Monthly Archives: February 2018

New resources added to Palliative Care Victoria website

Three minute videos about palliative care in 15 languages have been added to the PCV community language webpages. Available in Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Maltese, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese they complement the bilingual brochures and audio already available and can be accessed from the ‘More Information’ at the bottom of each language page.

Understanding Dementia MOOC

Understanding Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest in dementia research and care. This free course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of an international community, without requiring exams or assignments.

Understanding Dementia is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds, including:

Health professionals
Community and residential facility support staff
People in the early stages of the disease, their families and carers
Social scientists
Health policymakers
Individuals with a general interest in dementia
Understanding Dementia addresses the foremost issues surrounding dementia, providing avenues for discussion as well as rich global networking opportunities to engage with this major international health Issue. The course provides knowledge designed to maximise quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and carers.
Coursework starts this week for this free online course offered by the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre. More than 13,000 people world-wide have enrolled in 2018. You can find more information about the seven week course and enrol here.

Introduction to Palliative Care for RNs (Div 1 & 2)

This course explores the comprehensive needs of people who are dying and their families and includes an overview of common issues facing professional carers. The 2-day course is relevant to care in all settings. An optional additional 1 or 2 days are offered, one of which is spent observing home visits with clients.
Course 1: Thurs 3 & 10 May (option 17 May & day on road late May)
Course 2: Thurs 18 & 25 October (option 1 Nov & day on road early Nov)
Eastern Palliative Care, 630 Mitcham Road, Mitcham
Registration $340 (2 days) $505 (3 days) $640 (4 days)
Includes catering. Course brochure

Parkinson’s disease MOOC

This free three-week online course developed by the University of Birmingham is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of Parkinson’s disease. Topics include the neurobiology of movement; and the pathology, symptoms, treatments for, and current research about, Parkinson’s disease. Courses commence19 February and 9 April 2018. More information or to register FutureLearn.

Caritas Christi Hospice-video

The Kew inpatient unit is called Caritas Christi Hospice and is located at 104 Studley Park Road in Kew. Patients may be transferred from inpatient units within St Vincent’s Hospital or other hospitals, or be admitted directly from home. Patients are admitted for varying reasons including symptom management, respite, restorative care, discharge planning and end of life care.

Caritas Christi Hospice has twenty dedicated palliative care beds with sixteen single rooms. Every room has a television and free wireless internet connection is available upon request. Room allocation depends on each patient’s needs and as such patients may be required to move rooms during their stay. Caritas Christi Hospice is surrounded by beautiful gardens and easily accessible courtyards for patients and families to enjoy. Kitchen facilities are provided to patients and families, as well as BBQ facilities in the rear garden overlooking the picturesque Yarra River.

The Caritas Christi Hospice team consists of two specialist physicians, a registrar, a junior doctor and nurses dedicated to caring for patients with palliative care needs. Together they provide 24 hour nursing and medical care. The team also includes multi-disciplinary staff who are involved to varying degrees, as required by individual patients. These staff include social workers, pastoral care workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, podiatrists, art therapists, music therapists, massage therapists and hairdressers. As St Vincent’s Hospital is a teaching hospital, Caritas Christi Hospice provides important learning opportunities for students from all vocations, including nursing, medicine and allied health. All students are supervised by an appropriate senior professional at all times.

Mass services are held twice weekly in a dedicated chapel where both patients, families, carers and staff are welcome to attend. Pathology and radiology services, and specialist consultation by other hospital departments are located at the Fitzroy campus but are available for patients as required.

Feeling welcome at Caritas Christi, Kew

Click here to view ‘A Day at Caritas Christi“.

Assistance at home for people with terminal illness

On 14 November 2017, the Andrews Labor Government announced a new (one-off) $10 million fund for not-for-profit non-government organisations to support more Victorians with life-limiting illnesses to be cared for at home as their life draws to an end.

Across Victoria there are a wide range of ancillary organisations that have evolved in response to a need for practical and timely support for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families/carers. These organisations aim to help people to make the most of every moment as their lives draw to an end. They do this by providing support that enable people to remain at home with their families, friends and local communities for as long as possible, often until their death.

These organisations do not provide direct clinical care but, by working with existing clinically focussed services and other funded community services, contribute to supporting people to be cared for and die at home. In so doing, they prevent unwanted hospital admissions where there is no clinical reason for the person to go to hospital.

The supports these organisations provide are an invaluable addition to the direct care provided by palliative care, health and mainstream services. In many instances these agencies bridge a gap between funded health and community services and informal and grass-roots support from family, friends and their community.

For more detailed information and to apply please download the Guidelines and Application form Vic Gov logo.

New Paediatric Palliative Care Resources

The Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt MP launched new paediatric palliative care resources at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne on Tuesday 23 January. The resources were developed by PCA in collaboration with Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand and the project was funded by the Department of Health. Read the media release or watch a video of the launch.

The new website provides practical information about paediatric palliative care to families who have a child with a life-limiting illness, as well as the people who support them. Information is also available for health professionals to better support families and provide quality paediatric palliative care. Paediatric palliative care enables the baby, child or young adult to live in an environment where curative treatment can be part of their life, but not their entire focus. It aims to provide the best quality of life through a holistic approach which supports the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of the child and their family. There are a number of Fact sheets for Ongoing/Palliative Care available to download including a a Spiritual, Religious and Cultural Wishes fact sheet.