Monthly Archives: May 2018

PCCN expert working group positions available

Safer Care Victoria is looking for clinicians and consumers to help drive a statewide response to improve health outcomes for older people and those in palliative care. The two working groups are:

–  Recognition and response to life limiting illness
–  Care of the dying person. .
Application packs, further information and closing dates are  here.

National Palliative Care Week 20-25 May

Holistic approach to palliative care required for consumers and carers
Palliative Care Australia, Consumers Health Forum of Australia and Carers Australia released the Consensus Statement: Carer and Consumer Engagement in Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care today at the National Palliative Care Week Parliamentary Breakfast in Canberra.

Palliative Care Australia CEO, Liz Callaghan said the consensus statement highlights the need for palliative care and end-of-life care to be strongly responsive to the needs, preferences and values of people, their families and carers.

(Source: Consumers Health Forum)

One thousand biographies celebrated at EPC

Congratulations to EPC and its 94 trained volunteer biographers, who celebrated the completion of one thousand biographies since this pioneering program began in 2006 at a luncheon held this week. You can read more about the program here.

Desirable funding model for palliative care

Professor Stephen Duckett argues that palliative care services are cost effective but that government funding arrangements do not reflect this, often encouraging hospital over home death, and inhibiting access.  He includes a summary of his suggested potential new directions and approaches for palliative care.

Access the full Palliative Matters article.

Palliative Care Barriers Survey

The Australian Government has commissioned a project exploring barriers to palliative care for nine population groups that are under-served or have complex needs.  Staff and volunteers who work with these groups in any capacity are invited to share their views by completing this survey which closes on 24 June. Further details available here.

Creating Compassionate Communities- Building Death Literacy Conference

Compassionate Communities is a whole of community approach to end of life support where caring for one another at times of need, loss and/or crisis becomes the task and responsibility of everyone.

At the heart of this movement for change, is the adoption of a whole of community approach where formal care provision and informal support networks come together to provide support for people who are dying and grieving.

This two day conference will bring together individuals and groups working at the threshold of innovation in the health space and in community initiatives  and who wish to develop the critical awareness and skills in:

  • Community engagement and community development
  • Social networks and capacity building
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Evaluating change

To make the most of your learning and networking, we encourage you to register for both days of the conference.

Who is the conference for?

Death literacy conferences bring together an eclectic mix of people from palliative care, primary health, funeral services, celebrants, end of life doulas, care workers, chaplains, as well as researchers and policy makers….. [Read More]

Women’s Health Survey

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to improving the knowledge of women’s health throughout the various stages of their lives, and to providing a trusted world-class health service for women. Our aim is to inspire confidence to create a healthier future for all women. After all, if a woman is well, so too is her family and her community.   The results of this survey will support Jean Hailes’ response to emerging issues in women’s health and the creation of content for free resources such as our digital gateway and our annual Women’s Health Week campaign.   We cannot do this without your help. We would greatly appreciate it if you could promote the survey to your stakeholders. You are welcome to share the link:

The survey is anonymous and takes less than 10 minutes. This small investment of time contributes greatly to our results, leading to promoting practical, positive change for women in the long term. The survey closes on Tuesday, 5 June.

National Palliative Care Week 20-26 May 2018

National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia and supported by the Department of Health to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community. The theme for this year is What matters most? Resources are available to download here including a communications toolkit. If you have any events during the week that you would like listed on the PCA events page, email

Budget shows palliative care should be core business in aged care

Palliative Care Australia CEO Liz Callaghan welcomes the comprehensive palliative care in aged care measure announced in today’s Federal Budget.   “The $32.8 million investment into specialist palliative care support in residential aged care is welcomed and supports PCA’s call that palliative care should be core business in aged care, however this is contingent on matched funding from the states and territories….[Read More]

(Source: Palliative Care Australia)

Dying2Learn MOOC – register now

A place to start the conversation
Dying2Learn is a FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that aims to provide all Australians the opportunity to learn and talk about death, dying, and palliative care.

It is a place for you to learn, overcome the uneasiness in talking about dying and death, and share insights with the wider community. This online course will run from May 28-July 9.

Dying2Learn is delivered by CareSearch, your place of evidence on palliative care. Registration is FREE.
Who is it for?
Dying2Learn is open to any adult who has internet access. You can join whether you are: healthy or living with illness
young or old
friend, relative or a carer of a patient
Registration for CareSearch’s third free Dying2Learn Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will run from 28 May to 9 July. You can get more information and register for the course here.