Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

May 2021

Monthly Update
In this update:

Cultural diversity in palliative care education sessions - express your interest
SMRPCC's annual clinical forum - save the date
MND podcasts with written transcripts available from SMRPCC
MND health professionals webinar series - from MND Victoria
Wave Your Appreciation during Nation Volunteer Week - 17 to 23 May
National Palliative Care Week - 23 to 29 May
End of Life Essentials - free online education and new video scenarios 
Oceanic Palliative Care Conference - Early Bird registration extended to 26 May
Online calendar of local training and education opportunities
Education & training opportunities
     For GPs 
For allied health professionals
     For all health professionals
Information & resources 
This is me: Information sharing resource     
 Report: Palliative care is core business for aged care
     Supporting older LGBTI people: Useful resources
     Using My Health Record to store ACP documents
     Palliative care newsletter from HealthinfoNet
     VAD Review Board report
     2021 Close the Gap report
Responding to COVID-19: Multiple links and resources
About the SMRPCC

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Cultural diversity in palliative care education sessions

Express your interest

Following the success of our recent online cultural diversity in palliative care workshops, the SMRPCC is keen to gauge the demand for further sessions. If you are interested in attending some of our 50-minute cultural diversity workshops (delivered via Zoom), please let us know and we'll notify you when new workshop dates become available.

Topics include: 
  • Cultural diversity essentials
  • Cross cultural communication and intro to working with interpreters
  • Cultural diversity & health 
  • Health literacy & palliative care
  • Working with culturally diverse teams

SMRPCC Annual Clinical Forum

Thursday 18 November 2021

We're optimistic that our annual regional clinical forum for people working in our regional specialist palliative care services will return this year for a day of sharing, learning and networking. The forum is scheduled for Thursday 18 November and will be held at the usual venue; Sandy by the Bay at the Sandringham Football Club.

Please save the date and we'll keep you updated in the coming months as the program and presenters are confirmed. 

From MND Victoria

Live webinars especially for health professionals

This webinar series will provide an overview of topics relevant for those health professionals working with people living with MND. It is also suitable for those wanting to increase their knowledge on particular areas of practice and learn more about MND.
There will be expert presenters sharing their knowledge and experience working in this field and time available for questions during each webinar. Topics and dates include:
  • MND 101 - Thursday 27 May 3pm - 4pm
  • OT & MND - Wednesday 16 June 11am - 12pm
  • MND and the NDIS - Wednesday 4 August 11am - 12pm
  • MND & respiratory considerations - Tuesday 5 October 11am - 12pm
  • MND & communication - Wednesday 10 November 11am - 12pm
Cost: $25 per webinar or $100 for all five
For further information or to register: Click here

MND resources available from SMRPCC

Free podcasts with written transcripts

Our podcast series includes eight podcasts, each with a written transcript, on various aspects of Motor Neurone Disease, its presentation and management. Topics include: **These podcasts are available on the PodBean App which can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play to your phone or PC and provides easy access to a variety of video and audio podcasts. To find our audio podcast(s) simply search for and follow SMRPCC's Podcasts.

Podcasts and transcripts are also available on the MND page of the SMRPCC website.

National Volunteer Week

Join the Wave Your Appreciation campaign

This year the theme for National Volunteer Week is “Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine."
The theme acknowledges that we need to collaborate more and adapt our volunteering practices and programs so we can better support and engage volunteers to continue the necessary work that they do. For the celebration of volunteers, organisations are invited to join the Wave Your Appreciation campaign. More information, resources and gifts are available on the Volunteering Australia website.

Palliative Care It's more than you think

Digital resources now available

National Palliative Care Week (NPCW) provides an opportunity to discuss the benefits of palliative care and celebrate the amazing dedication of all those working and volunteering in palliative care across Australia.

Digital resources are now available to download from the PCA website page. These include logos, posters, social media tiles, website and social media banners and email signature blocks.

End of Life Essentials

Free online education modules & new video scenarios

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. 
Video scenarios are being added to the modules. Here's what's available so far: Check the website for updates on the release of new videos.

Virtual Oceanic Palliative Care Conference

7 - 10 September

Early Bird registrations extended to 26 May

This year's conference (21OPCC) will convene leaders, health professionals, and experts in an accessible virtual format, to advance discussion and knowledge about palliative care in Australia and surrounding Oceanic Regions.
Not limited by location or capacity, 21OPCC will provide a unique virtual platform for engaging a broader international audience and presenting new research and case studies about quality palliative and end of life care.

For further information or to register: Visit the 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

Symptom management at the end-of-life for general practitioners (online)

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

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. 

This interactive education session utilises group discussion and case studies to provide a greater understanding of palliative care.

When: Thursday 19 May 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 allied health professionals 

Collective Knowledge, Collective Wisdom - Paediatric Palliative Care Allied Health Education Day 

Presented by the Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne)

The aim of this education day is to appreciate and understand the collective knowledge, wisdom and impact that Allied Health clinicians bring to the field of Paediatric Palliative Care.

All Allied Health professions and experience levels are welcome to learn and discuss key topics, talk about how we can continue to work together in a multi- disciplinary environment and to hear from a parent about what matters to families.

When: Friday 28 May 9am - 4pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: $20
For further information or to register: Click here

For all health professionals 

Everyone's right to make their own health decisions 

Presented by the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) 

This webinar is an information session about the importance of communicating effectively with, and understanding the rights of people with disability to make their own decisions about their medical treatment.

The webinar is of particular relevance for people who work in health and you will hear from people with lived experience of disability who will share:

  • practical tips for good communication
  • information about self-advocacy and
  • information about inclusion and empowerment.

When: Tuesday 18 May 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free 
For further information or to register: Click here

PEPA Palliative Approach - Advanced Communication Skills Workshop

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

For health professionals with little or no palliative care experience, who want to develop confidence in communicating with people with life-limiting and chronic illnesses, and their families.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of the palliative approach
  • Introduction to communication skills
  • Case-based experiential learning (facilitated communication skills practice

When: Wednesday 19 May 9am - 1pm (registration from 8.30)
Where: Mary McKillop Heritage Centre, East Melbourne
Cost: Free 
For further information or to register: Click here

Information & resources

This is me: Information sharing resource 

This resource, developed by OlderCan, can be used by people of any age with any cancer type to share important information with their cancer team.

Visit the OlderCan website for additional resources to help older people make decisions about treatment and care and to make sure that their GP and cancer team are aware of information that is important to an older person with cancer.

Report: Palliative care is core business for aged care 

This new report, released by PCA highlights the alignment between PCA’s own eight key recommendations (Palli-8, PCA’s eight-point plan for palliative care) and the recommendations contained in the Commission’s Final Report.


Supporting older LBGTI people: Days of celebration & commemoration calendar and useful website

While not all older LGBTI people will be out to your service, providing relevant and inclusive celebrations, activities and events is a visible and meaningful way to communicate to LGBTI people that they are valued and welcomed at your service. Use the LGBTI Days of Celebration and Commemoration to promote inclusivity and educate staff and other service users. 

Also, the Not Another Second website has a range of information and resources, and a 14 minute film is very powerful and an absolute must watch for anyone interested in the lives and experiences of LGBT elders. "It is a reminder of the diversity of experiences and the often difficult journey, and different paths to being out, proud, and happy. Although from the US, a great resource for staff education, as well as for clients and (aged care) residents."

Help using My Heath Record to store ACP documents 

A set of national guidelines has been released provide guidance for jurisdictions, health services and health professionals about the use of My Health Record to store and access documents related to advance care planning and goals of care discussions that occur in the context of end-of-life care. While the guidelines are not written for a consumer audience, they may be useful for health professionals in supporting people wishing to use My Health Record to store and view these documents.

Palliative care newsletter

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched their new Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care Newsletter, which will share the latest information on publications, programs, resources, events, news and jobs relevant to palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To view or subscribe to HealthInfoNet newsletters, click here. 

Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board report 

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board latest report of the first 18 months includes key statistics and details about who is accessing voluntary assisted dying – such as age, location and illness. For information about voluntary assisted dying, contact the Statewide Care Navigator Service on 8559 5823 or

2021 Close the Gap report 

The 12th annual Close the Gap report titled “Leadership and Legacy Through Crises: Keeping our Mob Safe” was launched via webinar, on National Close the Gap Day - Thursday 18 March. Authors of the report, the Lowitja Institute say it is a wake-up call to Australian governments that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people have the solutions to health inequity in their grasp.

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)

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