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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.

Call for Contributions
The conference solicits contributions of abstracts, papers and e-posters that address themes and topics of the conference, including figures, tables and references of novel research materials.
When: 30 - 31 August 2022
Where: Sydney, NSW
Register: Early Bird registration closes 29 July 2022
Further information - including cost and to register

33rd International Symposium on ALS/MND

The International Symposium is the biggest annual conference dedicated to  MND research.
Each year, the Symposium attracts over 1,000 delegates, representing the energy and dynamism of the global MND research community.
The 33rd International Symposium on ALS/MND will once again be held online.
When: Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 December 2022
Where: Online
Abstract submissions: Close 12 July 2022 (23:59 UK time)
Registrations: Close 30 November 2022 (23:59 UK time)

Further information and to register

Webinar: Impactful Integration of Care

Integrated care provides opportunity to overcome fragmentation of healthcare services and sectors.
Join Dr Julie McDonald who will describe the development of an Integrated Respiratory and Palliative Care Service at SVHM. She will present analysis of financial and hospital admission impacts, as well as perspectives of patients, caregivers and general practitioners who have experienced the service. 
When: Thursday 14 July 2022 | 4.00 pm to 4.30 pm (AEST)

Where: Online
Register here

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.
To be eligible for AN-ACC Class 1 a resident must have palliative care status at the date of entry into (non-respite) care, which means:
  • a life expectancy of 3 months or less, AND
  • an Australia-Modified Karnofsky Performance  (AKPS) score of 40 or less.
That prognosis and the AKPS score must have been given by a medical practitioner prior to the date of entry, and independently of the residential aged care facility. In preparation for the implementation of AN-ACC on 1 October 2022, Class 1 will be available for new residents who enter a facility from 23 July 2022 and meet the Class 1 eligibility requirements.
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ELDAC Health Promotion Campaign

ELDAC has produced a number of posters, fact sheets and other resources to normalise end of life in aged care.

The campaign invites you to explore death as a natural part of life. It shows the positive impact that you can create in talking about end of life with the people you care for, and how it can improve the care you provide in aged care.

You can download the resources here: Part of Life - My Care Matters (eldac.com.au)

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Education & Training Opportunities

Swinburne University of Technology, Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults | End of life and palliative care: what you need to know
When: Friday, 22 July 2022 | 4:45 pm- 6.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Further information and to register

Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing | Diversity Webinar Series 2022-2023 | A comprehensive program of webinars
When: From Wednesday 27 July 2022
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Further information and to register

Swinburne University of Technology, Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults | Volunteering and the digital story program
When: Friday, 5 August 2022 | 4:45 pm - 6.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Further information and to register

Palliative Care Tasmania | National Dietetic Webinar Topic 2. Nutrition and Palliative Care
When: Friday, 12 August 2022 | 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: $22 - $44
Further information and to register

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

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

Masterclass - Advance Communication Skills
When: Tuesday, 11 October 2022 | 9.00 am to 1.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: $385
Further information and to register

Masterclass - Physical Assessment
When: Thursday, 20 October 2022 | 9.00 am - 3.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Caritas Christi Campus, 104 Studley Park Rd, Kew Vic 3101
Cost: $495
Further information and to register

Masterclass -  Caring for the Dying
When: Tuesday, 22 November 2022 | 9.00 am - 1.00 pm (AEST)
Where: Online
Cost: $385
Further information and to register

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

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
Education & Training Opportunities Calendar

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Information & Resources
Lewy body disease - help sheets and webinar
Dementia Australia has published a series of help sheets to assist understanding of Lewy body disease and the disorders that arise from it.
View a webinar about Dementia with Lewy Bodies presented by Professor Simon Lewis on Dementia Australia’s website. Gain knowledge about some of the challenges posed by the variety of ways in which Dementia with Lewy Bodies can present, as well as common symptoms and their management in the clinic.
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 (CPG) Guidelines
The Gippsland Region Clinical Practice Group have developed Clinical Practice (CPG) 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.

Organisations and health care professionals should ensure that in using the GRPCC guidelines that they are complementary to their current organisational governance structures, and individual clinicians scope of practice.
To view a comprehensive version of the guidelines

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.

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 also be free of charge.
Modules included:

  • The key ingredients for dementia care.

  • Understanding dementia and person-centred care.

  • Fundamentals of good communication.

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Who we are & how you can contact us: 

Tanja Bahro | Consortium Manager | 0418 584 106 | tanja.bahro@smrpcc.org.au 
Lee-Anne Henley | MND Shared Care Worker | 0428 264 446 | lee-anne.henley@smrpcc.org.au
Penny Fletcher | Admin & Communications Officer | 0428 485 136 | penny.fletcher@smrpcc.org.au


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Ex Officio Members include:

  • Cabrini Palliative Care Services
  • South East Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN)
  • Southern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS)

For general inquiries to the SMRPCC please email tanja.bahro@smrpcc.org.au

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