GP Service Access chart March 2016 outlines the specific access points to the Eastern region’s palliative care services for doctors.
Decision Assist: Palliative Care phone advisory service, phone 1300 668 908 – Is available to medical practitioners and staff caring for people in receipt of aged care services (residential and community) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registered nurses specialising in palliative care take the calls, with palliative care medical specialists available as required. For further information visit www.decisionassist.org.au
Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) is designed to improve the skills, confidence and expertise of health practitioners who care for people who are dying and their families. This is through supervised clinical placements; palliative approach workshops and professional development, networking and education opportunities. PEPA is available for general practitioners, nurses, allied health and Aboriginal health workers. To register interest or find out more click here
The Victorian Palliative Care Clinical Network provides clinical leadership. Projects include:
- Clinical tools to assist with specialist palliative care provision guides the clinician to validated tools including – a multi-domain assessment; pain assessment; family/caregiver; spirituality; symptoms; performance/function;quality of life; prognosis; care of dying patient
- Bereavement support standards for palliative care services
- Pain Clinical indicators is the evidence based review of clinical indicators of pain in palliative care practice. The review has clinical recommendations on pain assessment and prescribing indicators
The Victorian End of Life Care Coordinating Program provides guidance to non-specialist palliative care staff through a care plan for the dying
Victorian Advance care planning – strategy 2014-18 was released in March 2014. It contains guidance for clinicians on advance care discussions.
Other useful tools or links
Caresearch is the website to search for Australian palliative care information. It has a strong search function and hubs of information for different community and professional groups.
Online videos and education modules: Communication videos – Unsuccessful communication and successful communication; Centre for Palliative Care online learning – palliative care getting started ; Advance Care Planning Australia- free online learning modules
HealthPathways palliative care pages provide a comprehensive guide to GPs including services and management of patients requiring palliative care