In this update:
  • Review "The Green Book" survey
  • National Palliative Care Week | 22-28th May 2022
  • Noala Flynn AM Awards | nominations close 14 April 2022
  • North and West Metropolitan Region RACFs webinars
  • Palliative Care Victoria Volunteers Conference | 18 May 2022
  • Education & Training Opportunities
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Information & resources
  • Responding to COVID-19

Review  'The Green Book'

The Paediatric Palliative Care – National Action Plan project team are updating this critical resource for Paediatric Palliative Care Providers' A Practical Guide to Palliative Care in Paediatrics' [also known as the Green Book].
To help update the resource, please complete the needs analysis survey. It only takes 10 minutes.
Complete the Survey

National Palliative Care Week (NPCW), held from 22 – 28 May 2022, is Australia’s largest annual awareness-raising initiative held to increase understanding of the many benefits of palliative care.

From Sunday 22 – Saturday 28 May 2022, virtual and face-to-face events will be held across the country to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and dedication of all those working and volunteering in the palliative care sector across Australia.
Submit your event here

Noala Flynn AM Awards - nominations close 14 April 2022!!

These awards recognise excellence in palliative care nursing within Victoria. Nominations can be made by work colleagues, patients and their families. Further information or to nominate using the easy online form.

The North and West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium have developed two short webinars for the sector to build capacity and knowledge regarding handover and needs rounds in RACFs. The videos have been designed to provide quick and engaging messaging; useful for RACF staff.

Access the Webinars

Handover to Residential Aged Care Facilities

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Sharing this monthly update is best done by forwarding it because it keeps the links. However, if you cannot forward this update you can print a copy and display it on your staff noticeboard.
The printed version includes instructions (on the last page) to view the update on our website and access the links to services, resources and educational opportunities.
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Education & Training Opportunities

Introduction to Palliative Care for Registered Nurses (Div 1 & 2) - Eastern Palliative Care

Day 1 & 2 (mandatory) | Day 3 & 4 (optional)
When: Thursday May 5th, 12th and 19th 2022, 8:45am - 5:00pm
Where: Eastern Palliative Care, 630 Mitcham Road, Mitcham
For further information email or call 1300 130 813
Download the Brochure

Torres Strait Islander Palliative Care Webinar - Gwandalan National Palliative Care Project

When: Tuesday April 19th, 11:30am-12:30pm
Where: online delivery
Registration cost: Free
For further information: Meeting Registration - Zoom or email: 

Caring for the Dying  - A Guide for Health Professionals Masterclass April 2022 - Centre for Palliative Care

This advanced practice masterclass is a must for clinicians supporting people dying in any care setting
When: Thursday April 28th, 9:30-1:00pm
Where: online delivery
Registration Cost: $395
For further information: The Centre for Palliative Care - Event - Caring for the Dying Masterclass 2022

Clinical Ethics Masterclass for Senior & experienced Clinicians - Centre for Palliative Care

Delivered in two modules over one day
When: Thursday May 5th, 9-3pm
Where: online delivery
Registration cost: $495
For further information: The Centre for Palliative Care - Event - Clinical Ethics Masterclass 2022

Palliative Care in a Humanitarian Crisis - European Association for Palliative Care, Pre-congress webinar

When: Tuesday May 17th, 8:00pm 
Where: online delivery
For further information: Webinar Registration - Zoom

See upcoming local and online activities

Education and training opportunities are listed on our website calendar and can be viewed as a list, by calendar month or by day. 
Simply use the View As button on the right side of the page to make your selection. 


Applications are now open for a number of Australian College of Nursing Scholarships.

Graduate Certificate Scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Nurses

Applications close: 11:59pm, Wednesday 20 April, 2022

Victorian Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Scholarship Program

Applications close: 11:59pm, Thursday 28 April, 2022

Aged Care Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships

Applications close: 11:59pm, Thursday 5 May, 2022

Mental Health Nursing, Allied Health and Psychology Scholarships

Applications close: 11:59pm, Thursday 12 May, 2022

For more information and the application process visit Scholarships – Australian College of Nursing

Information & resources

National Palliative Care Standards for All Health Professionals and Aged Care Services:

These Care Standards have been developed to complement the National Palliative Care Standards (NCPS) 5th edition 2018, with the aim of supporting better experiences and outcomes for people receiving generalist palliative care.

View the Standards

LGBTQ+ Toolkit for Palliative Care and End of Life Decisions

ACON has created this toolkit to make it easier to open conversations about death and dying through an LGBTQ+
lens and help to explore the different issues faced in a palliative care setting.

Treat Support Yourself 5-day Program

This is a free 5-day program to help build strength to support yourself.
Join Now


Ask Annie - Dementia Australia

Ask Annie is a purpose-built app to support care workers through self-paced professional development. 
To show support to the sector, the first three modules will also be free of charge.
Modules included:

  • The key ingredients for dementia care.

  • Understanding dementia and person-centred care.

  • Fundamentals of good communication.

Palliative Care Conversations - train the trainer resource

This is the second edition of the SMRPCC Palliative Conversations resource, aimed at providing experienced palliative care professionals with a helpful 90 minute workshop to teach people about referral to palliative care and how to have the conversation about it.
The resource has been evaluated and widely used. For further information and to obtain a copy of the resource, please contact:

Responding to COVID-19

Information & resources 

For the latest COVID-19 health and clinical advice

Department of Health & Human Services

This website includes the most up-to-date Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources, information, plans and guides for health professionals working in Victoria.

Especially for those working in palliative care


Resources from Caresearch 

Caresearch has multiple web pages that list resources for palliative care and care at the end of life in the COVID-19 context and according to role, setting, or source.


Especially for those working in the aged care sector


Resources from DHHS 

The Department of Health and Human Services has a web page with information and resources to support the aged care sector in responding to the coronavirus disease.

Resources from ELDAC

ELDAC's Being Prepared for COVID-19 page is being updated regularly, with specific information for:
  • aged care
  • services and organisations
  • GPs and other health professionals
  • older people and their families
  • the workforce
  • people who speak languages other than English 

Fact sheets in easy-English and 56 other languages 

The Department of Health and Human Services (Vic) has created web pages and resources in 56 languages which provide Information, updates and advice about the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Topics include: 
  • Face coverings
  • Current restrictions
  • Advice for all Victorians
  • Support available
  • Resources

Information in audio and video format

Health Translations is the one site where people can access high-quality consumer-focused translated materials on COVID-19 produced by government & community agencies Australia-wide.
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Who we are & how you can contact us: 

Tanja Bahro | Consortium Manager | 0418 584 106 | 
Jane Newbound | Aged Care Project Officer | 0433 418 010 | 
Lee-Anne Henley | MND Shared Care Worker | 0428 264 446 |
Amy Bishop | Administration & Communications Officer | 0428 485 136 |

Our members include:

Ex Officio Members include:

  • Cabrini Palliative Care Services
  • South East Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN)
  • Southern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS)

For general inquiries to the SMRPCC please email 

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