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HESTA Excellence Awards - nominations close 14 August 2022

The HESTA Excellence Awards recognise exceptional achievements in a range of settings across aged care, allied health, community services and disability services.
Nominations open: 6 June - 14 August 2022
Finalists announced: 25 October 2022
Winners announced: Thursday 24 November 2022
Find out more and nominate

PEPA Workshop | Communication Skills - 17 August 2022

Workshop: Palliative Approach – Communication Skills
Acquire knowledge, skills and confidence in providing palliative care for people with a life-limiting illness, and their families.
When: Wednesday 17 August 2022 | 1 pm to 5 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Further information and to register

Preparing for Statutory Duty of Candour in Victoria

Statutory Duty of Candour means that from 30 November 2022, relevant health service entities will be required to:
  • apologise to any person seriously harmed while receiving care
  • explain what went wrong
  • describe what action will be taken and improvements put in place.
Launch for health service leaders | 18 August 2022
Safer Care Victoria CEO Mike Roberts will officially launch the changes at an online session for health service CEOs, board members, managers, directors and other leaders. 
Launch of the Quality & Safety Act 2022 - Thursday 18 August 2022, 12 pm to 1 pm

Webinars for healthcare workers | from 25 August 2022
Safer Care Victoria is running 3 online sessions to help clinicians prepare for implementation. Register for one of these sessions: 
Public metropolitan health services - Thursday 25 August, 12 pm to 1 pm
Public regional and rural health services - Tuesday 30 August, 12 pm to 12.45 pm
Private health services - Thursday 1 September, 12 pm to 12.45 pm

International Conference on Palliative Care Nursing

International Conference on Palliative Care Nursing aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Palliative Care Nursing.
When: 30 - 31 August 2022
Where: Sydney, NSW
Further information and to register

ANZSPM 2022 Biennial Conference

Better Care for All: Inclusivity, Equity and Collaboration
Australia New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine
With the focus on inclusion and equity of access to quality palliative care for all, the 2022 conference will be held in Canberra, from Thursday 1 September to Sunday 4 September 2022. The event will be hybrid, allowing for virtual or in-person participation.
When: 1 - 4 September 2022
Where: Canberra ACT and Online

Further information and to register

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 on 13 & 14 October 2022:
Listen. Learn. Lead.
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 or a summary of the program on program at a glance.
Further information and to register

Palliative Care NSW Biennial State Conference

Facing the Future Together 2022
Palliative Care NSW looks
ahead to consider: What is our vision for palliative care?  How do we achieve that together?
When: Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 November 2022
Where: Terrigal, NSW
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

Advance Care Planning Improvement Toolkit

Advance Care Planning Australia has launched the Advance Care Planning Improvement (ACPI) Toolkit to support the uptake and quality of advance care planning and advance care directives across 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 how you can access and use the toolkit in your workplace to support quality advance care planning. 

Aged Care Funding for Palliative Admissions

From 1 October 2022, the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) care funding model will replace the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).
The Department of Health has released a factsheet to explain the separate funding class for individuals who enter residential care for the purpose of receiving palliative care.

For more publications on different health topics, see the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged care 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
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Education & Training Opportunities

Centre for Palliative Care | New Clinical Skills Update Sessions
When:  Wednesdays & Thursdays from 27 July 2022
Where: Online
Cost: $99 per session
Further information and to register

Carers Victoria | Mind your Boundaries
When: Wednesday 17 August 2022 | 1.30 pm - 3.15 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Further information and to register

Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing | Collecting Diversity Data to Promote Inclusive Services
When: Wednesday 24 August 2022 | 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Further information and to register

Centre for Palliative Care | Masterclass - Pain Assessment
When: Tuesday 30 August 2022 | 9.30 am - 3.30 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: $495
Further information and to register

Centre for Palliative Care | Masterclass - Clinical Ethics
When: Tuesday 6 September 2022 | 9.00 am - 3.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: $495
Further information and to register

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

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

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

Eastern Palliative Care | Introduction to Palliative Care for PCAs
When: Wednesday 21 September 2022 | 8:45 am - 5.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Eastern Palliative Care - Mitcham, Victoria
Cost: $195 | Register by 7 September 2022
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

Australian Paediatric Palliative Care Conference | Listen. Learn. Lead.
When: 13 & 14 October 2022
Where: Online
Cost: from $200
Further information - including cost and to register

SAPMEA Symposium | Supportive Care Planning in Chronic Non-Malignant Diseases
When: Friday 4 November 2022 | 8.30 am - 4.30 pm (ACDT)
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre & Online
Cost: $60 - $175 | Early bird registration closes 6 September 2022
Further information and to register
Education & Training Opportunities Calendar

See upcoming local and online activities

Education and training opportunities are listed on SMRPCC's website calendar and can be viewed as a list, month or day. 
To change the view, simply 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 
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.  
National Palliative Care Standards for All Health Professionals and Aged Care Services

The National Palliative Care Standards for All Health Professionals and Aged Care Services has been developed to complement the National Palliative Care Standards 5th edition 2018, with the aim of supporting better experiences and outcomes for people receiving generalist palliative care. 
More information: National Palliative Care Standards for All Health Professionals and Aged Care Services

New resource helps navigate death and dying
In-home care provider Fernlea Community Care has commissioned a book In the End: a practical guide to dying to help people caring for someone at the end of their life, health professionals, counsellors and funeral planners.
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

LGBTQ+ Toolkit for 
Palliative Care and End of Life Decisions

ACON has created this toolkit to make it easier to open conversations about death and dying through an LGBTQ+ lens and help to explore the different issues faced in a palliative care setting.
Click here to access the toolkit

Ask Annie - Dementia Australia

Ask Annie is a purpose-built app to support care workers through self-paced professional development. To show support to the sector, the first three modules will be free. Modules included:

  • The key ingredients for dementia care

  • Understanding dementia and person-centred care

  • Fundamentals of good communication

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Tanja Bahro | Consortium Manager | 0418 584 106 | 
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Ex Officio Members include:

  • Cabrini Palliative Care Services
  • South East Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN)
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