In this update:

Dear subscribers
The Consortium has a new face! The big workplace shakeup has affected the Consortium too!  
As a result, we have two new additions so far: Penny Fletcher is our new Admin and Comms Officer and Jane Turton, our new Shared Care Worker, will work on Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. 
We are in the process of employing a new Aged Care Project Manager and are looking forward to going full steam ahead with the new team soon.
Meanwhile thanks for hanging in there and staying with us! Please don’t forget to share the email update with your colleagues!
Kind regards
Tanja Bahro
Consortium Manager

Tasmanian Palliative Care Conference

Call for Presenters - Expressions of interest close Thursday 15 September 2022
Palliative Care Tasmania is pleased to invite interested individuals or organisations to submit an Expression of Interest to present at the 2022 Tasmanian Palliative Care Conference.
Where: Hobart
When: 17 & 18 November 2022

Further information and expressions of interest

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day - 8 October 2022

What is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD)? It’s an annual unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. With this year’s theme - Healing Hearts & Communities - this annual event offers the opportunity to celebrate the importance of palliative care to quality of life, and advocate for equitable access for all.
The resource toolkit is now available.

Aged Care Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships now open

Scholarships are open to nurses, personal care workers and allied health professionals working in aged care. Studies must be relevant to the care of older people or leadership and management and commence/continue in semester one 2023.
Applications close 10 October 2022

Further information is available from Australian College of Nursing website.


Carers Week 16 - 22 October 2022

National Carers Week is an opportunity to recognise, celebrate, and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of Australia's 2.65 million carers and their caring roles.
National Carers Week runs from Sunday 16 to Saturday 22 October 2022.

Inaugural Australian Paediatric Palliative Care Conference

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand (PaPCANZ) welcome you to the inaugural Australian Paediatric Palliative Care Conference. Listen. Learn. Lead.
When: 13 & 14 October 2022
Where: Online

Over two days, this online conference will deliver rich experiences, knowledge sharing, learning, creativity, and opportunities for collaboration.

See a detailed program on agenda view.
See a summary of the program on program at a glance.
Further information and to register

33rd International Symposium on ALS/MND

The International Symposium is the biggest annual conference dedicated to ALS and MND research. Each year it brings together researchers from around the world to share new understanding of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and motor neurone disease.
When: Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 December 2022
Where: Online
Registrations: Close 30 November 2022 (23:59 UK time)

Further information and to register
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Education & Training Opportunities

For all health professionals
Palliative Care Tasmania | Speaker Series | How to Have Difficult Conversations
When: Thursday 29 September 2022 | 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Further information and to register

PEPA Palliative Approach Workshop | Communication skills
When: Wednesday 16 November 2022 | 9.00 am to 1 pm (AEST)
Where: Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew
Cost: Free - Limited to 16 places

Further information and to register
General practice topics
PEPA Workshop | Symptom Management at the End of Life for GPs
General Practitioners based in Victoria are invited to an interactive session about symptom management in palliative care. Practice Nurses are welcome to attend.
When: Wednesday 14 September 2022 | 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Further information and to register

PEPA Workshop | Palliative Care in General Practice | For doctors in Victoria
When: Tuesday 18 October 2022 | 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Further information and to register

PEPA Palliative Approach Workshop | Communication skills
When: Wednesday 16 November 2022 | 9.00 am to 1 pm (AEST)
Where: Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew
Cost: Free - Limited to 16 places

Further information and to register
Aged care topics
Residential Aged Care Communique 2022 | Spring Webinar Series
Balancing Risk and Duty of Care | What do I do when a resident with dementia refuses to eat?

When: Wednesday 14 September 2022 | 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Further information and to register

PEPA Workshop | Palliative Approach in Aged Care
When: Wednesday 12 October 2022 | 8.30 am to 4.30 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Further information and to register
Specialist palliative care topics
Palliative Care Tasmania | National Dietetic Webinar Topic 2. Nutrition and Palliative Care
When: Thursday 15 September 2022 | 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: $22 - $44

Further information and to register

VCCC Alliance | Monday Lunch Livestream: Can telehealth be used for effective palliative care?
When: Monday 19 September 2022 | 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Further information and to register

Centre for Palliative Care | Masterclass - Advanced Communication Skills
When: Tuesday 11 October 2022 | 9.00 am to 1.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: $385

Further information and to register

Centre for Palliative Care | Masterclass - Physical Assessment
When: Thursday 20 October 2022 | 9.00 am - 3.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Kew, Victoria
Cost: $495

Further information and to register

Centre for Palliative Care | Masterclass - Caring for the Dying
When: Tuesday 22 November 2022 | 9.00 am - 1.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: $385

Further information and to register
Education & Training Opportunities Calendar

See upcoming education and training opportunities 
 SMRPCC's website calendar.

You can view events as a list, by month or by day. To change the view, use the VIEW AS button in the top-right corner of the calendar.

Information & Resources

Parkinson's Disease resource for palliative care staff
A new guide with a summary of information for staff who are caring for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in the palliative stage is now available. This guide:
  • sets out an example care plan with issues that are commonly faced in the terminal stages
  • reviews specific symptom management
  • notes which medications for people with PD are contraindicated and suggests substitutes
  • includes contact details for further help and information.
To access this guide please contact SMRPCC manager Tanja Bahro at 
Advance Care Planning Improvement Toolkit
The Advance Care Planning Improvement (ACPI) Toolkit supports the uptake and quality of advance care planning and advance care directives across Australia. Launched by Advance Care Planning Australia, the ACPI Toolkit provides health and aged care services with resources to support:
  • organisational advance care planning uptake
  • performance monitoring
  • quality improvement.
Find out more about accessing and using the toolkit in your workplace to support advance care planning. 
Free Easy English booklets and posters
Originally developed for people with an intellectual disability, these booklets and posters would also be suitable for anyone seeking easy-to-understand information. There are five booklets and two posters in the series and are available to view or order in hard copy from Palliative Care Victoria's website.
Community Wills Program
Forty Four Degrees is a legal firm who assist the community and vulnerable Victorians by drafting simple wills and powers of attorney at low cost. They have partnered with Calvary Health Care Bethlehem for a number of years and can visit the hospital or home if required. For further information please contact Eva Bluett at
Palliative care factsheets for CALD communities
These simple fact sheets on how palliative care can help have been developed in consultation with palliative care services and over 20 language groups. The factsheets are available to download and print from Palliative Care Victoria's website.
New IPEPA palliative care videos
Indigenous Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (IPEPA) has five new videos which explore understanding around palliative care, and what happens when diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.  
Find more
IPEPA resources on their website.  
Regular online information sessions | Office of the Public Advocate (OPA)
The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) has introduced a series of short weekly webinars and longer monthly webinars, that cover the following topics on a rotating schedule:
•    Enduring powers of attorney,
•    Medical treatment decision-making, and
•    Guardianship and administration
No registration is required, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. 

For further information, a calendar of events, and links to the sessions, visit the Information sessions page of the OPA website.
Clinical Practice Group Guidelines
The Gippsland Region Clinical Practice Group have developed Clinical Practice Guidelines to assist health service and clinical staff to facilitate evidence based practice in palliative care.

Clinical guidelines are intended to provide general advice to the medical, nursing, and allied health staff working with clients who have life limiting illness.
View a comprehensive version of the guidelines here

Videos - handover and needs rounds in RACFs
To build capacity and knowledge regarding handover and needs rounds in RACFs, North and West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium has developed two short videos. The videos are designed to provide quick and engaging messaging; useful for RACF staff.
Access the videos here

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Who we are & how you can contact us: 

Tanja Bahro | Consortium Manager | 0418 584 106 | 
Jane Turton | MND Shared Care Worker | 0428 264 446 |
Penny Fletcher | Admin & Communications Officer | 0428 485 136 |

Our members include:

Ex officio members include:

  • Bolton Clarke
  • Cabrini Palliative Care Services
  • South East Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN)
  • South Eastern Private Hospital
  • Southern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS)
  • St John of God Health Care

For general inquiries to the SMRPCC please email

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