Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

November 2021

Monthly Update
In this update:

Imprest medication grants - Applications close this Friday
SMRPCC Annual Clinical Forum - New date announced 
ACP Australia - New website content for aged and health care workers
MND Association virtual conference - 7 to 10 December  
PCNA Conference 2022 - Abstract submissions now open
OPA - Monthly information sessions
Online calendar of local training and education opportunities
Education & training opportunities
     For GPs and practice nurses
     For those working in aged care
     For clinicians interested in end-of-life law 
     For everyone
Information & resources
     New app: Palliative Care Education Directory (PaCE) 
     Report: 2021 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference
     A practical guide to building resilience
     Fact sheet: Self care for those in the helping professions
     Revised guidelines: Delirium Clinical Care Standard 
     ACP form: For a person with insufficient decision-making capacity  
Information & support hub: Trauma and aged care
     Guidelines for management of COPD
Responding to COVID-19 - Multiple resources and links to key websites
About the SMRPCC

Applications close this Friday (12 Nov)

We are offering five grants to the value of $1500 (inclusive of GST) each for residential aged care facilities in the Southern Metropolitan region. Facilities can use the money to reimburse the cost of the permit, purchase of a safe or the costs incurred for the purchase of any medication.

All facilities in the region can apply - applications are open until Friday the 12th of November

 Applications will be assessed according to the following selection criteria:

  • Commitment from facility executive
  • Preparedness to engage with the SMRPCC including follow up post implementation
  • Preparedness of staff to participate in the development and implementation of their site-specific imprest system, including completing the application form, reviewing policies and procedures and liaising with all relevant stakeholders.
  • The facility can articulate the benefits to residents and staff of having an onsite medication imprest system.
For further information or to apply: View the flyer and the application form

SMRPCC Annual Clinical Forum: Covering all the bases

New date confirmed: Thursday 24 February

Thank you for your patience while we reconsidered our plans to ensure our annual clinical forum could be delivered safely to our colleagues working in our member services.

With mandatory vaccinations for those working in the health sector, and Victoria's success at achieving the target of 80% of the eligible population being fully vaccinated, we have rescheduled the forum to Thursday 24 February 2022.
We look forward to welcoming staff from our regional specialist palliative care services to a day of sharing, learning and networking! 

The forum will be held at the usual venue; Sandy by the Bay at the Sandringham Football Club and we'll confirm the program and provide registration details in the December email update.

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New website content

Especially for aged and health care workers

Advance Care Planning Australia have updated their website content to help aged and health workers understand their role and responsibilities for advance care planning.

The new and updated information provides guidance to ensure quality ACP processes, conversations, documents, storage, and activation.

MND Association Virtual Symposium

7 - 10 December 2022

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. 
This virtual event will feature platform presentations from invited plenary speakers and oral presenters focusing on basic science, clinical research and disease management, as well as updates on clinical trials. There will be plenty of opportunities to catch-up with colleagues, network with fellow delegates and members from industry through participation in live Q&As and discussions, networking functions, live poster sessions, and connecting with others in the Meeting Hub to live chat, call, or schedule meetings.

For further information, to view the program or to register: Click here.

Registrations and abstract submissions now open

This biennial conference brings together Australian and New Zealand nurses with an interest in delivering high quality, contemporary palliative care. In 2022 the conference will be delivered in a virtual format over 4 days from 1 - 4 May.

Abstracts are open until 4 February and early bird rates are available until 1 April.

For further information, including the full program: Click here

Regular online information sessions

Free and presented every month 

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.
Education & training opportunities calendar

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. 

Education & training opportunities

For GPs and practice nurses

Pain Management in Palliative Care for GP’s (online)

Presented by Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

This 2-hour workshop is for General Practitioners based in Victoria who care for people with a life-limiting illness. Practice Nurses are also welcome to attend. 

Facilitated by:  Dr Fiona Runacres, palliative care specialist, with clinical appointments at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem and Monash Health.

When: Wednesday 17 November 6pm – 8pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here
Please note: This workshop includes a prerequisite activity – details are available through the link above.

For those working in aged care

Dealing with racism in aged care

Presented by National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)

Older Australians and Australia's aged care workforce are increasingly diverse. In order to comply with The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission's Quality Standards, it is important for aged care staff to identify and mitigate cultural conflict. This evidence-based highly interactive workshop will draw on the experience of participants and address and focus on: 

  • Aged Care Standard 1 - Consumer dignity and choice
  • Aged Care Standard 7 - Human resources
  • Aged Care Standard 8 - Organisational governance
  • Identifying and responding to cultural conflict
  • Creating culturally-safe environments for older people and staff

When: Wednesday 24 November 9.30am - 12pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: $180
For further information or to access the modules: Click here

From Pandemic to Endemic: The Future of Aged Care and COVID-19

Presented by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

Join LASA and an esteemed program of experts at this virtual forum as they explore and present the latest thinking and evidence about what an aged care sector where COVID-19 is endemic will look like. The program has been designed specifically to assist senior industry professionals from age care providers across residential, retirement living and seniors housing, home and community care to engage in the next phase of what has proved to be another seminal feature of life in aged care.

When: Tuesday 30 November 9.30am - 4.30pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: $495 (members) & $825 (non-members)
For further information, to view the program or to register: Click here

Victorian Aged Care Education & Training (VACET)

Developed by ACEBAC at La Trobe University

The scope of this education and training package is to build capacity and capability within the Victorian Residential aged care sector workforce. The focus is on three care areas:

  • Dementia Care
  • Recognising and providing a palliative response to care
  • Oral and dental hygiene and links to health and well-being

Each category of learning has a number of modules that have been designed to be completed in around 30 minutes.

When: On demand
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to access the modules: Click here

For clinicians interested in end-of-life law

End of life law for clinicians

Developed by the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative

This free, online national training program is for allied and other health professionals about the law relating to end of life decision-making. There are 10 training Modules which cover the key concepts of end of life law including: 

  • The role of law in end-of-life care
  • Capacity and consent to medical treatment
  • Withholding and withdrawing treatment
  • Advance Care Planning and Advance Care Directives
  • Substitute decision-making
  • Legal protection for providing pain and symptom relief
  • Children & EOL decision making
  • Futile or non-beneficial treatment
  • Emergency treatment for adults
  • Managing conflict 

When: On demand
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to access the modules: Click here

For everyone

Let's talk about death over Zoom

Presented by Calvary Health Care Bethlehem  

Talking about death doesn’t have to be difficult. Calvary Health Care Bethlehem conducts this online session to enable participants to sit back, relax and be guided through the discussion over a cuppa.

When: Thursday 11 November 3pm - 4.30pm 
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or register: Click here

2021: A year in review. Panel perspectives from palliative care and beyond. 

Pal-Spectives: In Conversations series

Presented by Palliative Nexus 

Join this free webinar for reflections and discussion with a panel whose expertise spans many aspects of palliative care and the community within which we live. The panel will consider what can be learned from such a year and what things should we be putting in place so that individuals and palliative care as a whole can thrive going forward?

When: Wednesday 17 November 4pm 
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or register: Click here

Understanding dementia MOOC 

Presented by Wicking Dementia Centre, University of Tasmania

This free online course offers the latest in dementia research and care. It provides knowledge designed to maximise quality of life across the journey of dementia for people with the condition, their families and caregivers. Average of 3 hours per week over 7 weeks to complete.

When: February 2022
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or register: Click here

Information & resources

Palliative Care Education Directory (PaCE) 

PaCE is a resource directory for educators and health and aged care providers in the form of a mobile-responsive web-based app. PaCE helps you find palliative care-related learning and teaching resources for a variety of professions and practice contexts. The directory includes information for approximately 200 resources developed by the National Palliative Care Projects. 

Report: 2021 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 

This report compiles the Croakey Conference News Service coverage of the 2021 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference and covers a variety of topics including lessons and challenges for palliative care amid a pandemic, how we ensure good and dignified deaths in COVID-19 and beyond and, palliative care needs to address end of life discrimination experienced by LGBTIQ+ people. 

Building resilience: A practical guide 

In this booklet, developed by the NHS in the UK, you will find information about what resilience is and why it matters. The contents include information and activities about the importance of resilience, recognising and coping with pressure and stress, and personal development to build your own resilience, health & wellbeing.

Self care for those in the helping professions: Fact sheet 

This fact sheet produced by the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reminds those working in the helping professions that looking after your well-being will help you to be productive and care for others. It includes strategies to support workplaces to support self-care and practical tips for personal self-care.

Delirium Clinical Care Standard: Revised guidelines 

This updated clinical care standard aims to improve the prevention of delirium in patients at risk – and the early diagnosis and treatment of patients with delirium. The Delirium Clinical Care Standard is made up of eight quality statements, a set of indicators for safe and appropriate care and includes sections especially for consumers, for clinicians and for health service organisations.

New advance care plan form 

Advance Care Planning Australia has released a new national form for advance care plans that can be used for a person with insufficient decision-making capacity. The document is most relevant to aged care services, and especially residential aged providers as many people living in residential aged care have cognitive impairment and may have lost decision-making capacity.  

Information & support hub: Trauma and aged 

Many older people have experienced trauma at some point in their life. Aged care workers can also be exposed to trauma as part of their work. This online hub from Phoenix Australia makes available free information and resources for people affected by trauma and those who support them.

Guidelines for management of COPD 

This COPD-X Concise guide provides a concise summary of the key evidence-based recommendations from  The COPD-X Plan:  Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of COPD.

This resource addresses the five key areas of clinical practice for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Australia and includes practice tips and highlights relevant sources of further information where applicable.

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 

For those working with people with a CALD background


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: 


Name                            Role                                        Phone                            Email
Tanja Bahro............ Consortium Manager..............0418 584 106
Tess Storr................Administration Officer.............0428 485
Jane Newbound......Aged Care Project Officer..... .0433 418 
Lee-Anne Henley....MND Shared Care Worker......0428 264

Our members include:

Ex Officio Members include:

  • Cabrini Palliative Care Services
  • Bolton Clarke
  • Southern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS)

For general inquiries to the SMRPCC please email 

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