New scholarships to assist aged care workforce to learn about palliative care

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) today announced new scholarships that will cover the costs for aged care workers to attend the Australian Palliative Care Conference in September. PCA CEO, Liz Callaghan said the Continuing Professional Development Scholarships supported by Decision Assist and Palliative Care Australia will give aged care workers who would not usually be able to attend, the opportunity to learn from Australia’s palliative care experts. “While the scholarships are open to everyone working in aged care, those from rural and remote areas will receive special consideration,” Ms Callaghan said. “These scholarships will also provide financial support to those working with the culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex aged care communities. “Knowledge-related barriers are more complex in these groups and particularly for rural and remote aged care workers to have access to training, support and professional assistance,” Ms Callaghan said.
Applications are open and will cover travel, accommodation and conference costs to attend a pre-conference workshop on 5 September and the Palliative Care Australia National Conference in Adelaide on 6-8 September 2017. The conference theme is Connection with Community. For information or to apply for a scholarship, go to www.pca2017.org.au/scholarships.

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