Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

August 2021

Monthly Update
In this update:

New MND Shared Care Worker for the region
SMRPCC Annual Clinical Forum - 18 November 2021
ELDAC digital dashboard for aged care
LGBTIQ+ Palliative Care Survey - all views welcome
MND Australia Conference - registrations are open
Oceanic Palliative Care Conference - view the program
15-minutes webinar series - presented by the Office of the Public Advocate
Online calendar of local training and education opportunities
Education & training opportunities
     For GPs and practice nurses
     For health professionals working with people who have cancer
     For aged care nurses
     For senior nurses
     For those working in EOL and palliative care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Information & resources 
     Process mapping for palliative and aged care
     Domestic and family violence training    
Literature review: Paediatric palliative care 
Rapid review of the literature: End-of-life care
     Guided interview app: A lasting tale 
     Fact sheet: Withholding & withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
     AIHW report: Interfaces between aged care and health systems in Australia
     National framework for ACP documents
Responding to COVID-19 - multiple resources and links to key websites
About the SMRPCC


New MND Shared Care Worker for the region

We are pleased to introduce Lee-Anne Henley, our new Motor Neurone Disease shared care worker. Lee-Anne has extensive experience as a palliative care clinician and educator with significant understanding of the issues that people with MND and their families face.

After her orientation, Lee-Anne will be available to assist with top-up funding requests for MND patients and for secondary consultations and she can be contacted on or 0428 264 446.

Please make her welcome in the region!

SMRPCC Annual Clinical Forum

Thursday 18 November 2021

We remain 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.

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ELDAC digital dashboard

Now available for aged care

The ELDAC digital dashboard can be embedded in aged care IT systems to show key end-of-life care data relevant for reporting and clinical decision making. The dashboard aims to:
  • show what is happening at the client, manager, and organisational levels
  • provide flags for care prompts
  • assist in reporting and/or benchmarking.
Listen to Dr Priyanka Vandersman introduce the Digital Dashboard in this ELDAC video.

National LGBTIQ+ Palliative Care Survey

Your invitation to participate

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) are inviting LGBTIQ+ people and/or health professionals to share their views on palliative care.

You do not have to be accessing palliative care services to participate in this survey. All views are welcome.

You can complete this survey if you are: 

  • An LGBTIQ+ person
  • A health professional who is not LGBTIQ+
  • An LGBTIQ+ health professional
  • An Australia resident
  • 18 years and older
  • Proficient enough in English to complete an online survey in English

MND Australia Conference

Online on 3 September 2021

Register now

The 10th National MND Australia Conference is for clinicians, health professionals and disability and aged care providers from across Australia and NZ who have an interest in and care for people living with MND. People living with MND, their family and friends are also encouraged to register.
Attendees will be updated with evidence based clinical and practical information and will also have the opportunity to network with fellow practitioners, share expertise and problem solve. The conference will provide a national forum for the exchange of ideas and innovations to promote access to best practice and needs based multidisciplinary care for all people living with MND no matter their age or postcode from diagnosis through to end of life.

For further information or to register: Click here

Oceanic Palliative Care Conference

7 - 10 September

View the program

The 2021 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference (21OPCC) program showcases a world-class line-up of speakers, panel sessions and presentations.
The conference promises to be an exciting 3-day experience that will bring together leaders, health professionals, and experts in an accessible virtual format to advance discussion and knowledge about palliative care. Program highlights include:
  • 100+ live presentations
  • 5 International presenters
  • 80+ poster presentations
  • 10+ workshops
  • 5 industry panel sessions
  • Virtual Conference Choir
  • National Palliative Care Awards celebration evening
For further information and to view the program: Click here

Improving communication between health workers and people with disability

15-minutes webinar series 

Presented by the Office of the Public Advocate

The Office of the Public Advocate is presenting a series of 15-minute webinars on effective communication between the healthcare practitioners and people with lived experiences of disability.

These sessions are an opportunity for health practitioners to combine their morning tea break with their professional development and will incorporate a video and then an opportunity for participants to ask questions to people with lived experience of disability.

Registrations are NOT required, simply click the link to join the Zoom meeting.

Topic: Communication
When: Thursday, 26 August 11-11.15am    
Click here to join online

Topic: Diversity of experiences of ABI 
When: Thursday, 2 September 11-11.15am    
Click here to join online

Topic: Understanding challenging behaviours for improved communication
When: Thursday, 9 September 11-11.15am    
Click here to join online

Topic: Dignity of Rights for people with disability
When: Thursday, 16 September 11-11.15am    
Click here to join online

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

Advanced Communications Skills Retreat 

Presented by Cancer Council Victoria in partnership with Deakin University 

Designed specifically to enhance core communication skills for clinical scenarios, this retreat covers topics such as delivering bad news and discussing end- of-life care.

Through small group activities, facilitated by expert clinicians, participants address communication challenges from their own clinical practice with simulated patients. This retreat provides a safe environment, guided by expert cancer clinicians, to really work on the difficult conversations and come away with enhanced skills.

When: 5 - 8 October 2021
Where: Yarra Valley Lodge, Chirnside Park
Cost: Fees apply. Click the link below for further information.
For further information or to register: Click here

For health professionals working with people who have cancer 

Symptom Management at the End of Life 

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

This interactive education session will utilise group discussion and case studies to provide a greater understanding of palliative care. The workshop is designed for General Practitioners based in Victoria (AUS) who care for people with a life-limiting illness. Practice Nurses are also welcome to attend. Topics covered include: 

  • Managing fatigue
  • Managing insomnia
  • Managing dyspnoea

When: Thursday 23 September 6pm - 8pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here

For aged care nurses

palliAGED Introduction Modules for Aged Care 

Presented by Palliative Care Aged Care Evidence (palliAGED)

Theses interactive modules cover ten essential topics and will help aged care nurses to learn the fundamentals of palliative care, as well as prepare to support older persons at the end of life. 

The modules are designed for self-paced learning, are free to use, and come with supporting resources such as a printable manual, forms, validated tools, and Practice Tip booklet/sheets. 

When: On demand
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to access the modules: Click here

For senior nurses

Physical Assessment of the Palliative Care Patient 

Presented by the Centre for Palliative Care 

This ‘hands-on’ Masterclass is a must for senior nurses i.e. Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Nurse Consultants, Nurse Practitioners or Nurse Practitioner Candidates. This Masterclass will be facilitated by experienced palliative care clinicians. Program objectives are to: :

  • Describe the purpose and process for conducting a systematic approach to physical assessment of the palliative care patient.
  • Perform an accurate and detailed clinical assessment with a focus on abdominal and respiratory systems and the Mental State Examination.
  • Ensure documentation accurately reflects the findings of the clinical assessment, and articulates assessment outcomes.

When: Thursday 26 August 9am - 4pm
Where: Metropolitan Melbourne (venue TBA)
Cost: $495
For further information or to register: Click here

For those working in EOL and palliative care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Yarning our wishes: A film about planning for end of life 

Presented by The Groundswell Project

This video (11:03), from the Groundswell Project, is for health professionals and community organisations working in end-of-life care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members. The film highlights key points and learnings as well as other cultural considerations.

When: On demand
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to watch the video: Click here

Culturally Responsive Palliative Care for Aboriginal People 

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

This online workshop is delivered over two weeks and aims to improve health care professionals' knowledge, skills and confidence in the palliative approach to care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a life-limiting illness. 

When: Tuesday 9 & 16 November 10am - 12pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to watch the video: Click here

Exploring the importance of palliative care to our First Nations' peoples  

Presented by Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Australia have launched the video 'Final Footprints: My Culture, My Kinship, My Country' exploring the importance of palliative care to our First Nations’ peoples. The video explains the use of ‘death and dying’ language in communities, documenting end-of-life wishes, and how traditional and modern ways may co-exist in today’s society. 

When: On demand
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to watch the video: Click here

Information & resources

Process mapping for palliative and aged care 

Compliance requirements are changing in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission Report and Aged Care Quality Standards. Pagedcare have been developing solutions which provide visual guides for staff and residents to increase their understanding.

Domestic and family violence training 

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert) is a free national training program designed for health, allied health, educational, childcare, and community support frontline workers. Click here for further information and to view the variety of training sessions available.

Literature review: Paediatric palliative care 

QUT reviewed 369 pieces of literature specific to Paediatric Palliative care highlighting evidence in eight key areas. This work has resulted in a comprehensive publication that will play a key role in developing the Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan. The Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan Project encourages taking the time to read the Literature Review.

Rapid review of the literature: End-of-life care 

The Commission has produced a multi-layered suite of resources to support implementation of the strategies to promote safe and high-quality end-of-life care. The Commission also engaged a rapid review of the literature to provide an update of the current evidence base that could inform a revision of the Consensus Statement.  A grey literature review was also included to identify current practices and influences such as key policies, palliative care projects and initiatives, key organisations and agencies.

Guided interview app: A lasting tale 

The mobile app from A Lasting Tale allows you to record a guided audio life story interview for free with questions appearing on screen as you record. 


Fact sheet: Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment 

Decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment are common in end of life and palliative care. This ELDAC factsheet explains the law on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.


New report: Interfaces between aged care and health systems in Australia 

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report that explores the Interfaces between Aged Care and Health Systems in Australia. The report uses linked data to determine where older Australians die and finds that aged care plays a considerable role in caring for people at the end of their lives. 

National framework for advance care planning documents 

The National framework for advance care planning documents is an updated, revised version of the National Framework for Advance Care Directives 2011. The new framework will guide people in the preparation of advance care planning documents across all Australian states and territories.


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
Jane Newbound......Aged Care Project Officer..... .0433 418 
Lee-Anne Henley....MND Shared Care Worker......0428 264
Stephenie Cook .....Training Consultant.................0417 859

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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