Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

March 2022

Monthly Update
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National Palliative Care Week

22-28th of May - It's your right

Please don't forget to order your merchandise for NPCW before Friday the 12th of March!

During NPCW, 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. For more info click here
Missed out on a webinar?
Did you know that you can access recorded webinars for free?
There are many interesting topics to choose from on a number of websites. Here are some examples:
Check out the hot topics series from the Centre for Palliative Care. There is a great one on Parkinson's Disease from 2020 and if you missed out on the recent Death Literacy one Click here

Palliative Nexus also has a great series of recorded presentations. They have a strong research focus. To access Click here 

Palliative Care Nurses Conference - Don't miss out!

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

OPA - 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
When: Thursday 17th March 2022,  6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information and to register Link to register

For those working in aged care

Diversity Strategies within the Aged Care System

When: Wednesday, 23rd of March, 2 pm-3:30 pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Link register


For clinicians interested in end-of-life 

Disenfranchised Grief - the grief centre

When: Wednesday, 16th of March, 11 am-1 pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: $79
For further information or to register: Click here

Advanced Communication Skills Masterclass - Centre for Palliative Care
When: Thursday, the 24th of March, 9 am-1 pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: $ 385
For further information or to register: Click here

Pain Assessment of the Palliative Care Patient  - Centre for Palliative Care
When: 7th  of April, 9:30 am-3;30 pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: $ 495
For further information or to register: Click here

For everyone

Conversations about cross-cultural communication - CEH

When: Tuesday, the 15th of March, 12 pm-1 pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or register: Click here

ACP is a journey, not a destination - APHN webinar with Dr. Noreen Chen
When: Tuesday, the 16th of March, 2;30 pm-3;30 pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or register: Click here

Applying the Diversity Lens to End-of-life Care - Centre for Cultural Diverisity in Ageing
When: Wednesday, 20th of April, 2;00 pm-3;30 pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or register: Click here

A Program of Brilliant Palliative Care - Palliative Nexus
When: Wednesday, 30th of March, 4;00 pm-5:00 pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or register: Click here

Information & resources

5 self-care ideas that work 

This is a poster, free to download that can help staff to remember to take a breather, once in a while.
The poster was developed by the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC),  a national specialist palliative care and advance care planning advisory service. They also have many other interesting resources.

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.

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: 


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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