Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

February 2022

Monthly Update
In this update:


Welcome to the first edition of the SMRPCC email update for 2022! We will try to keep you informed as always. This email update has a bit of a focus on self care for obvious reasons. Stay safe, everyone and look after yourselves and others!

SMRPCC Annual Clinical Forum: postponed

We think that this is best at the moment.

Unfortunately, the regional clinical forum, which was to be held on the 24th of February, has to be postponed again. Even if the covid situation has improved by then, the last thing anybody will want to do is going to an educational event. Thank you to the people who have already registered. We will keep you posted regarding future plans.

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Collective Pause

short mindfulness videos by Safer Care Victoria

Take a moment for yourself. These short videos are informative and will help you create a bit of space for yourself. The first video is on the bottom of the here

Death Literacy Webinar

Hot Topic Webinar February 2022 – Defining and developing the concept of death literacy. 

Death literacy is the knowledge and skills that people need to make informed choices about end of life options.People and communities with high levels of death literacy can put this knowledge into practice. This presentation will invite you to consider the concept of death literacy and how it might apply to your setting and provide a strengths-based framework for supporting patients, families, and their communities. This will include information about the Death Literacy Index, its development and its use.
Click to register

Cancer Australia

Culturally Safe Communication Skills

Cancer Australia has released Culturally Safe Communication Skills – tips for non-Indigenous health professionals to support health professionals provide culturally safe and appropriate care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by cancer. 
There are five short videos and  tip sheet with practical tips from medical oncologists, cancer care co-ordinators, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officers and Health Workers, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer.

Nurses Conference registrations open

This biennial conference brings together Australian and New Zealand nurses with an interest in delivering high quality, contemporary palliative care. In 2022 the conference will be delivered in a virtual format over 4 days from 1 - 4 May.

Abstracts are open until 4 February and early bird rates are available until 1 April.

For further information, including the full program: Click here

Paediatric Palliative Care Symposium

Presented by Children's Hospital Westmead
When: Thursday, the 3rd of March, 8.30am-4.45pm
Where: online via your PC or device
Cost: $250
For further information and to register: click here

Office of the Public Advocate online information sessions

Free and presented every month 

The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) has introduced a series of short weekly webinars and longer monthly webinars, that cover the following topics on a rotating schedule:
  • Enduring powers of attorney,
  • Medical treatment decision-making, and
  • Guardianship and administration
No registration is required, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. 

For further information, a calendar of events, and links to the sessions, visit the Information sessions page of the OPA 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 and practice nurses

Palliative Care in General Practice (online)

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

This 2-hour workshop is for General Practitioners based in Victoria who care for people with a life-limiting illness. Practice Nurses are also welcome to attend. 

Palliative Care in General Practice – ONLINE
When: Wednesday 23rd February 2022, 6pm-8pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free:
For further information and to register: Link to register
Pain Management in Palliative Care for GP’s – ONLINE
When: Thursday 17th March 2022,  6.00pm – 8.00pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free:
For further information and to register Link to register

For those working in aged care

Victorian Aged Care Education & Training (VACET)

Developed by ACEBAC at La Trobe University

The scope of this education and training package is to build capacity and capability within the Victorian Residential aged care sector workforce. The focus is on three care areas:

  • Dementia Care
  • Recognising and providing a palliative response to care
  • Oral and dental hygiene and links to health and well-being

Each category of learning has a number of modules that have been designed to be completed in around 30 minutes.

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

PEPA Victoria Palliative Approach Workshop – ONLINE
When: Tuesday 22nd February 2022, 8.30 – 4.00pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Link register

For clinicians interested in end-of-life law

End of life law for clinicians

Developed by the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative

This free, online national training program is for allied and other health professionals about the law relating to end of life decision-making. There are 10 training Modules which cover the key concepts of end of life law including: 

  • The role of law in end-of-life care
  • Capacity and consent to medical treatment
  • Withholding and withdrawing treatment
  • Advance Care Planning and Advance Care Directives
  • Substitute decision-making
  • Legal protection for providing pain and symptom relief
  • Children & EOL decision making
  • Futile or non-beneficial treatment
  • Emergency treatment for adults
  • Managing conflict 

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

For all health professionals

Understanding dementia MOOC 

Presented by Wicking Dementia Centre, University of Tasmania

This free online course offers the latest in dementia research and care. It provides knowledge designed to maximise quality of life across the journey of dementia for people with the condition, their families and caregivers. Average of 3 hours per week over 7 weeks to complete.

When: February 2022
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or register: Click here

PEPA Palliative Approach - Communication Skills (online 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 16 February 1pm - 5pm Where: Online via your PC or device Cost: Free  For further information or to register: Click here

For specialist palliative care staff

PEPA Mentoring workshop

Presented by Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)
For PEPA Mentors and Palliative Care Specialist staff
When: Thursday 24th March 2022, 8.30am – 12.30pm
Where: online via your PC or device
Cost: free
For further information and to register: Link to register


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Information & resources

COVID-19 outbreak management toolkit - For residential aged care  

When a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in a residential aged care facility (RACF), immediate action is required by the facility to reduce further transmission and keep residents, staff and visitors safe. It is mandatory for Victorian RACFs to follow the steps outlined in the Victorian Residential Aged Care Facility COVID-19 Outbreak Management Toolkit.

Palliative Care Conversations - train the trainer resource 

This is the second edition of the SMRPCC Palliative Conversations resource, aimed at providing experienced palliative care professionals with a helpful 90 minute workshop to teach people about referral to palliative care and how to have the conversation about it.
The resource has been evaluated and widely used. For further information and to obtain a copy of the resource, please contact:

Updated January 2022 - AIHW Palliative care services in Australia report 

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's (AIHW) Palliative care services in Australia report provides centralised and accessible information on a range of palliative care services. The report is updated with new data twice a year and highlights the activity and characteristics of palliative care services across Australia.

Palliative Care Education Directory (PaCE) 

PaCE is a resource directory for educators and health and aged care providers in the form of a mobile-responsive web-based app. PaCE helps you find palliative care-related learning and teaching resources for a variety of professions and practice contexts. The directory includes information for approximately 200 resources developed by the National Palliative Care Projects. 

Building resilience: A practical guide 

In this booklet, developed by the NHS in the UK, you will find information about what resilience is and why it matters. The contents include information and activities about the importance of resilience, recognising and coping with pressure and stress, and personal development to build your own resilience, health & wellbeing.

Self care for those in the helping professions: Fact sheet 

This fact sheet produced by the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reminds those working in the helping professions that looking after your well-being will help you to be productive and care for others. It includes strategies to support workplaces to support self-care and practical tips for personal self-care.

Self care room - online self care 

The new ELDAC Self-Care Room offers different self-care resources, tailored to aged care and health-care workers. It is a place aged care workers can better understand self-care, assess their own health, and pick up self-care ideas and resources. Click here to access the website

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.


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

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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