Monthly Archives: April 2018

Fabulous food for our final days

Chef, Peter Morgan-Jones’ book “Lobster for Josino” will be launched during National Palliative Care Week. In writing the book, Peter worked with palliative care specialist Rod MacLeod, speech pathologist Prudence Ellis, and dietitian Jessica Lynch.  Recipes include gin and tonic lollipops, Scotch mouth swabs, and Christmas pudding mist.  You can read more and order advance copies here.

Palliative Care Podcasts

Palliative Medicine now has 26 podcasts available on its website.  Each podcast is accompanied by an open access copy of the journal article to which the podcast relates.

Scholarships Program


The Eastern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium (EMRPCC) is pleased to offer five scholarships for attendance at a palliative care course or study day for non-specialist palliative care health workers across the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR).

If you work in any health related field within the EMR, you are eligible to apply. There are courses available within the region; however you can apply for a course being held anywhere in Victoria. See below for suggestions.

There are six scholarships available each valued at up to $500. You can apply for funds to cover the whole course (if under $500) or to go toward a course that costs more than $500.

We know that many people require a palliative approach to their care and may not necessarily need to be referred to a specialist palliative service. This scholarship aims to encourage health workers working outside the speciality of palliative care to increase their knowledge and skills to take back to their workplace.

Scholarship applications close at 5.00pm on May 30 2018.

Who can apply?

  • Any health worker employed by a health, disability or aged care service provider
  • Working within the Eastern Metropolitan Region
  • Any discipline including personal care workers

Which course can I attend?

  • Any palliative care related course conducted in Victoria
  • Please phone to discuss if unsure of the suitability of a course or your eligibility

What is my commitment?

  • If you are being considered by the panel for acceptance of a scholarship, you will be required to successfully complete the free online training: ‘Palliative Care: Getting Started’ or similar depending on your discipline. Your certificate of completion will need to be submitted to the Consortium Manager prior to final scholarship approval.
  • You will need to attend the approved course and provide your certificate of attendance to the Consortium Manager. If you do not attend the approved course, all scholarship money will be required to be paid back to the EMRPCC.

You will need to commit to arranging a clinical placement via PEPA. This placement into a palliative care service within the EMR will consolidate your learning and provide vital connections with specialist staff. PEPA provides financial support to your employing organisation to enable you to attend this clinical placement.

For further information and a confidential chat about your application please phone Karen Conte, Consortium Manager on 8804 0651

If you would like to receive an application form to be considered for a scholarship please send your details to Karen Conte at

Suggested courses available:


Eastern Palliative Care


The Centre for Palliative Care:

PEPA placements:

Advance Life Care

Advance Life Care is an innovative online service where you can create your own Advance Care Plan quickly, easily and safely and ensure your wishes are respected in an emergency or if you can no longer voice your decisions. Absolutely free.

New online resource in palliative care

   ‘End of Life Directions for Aged Care’ (ELDAC) aims to improve the care of older Australians. Health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families. Palliative care and advance care planning information, resources and services are now available in one place. ELDAC includes: 

•    Five toolkits to ensure meaningful and practical materials are readily available as needed; and

•    A phone service and web based guidance to help users navigate to the most appropriate resource rapidly.

PEPA is back for 2017 – 2020

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach 

The Centre for Palliative Care is delighted to announce the continuation of the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach, affectionately known as PEPA. PEPA can assist with clinical placements in specialist palliative care services and deliver structured palliative care workshops to single or multi-discipline audiences.

To apply for a Placement or receive more information about the PEPA program, please email or click here

Tough talk: Australians urged to plan for end of life care

Australia’s inaugural Advance Care Planning Week commenced on 16 April, encouraging people of all ages to prepare their personal end of life care plans, to give certainty to themselves and their families

‘Research shows that around half of us will be incapable of making our own medical decisions as we approach the end of our lives’, Minister Wyatt said. ‘Despite this, less than 15% of Australians have recorded an Advance Care Plan. Advance care planning promotes dignity and care that is consistent with a person’s goals, values, beliefs and preferences and can help ensure they receive the right type of treatment at the right time.’   Across the nation during the next seven days, more than 100 events will be held to encourage Australians to discuss their future health care preferences with their loved ones.

For further information click HERE

Greater Choice for at Home Palliative Care program

The $8.3 million Greater Choice for at Home Palliative Care Measure has been formally launched with the February 27th announcement of the ten Primary Health Networks (PHNs) selected to take part in the trial which runs until June 2020. The aim of the measure is “to improve coordination and integration of palliative care across primary, secondary, tertiary and community health services to support at home palliative care for those that choose it”. To learn more about the trial visit the Department of Health website at:

The PHNs selected to coordinate  the program with local and state services, and aged care providers are:

  • Brisbane South;
  • Central QLD, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast;
  • Gold Coast;
  • South Western Sydney;
  • Murrumbidgee;
  • Western NSW;
  • North Western Melbourne;
  • Eastern Melbourne;
  • Adelaide, and
  • Country WA.

Dementia Essentials 3 day Workshops

Develop a comprehensive knowledge of dementia incorporating therapeutic communication techniques, person centred care and how to develop practical strategies to respond to behaviours that require intervention.

Presented by Dementia Australia

Parkville – Thursday 3, 10 & 17 May

Dandenong – Thursday 24, 31 May & 7 June

Watsonia – Wednesday 30 May, 6 & 13 June

Frankston – Thursday 7, 14 & 21 June

Talking to kids about death

In this blog post, GP Dr Sarah Mitchell and author Juliet Clare Bell review kids picture books about death, dying and bereavement. They found more than forty books in English and have reduced this down to a recommended list of 21 books. You can read more about their choices and why at Picture Book Den