Monthly Archives: January 2018

PCA calls for palliative care to be made a national health priority

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has called on the Council of Australian Governments to recognise palliative care as a national health priority and for the federal government to appoint a national commissioner, who would address the fragmentation of services and funding. You can read more in The Age, access PCA’s 2018-19 Pre-Budget Submission here, and watch Liz Callaghan discussing the issue on ABC News Breakfast (6:06).

Palliative Care On-line Training

Presented by Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA)

This highly regarded training has been rebuilt on a new, more stable technology platform and is once again available for FREE!

The palliative care online training is based on the PalliAGED evidence base. The training has been developed by experts and is provided in simple, plain English. Through interactive activities, video case studies and easy to understand examples, you will build skills and knowledge.

There are 6 modules available:
• Modules 1 – 4 are based on the COMPAC best practice guidelines known as ‘The Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting ‘
• Modules 5 – 6 are Skills modules covering Pain management and Recognising deteriorating clients.
Click here for further information or to register.

Historical, theoretical and developmental perspectives on bereavement

Presented by the Centre for Palliative Care

This two day course will examine a range of theoretical approaches to bereavement. Drawing on contemporary theory and evidence-based practice the subject will consider the bereavement needs of special populations.

When: 22 & 23 February, 9am – 5pm
Where: Graduate House, Carlton
Cost: $900
For further information or to register: Click here

Palliative care: The essentials

For all health professionals wanting to up-skill in palliative care

Presented by the Centre for Palliative Care

This two day course covers the principles, policy and standards of palliative care. Practice issues include an overview of malignant and non-malignant palliative diseases, symptom management and caring for an imminently dying person.

When: 8 & 9 February, 8.45am – 5pm
Where: Graduate House, Carlton
Cost: $900
For further information or to register: Click here

On-line course: Caring for LGBTI people with dementia

Presented by Dementia Training Australia

This course assists health and aged care workers and organisations provide culturally competent and inclusive care and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people with dementia. There are 4 modules and each module includes videos, readings and a quiz. The entire course is estimated to take approximately 6 hours to complete.

When: Register by 31 January 2018. The course starts on 1 February and will be available until 16 March
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here

Advance care planning workshop for health and care workers

For all health and care workers

Presented by Advance Care Planning Australia

This one-day workshop is regularly presented at Austin Health in Heidelberg by Austin Health’s Senior Advance Care Planning Clinician. Topics include:
• Benefits of advance care planning
• Medical decision-making
• The role of the substitute decision-maker
• Legal implications of advance care planning
• Advance care planning conversations
• Life-prolonging treatments
• Organisation implementation
When: Thursday 8 February 8.45am – 5pm
Where: Austin Health, Heidelberg
Cost: $300
Further information or to register: Click here

Specialist and Graduate certificates in palliative care

Courses begin on 8 Feb
Be quick – applications close on Friday

The Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care is an ideal introduction to palliative care for all health professionals. This includes doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, pastoral care workers, music and art therapists, working in any setting including inpatient, community and outpatient services. It provides a broad overview of the core concepts and practices of palliative care including practice standards, symptom management, non-cancer contexts, bereavement care, psychosocial issues, support for carers and effective communication skills.

The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care builds on the learning in the Specialist
Certificate and provides students with advanced knowledge and skills. It is
targeted at health professionals working in specialist palliative care services or who
are responsible for providing palliative care in the course of their work.

Cost: Fees apply. FEE+HELP is available for these courses of study
For further information: Click hereTo apply: Click the relevant course link below
Graduate certificate in Palliative CareSpecialist Certificate in palliative Care

OPA Community education

2018 Community education calendar
Planning is now underway for community education events in 2018.
Sessions will be designed for both community members and professionals, and will take into consideration the changes from the implementation of the new Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016, which comes into effect on 12 March 2018.
Topics to be covered include:
enduring powers of attorney
medical treatment decision making
guardianship and administration
advance care planning.
For further information about resources and current events, please contact the Education and Engagement Officer at or call 1300 309 337.

Dying2Learn MOOC 2018

Is death and dying changing in the 21st century? Is how we think about death changing? The Dying2Learn MOOC will challenge you to:
• Think about the language we use when we talk about dying
• Learn about how and what people die from now
• Find out how art, music, and media have shaped our ideas on death
• Discover what happens in the digital world when we die.
You can register for details on the MOOC which will be run again in May 2018. In the meantime you can check out some of the resources developed from the 2016 and 2017 MOOCs on the Sharing Dying2Learn page or join the conversation @Dying2Learn twitter.

Online learning module for allied health staff

CareSearch updated the resources in the Information for Allied Health section and also produced two new My Learning modules (New to Palliative Care and Allied Health).