Monthly Archives: June 2018

National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study

GP clinics, aged care providers and hospitals are invited to participate in the study, which involves an audit of the health records of people aged 65 and older to determine the prevalence, characteristics and accessibility of Advance Care Directives and other advance care planning documentation. You can read more about the project and apply to join here.


PCA & its Members a United Voice in Canberra

This week, the CEOs of PCA and its state and territory member organisations, held worthwhile meetings in Canberra seeking increased support for palliative care with the Minister for Health, Hon. Greg Hunt, the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Hon. Ken Wyatt, Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens, and the health advisor to the Shadow Health Minister, Catherine King. The Minister for Health asked PCA and its members to prepare a strategic vision for palliative care and end of life care for 2030 by the end of this year. We discussed the need for much improved access to palliative care in aged care, associated workforce changes, and the need to embed palliative care in the new aged care standards and guidance.


Nurses Memorial Centre Scholarships

This year the NMC have five scholarships available for nurses and midwives undertaking postgraduate study at an Australian University in 2019.

Applications open 1 July, closing on 31 August 2018.  For further information or to apply online visit the NMC website.

Smoothing discussion about prognosis and treatment

To help clinicians discuss goals of care with seriously ill patients a framework has been developed with the mnemonic, REMAP: Reframe, Expect emotion, Map out patient goals, Align with goals, and Propose a plan.

VITALtalk have created an educational video for clinicians which steps through the REMAP framework.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – 15th June

In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. It is a global social issue which affects the health, well-being, independence and human rights of millions of older people around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of all in the community. Further information is available from Seniors Rights Victoria.


Professional Development Course – Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care

Do you currently care for people with life limiting illness and their families?

Would you like to improve your skills and knowledge to better meet the needs of adults with life-limiting illness including cancer and chronic diseases?

For more information visit our website

EPC biography volunteers win award

Congratulations to the EPC biography volunteers (all 94 of them) and the four staff who support them on winning the Minister for Health Volunteering Award in the category ‘Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer: Improving the patient experience’.  This is a great tribute to the generous contributions of these volunteers who have enabled more than 1,000 clients to leave cherished life stories for their families.  (Photo: EPC biographer Lee Ewing and client Kristy Pittaway.)

Death and dying 101 – calls made for end of life education to be included in curriculum

Students across Queensland could soon be learning about death and dying in the classroom if action is taken following new calls from the state’s peak medical and palliative care organisations. [Read more]