensitive religious and cultural advance care planning, to support health professionals to conduct advance care planning conversations with people from different religions and cultures and raise community awareness of advance care planning.

Online ACPTalk search function

Search function enables users to search a religion and denomination (if appropriate). Information provided includes: background and beliefs, practices, disclosure of medical prognosis and language and advice on having an advance care planning conversation.

Target audience
Health professionals and Community

General content

General advance care planning information, external links and advance care planning law.

Religion and culture content

Links to external advance care planning and palliative care resources.
Advance care planning discussion scripts, incorporating content from religious leaders.

Target audience
Health professionals and Community


Expected Outcomes
The My Learning modules aim to demonstrate how to find relevant evidence and how to use the evidence resources in CareSearch to make a difference in clinical care.

CareSearch My Learning Modules

There are 8 case-based online learning modules that introduce the resources in CareSearch and how they can be used in clinical practice:
My Learning 1: Finding Evidence (Published Literature)
My Learning 2: Finding Evidence (Searching for Evidence)
My Learning 3: Searching the Web
My Learning 4: Residential Aged Care
My Learning 5: Dementia
My Learning 6: Carers
My Learning 7: Knowledge Translation
My Learning 8: Disseminating Research Findings
My Learning 9: New to Palliative Care?
My Learning 10: Allied Health

After completing the learning packages and answering the review quiz, a certificate can be printed for professional records (such as Continuing Professional Development).

Target audience
All health professionals and care providers working in primary care or other non-specialist palliative care settings.