Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

December 2020

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Farewell 2020...
Consider the Carer: A resource with embedded links to services & information
Back by popular demand - Cultural diversity & palliative care workshops
New resources from ELDAC
Palliative Care Advice Service - new website
NIKI T34 syringe pumps - free online education modules for health professionals
Care worker toolkit - online & free from PCC4U 
Virtual international symposium on ALS / MND 
Education & training opportunities
     For those working in palliative care
     For those interested in dementia care 
     For those providing cancer care
Information & resources
     Easy English resources addressing death, dying, grief & loss     
New survey results from the Royal Commission into Aged Care     
     Palli8: Plan to improve palliative care in aged care 
Responding to COVID-19: Multiple links and resources
About the SMRPCC
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Farewell 2020 and welcome 2021!

We hope you have a safe, peaceful and joyous holiday season

Finally, it's the end of a difficult and challenging year and we're looking forward to a happier, safer new year.

From all of us at SMRPCC, we would like to acknowledge your dedication and tireless efforts in supporting your patients, your residents, their carers and loved ones, and each other.

We feel privileged to support you and look forward to doing so again in 2021.

Consider the Carer

Embedded with hyperlinks for easy access to information and services 

This resource has been specifically designed for health professionals working in palliative care to better understand the full impact of the caring role and to develop prevention strategies.
This comprehensive document is best used online as it contains pertinent links to the websites of organisations that could be of assistance as well as links to further information.
Please feel free to distribute the link to the resource ( amongst your staff and other interested health professionals, but please note: This resource is not for carers, it’s about carers.

Back by popular demand!

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. Topics and dates include: To register, click on the session(s) below and complete the registration form. Registration links are also available in the program flyer. 

New resources from ELDAC

Download your free posters

ELDAC's new downloadable poster for your workplace is a reminder to staff that ELDAC is a 24 hour resource, and is available for all aged care providers on all matters of end of life caring.

Other posters in the series, include:
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Responding to Deterioration and
  • Home Care Toolkit
All posters are available from the ‘Resources’ page of the ELDAC website.

Palliative Care Advice Service

New website & coming soon - translated flyers 

The Palliative Care Advice Service is a phone-based service for anyone seeking access to specialist guidance and advice for those living with a life-limiting illness and those who support them. 

For healthcare workers, it offers guidance about prescribing, symptom management, locating appropriate services and decision-making.

The Advice Service is free, confidential and available for everyone in Victoria from 7am - 10pm, 7 days a week.

To contact the Palliative Care Advice Service 

For further information visit or download the flyer.

Note: The flyer is being translated into 15 languages and will be available soon on the Palliative Care Advice Service website.

Free online education module

NIKI T34™ syringe pumps

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.

Care Worker Toolkit

Free & available online

The PCC4U team have launched an online suite of palliative care eLearning activities to support care workers in the delivery of CHCPAL001 - Deliver care services using a palliative approach (Version 2).

The Toolkit provides sixteen modules organised into five topics to develop knowledge and skills in palliative care through case studies, video vignettes, activities and evidence-based content. 

Virtual International Symposium on ALS/MND

9 - 11 December 2020

This is the largest medical and scientific conference specific to MND/ALS and is the premier event in the MND research calendar for discussion on the latest advances in research and clinical management.
Click here to view the program, read about the presenters or register your attendance.

Education & training opportunities

For those working in palliative care

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: Unpacking the complexity of providing palliative care services during a pandemic

Presented by Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC)

If you missed this Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network webinar, watch the recording to hear a panel of experts from across the Victorian cancer sector discuss current challenges associated with palliative care.  

When: On demand (duration is 1 hour)
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here

For those interested in dementia care

Multiple courses available

Presented by Dementia Australia

The Centre for Dementia Learning has released it's 2021 Learning Guide and includes:
  • New programs for 2021
  • Online, self-paced learning
  • Immersive learning
  • Foundation learning
  • Accredited learning and
  • Continuing learning

 Click here to download the learning guide.

Information & resources

Easy English resources addressing death, dying & grief & loss 

This series of resources, developed by PCV and VALID, includes images to help the reader. Originally developed for people with an intellectual disability they would also be suitable for anyone seeking easy-to-understand information.


Royal Commission into Aged Care: New survey results 

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has released the results of two surveys undertaken by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). The findings are presented in Research Paper 13 – Inside the system: aged care residents’ perspectives and Research Paper 14 – Inside the system: home and respite care clients’ perspectives. Read all Research Papers here.

Plan to improve palliative care in aged care: Palli8 

Palliative Care Australia's new Palli8 plan proposes eight key recommendations to improve palliative care in aged care, with calls for much needed funding to fully implement the National Palliative Care Strategy 2018, together with palliative care training for every health and aged care worker. 


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 is 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.


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 ..........
Robyn Reid ............ MND Shared Care Worker....0428 264 446............
Stephenie Cook ......Training Coordinator ............0417 859 297............
Jane Newbound.......Aged Care Project Officer.....0433 418 

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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