Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

February 2021

Monthly Update
In this update:

New sessions scheduled - Cultural diversity & palliative care workshops
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End of Life Essentials - free online education and resources
New self care resource for aged care workers
Oceanic Palliative Care Conference - call for abstracts and early bird registration 
Education & training opportunities
     For GPs     
For those working in palliative care
     For those who want to better understand palliative care
     For those interested in dementia care
     For everyone
Information & resources 
Caring@home app     
Guide to support ACP implementation in aged care  
Telehealth resources: Guiding principles and decision tool
     NIKI T34 syringe pump learning package
     End of life conversations: Educational cartoons   
Responding to COVID-19: Multiple links and resources
About the SMRPCC

New sessions scheduled - book now!

Cultural diversity and palliative care - free online workshops 


Join our free 50-minute online sessions and improve your knowledge and skill around cultural diversity in the palliative care context. 

Attend one, a few or attend all five but be quick as places are limited and fill fast! Here's what your colleagues are saying about the program: 
  • A great presentation and really applicable to our organization with diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • The small group made it easier to share.
  • ...a very practical and engaging seminar
Workshops are delivered via Zoom from 1pm - 1.50pm. Topics and dates include: To register, click on the session(s) above and complete the registration form. Registration links are also available in the program flyer. 

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End of Life Essentials

Free online education modules 

This website provides online learning opportunities and practice resources for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to improve the quality and safety of end-of-life care in hospitals. There are currently 10 education modules which are free to view. 
In upcoming modules on psychosocial and existential wellbeing, there will be topics to help health care professionals provide more encompassing care to a patient at the end-of-life, including topics on:
  • Being a burden, dependency and lack of autonomy
  • Awareness and open discussions of death
  • Who is particularly vulnerable at the end-of-life 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
For further information or to access the webinars: Click here

For aged care workers

New self-care resource

Palliative Care Australia and Dr Jason Mills developed the Self-Care Matters (Aged Care) resource, which assists all aged care workers in residential facilities or community settings with practising self-care to support the quality and sustainability of the care they provide to older Australians.
While it builds from the general Self-Care Matters resource, this version explores self-care within the important context of aged care, where palliative and end-of-life care are increasingly vital. It gives voice to the unique perspectives of experienced aged care providers

Call for abstracts 

Oceanic Palliative Care Virtual Conference

Call for abstracts and early bird registration for this virtual conference are now open!

The theme for the 2021 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference is Invest Challenge Change and will attract the decision makers and policy influencers of today, the future leaders of tomorrow, and those involved in the latest research and thinking about the importance of palliative and end-of-life care on a national and international scale.

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Education & training opportunities

For GPs

Palliative care for general practitioners (online)

Presented by Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

This workshop is for General Practitioners based in Victoria (AUS) who care for people with a life-limiting illness. Practice Nurses are also welcome to attend. Topics include:

  • Recognising patients who need palliative care
  • Communicating about end of life issues
  • Voluntary assisted dying in Victoria
  • Assessing and managing common symptoms
  • Advance care planning
When: Wednesday 24 Feb 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 palliative care

Pal-Spectives webinar: Developing a research
program on equity-oriented palliative care

Presented by Palliative Nexus

People who face inequities like homelessness, poverty, isolation, racism, and stigma frequently also receive poor quality end of life care. This presentation will outline a program of research on equity-oriented palliative care and offer suggestions for engaging with people experiencing structural vulnerabilities.  

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

Creating connections palliative care conference

Presented by Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre and University Of Technology Sydney

This free-to-attend event is open to all​ with an interest in palliative care for people with advanced and chronic illnesses. It provides an opportunity to see some of the exciting and leading-edge research being undertaken as part of the collaboration. 

When: 10 February 7pm - 10pm AEDT ( 8am - 11am UK time) 
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here

Trans-pacific pediatric palliative care symposium (virtual conference) 

Presented by Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC) Paediatrics

The program is designed to give paediatric healthcare professionals (incl. physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists etc.) the knowledge and skills needed to provide excellent palliative care to their patients and their families. Registration includes

  • 3-day virtual conference attendance with live plenary sessions and regional breakout Zoom sessions adjusted for local time zone
  • Offered in English or Spanish by EPEC-Paediatrics Latin-América
  • Access to 18 self-study online modules on pain and symptom management, grief and bereavement, child development, and more
When: 2 - 4 March 2021
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Fees apply and are based on your country of practice 
For further information: Click here

For those who want to better understand palliative care

Palliative care education sessions

Presented by Banksia Palliative Care

Banksia’s comprehensive interactive virtual palliative care education sessions have been developed to provide all attendees with greater understanding and knowledge of general palliative care principles. Attendees can participate in single or multiple sessions to enhance their palliative care skills and knowledge.
  • Introduction to palliative care (10 Feb)
  • Importance of psychosocial support (17 Feb)
  • Pain management (24 Feb)
  • End of life supports (3 March)
  • Opioid conversions and syringe drivers (10 March)
  • Symptom management part 1 (17 March)
  • Symptom management part 2 (24 March)
  • Palliative emergencies, treatments, and assessment tools (31 March)
Where: Online via MS Teams
Time: 9am - 12.30pm
Cost: $220 per session (Discounts apply for multiple session bookings)
For further information and to register: View the flyer

For those interested in dementia care

Dying well with dementia: In conversation with Sue Pieters-Hawke (webinar series)

Presented by The Dementia Centre

This is a three-part webinar series; webinar 1 & 2 are available now and webinar 3 was scheduled for release in late January 2021 (where Sue will address question arising from webinars 1 & 2). Once you have registered you will also receive an email with the webinar details, should you wish to view at a later time.

When: On demand
  • Webinar 1: Can death be sad but not bad? (35 minutes)
  • Webinar 2: Development- Dancing with dying (28 minutes)
  • Webinar 3: Moving Forward: Supporting ‘good’ deaths
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here

For everyone

The impact of the revised Opioid prescribing changes (webinar)

Presented by the Department of Health

This on-demand webinar is hosted by Prof. Michael Kidd AM and focuses on the impact of the revised Opioid prescribing changes from 1 June 2020. It also includes an expert panel from the Department of Health who share information and answer audience questions. 

When: On demand
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
To watch the webinar: Click here

Information & resources

Caring@home app

To assist health professionals supporting families, carers and patients, caring@home has designed a purpose-built app for phones and tablets. The new app - caring@home resources - gives easy and quick access to all caring@home resources for health professionals and for carers in English and nine other languages (including training videos) and health professionals. Get it now on Google Play and coming soon to the Apple App Store.

Guide to support ACP implementation in aged care services

Advance Care Planning Australia has released the Advance Care Planning Implementation Guide for Aged Care to provide aged care providers with the tools to implement advance care planning in their services. The guide supports providers to undertake advance care planning in accordance with the Aged Care Quality Standards and legal and ethical frameworks and to increase the uptake and implementation of advance care planning and Advance Care Directives in aged care.

Telehealth resources: Guiding principles and decision tool 

Safer Care Victoria has published its Tele-health decision tool and guiding principles for using telehealth. The tool is designed to guide clinicians to make decisions in partnership with consumers about using tele-health (video or telephone) in their clinical care.

NIKI T34 syringe pumps learning package 

This learning package has been developed for health professionals to develop skills and knowledge, and ultimately demonstrate competency in safely setting up, commencing and providing necessary documentation for the NIKI T34 syringe pump. The learning package is relevant to all clinical settings – community, residential aged care and inpatient.

End of life conversations: Educational cartoon panels

Dr Jim Fulmer is a hospital MD with a a flair for creative education. He is the author of @doctorwarsgames (Instagram) and his products and resources include cartoon panels, webinars, board & card games and various posts/blogs. View his End of Life Conversations cartoon panel here

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 485 136
Jane Newbound......Aged Care Project Officer......0433 418 
Stephenie Cook ......Training Coordinator ............ 0417 859

Our members include:

Ex Officio Members include:

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

For general inquiries to the SMRPCC please email 

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