Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

October 2019

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In this update:

SMRPCC Aged Care Forum - registration now open 
SMRPCC Annual Report: Our 2019 highlights 
Updated NDIS price guide: Funding for disability health supports
Keep up to date with the latest palliative care & disability info: Like our facebook page
New resources to support PCOC: Education, notifications and a national conference
Palliative Care Nurses Conference - call for abstracts
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Education & training opportunities
     For palliative care nurses
     For home care package providers     
For managers of volunteers
     For all health professionals
Education & training opportunities calendar 
Information & resources
     Multilingual resources: How palliative care might help women     
     Bereavement resource for working with indigenous peoples

About the SMRPCC

Aged Care Forum: Challenges and opportunities for palliative care in aged care

Join us - registrations are now open

Registrations are now open for SMRPCC's aged care forum where RNs, ENs, PCAs, allied health professionals and managers committed to the ongoing implementation of the palliative approach in RACFs will come together to to explore and discuss 
  • available resources to recognise & improve end of life care
  • legislative changes (Medical Treatment Planning & Decisions Act & VAD) and
Presenters include:
  • Dr Barbara Hayes Palliative Care Physician
  • Carol Barbeler Aged Care Project Manager Gippsland
  • Jane Newbound Aged Care Project Manager SMRPCC
When: Wednesday 20 November 9am - 3.30pm
Where: Sandown Park Hotel, Noble Park
Cost: Free (places are strictly limited and registration is essential)
To register: Click here

SMRPCC 2019 Annual Report

Now available

Our 2018/19 Financial Year Annual Report is now available. Highlights include: 
  • A message from the Consortium Chair
  • Activities delivered and resources produced by our MND Shared Care Worker
  • Highlights from our best-attended annual clinical forum
  • Trends identified through our Aged Care Project's
    Deceased Residents File Audit
  • Activities and resources delivered to the Disability sector
To read or download a copy of the report, click here.

Disability health supports now being funded by the NDIS

Available from 1 October 

The NDIA has released an updated NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue 2019–20, effective 1 October 2019, to include more than 90 disability-related health supports that will now be funded under the NDIS.

Health supports that the NDIS will fund include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Continence supports
  • Respiratory supports
  • Dysphagia supports
  • Wound and pressure care supports
  • Nutrition supports and
  • Diabetic management supports
To allow people to start accessing these supports right away, the NDIA have made a transitional arrangement that allows Participants to use their core budgets to purchase these items. The ability to pay for disability-related therapy and nursing health supports from the core support budget will cease when participant plan reviews are completed. The NDIA will communicate more on this as it happens.

For a comprehensive summary of the changes and access to the price guide, click here.

Keep up to date with the latest Palliative Care and Disability news: Like our Facebook page

The Southern Metropolitan Region Disability Project aims to coordinate information and activity for people with disabilities who require palliative care, in particular those living in a Group Home.
To support this aim, the Project has a Facebook page which disseminates events, information and training opportunities relevant to staff working in group homes and interested palliative care specialists. 

Click here to go to the new Facebook page then "like" the page to receive information in your Facebook timeline.  

Please note: you must be logged into your Facebook account for the link to work. If you prefer to search for the page, it's called Southern Metro Palliative Care Consortium Disability & RACF projects

New resources to support PCOC

Education, notifications and a national conference

New Online Essentials Course 

This short course for managers and clinicians learning about the PCOC assessment tools, implementing PCOC and reports.

PCOC Essentials for clinicians who need to:

  1. Understand PCOC assessments
  2. Refresh their knowledge of the PCOC tools

PCOC Essentials for managers who need to:

  1. Implement PCOC
  2. Learn about patient outcome reports and how to use the data for change 

Click here to log in or create a new account to access the course. 

** Please allow a few minutes for the course to load the first time you access it.

PCOC Outcomes and Benchmarking Conference 2019: Using evidence on patient outcomes to improve the future of palliative care 

This international gathering will build upon and showcase key initiatives and developments in outcome measurement for patients and families affected by life-limiting illness, and mark an exciting new direction for outcome measurement in palliative care in Australia and internationally.

When: 20 - 21 November 2019
Where: ICC, Sydney
Cost: Fees apply
For further information or to register: Click here

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Call for abstracts

Submissions now open!

The Scientific Committee encourages submission of abstracts reporting on completed studies relevant to the care of people with palliative care needs.

Abstracts are being accepted for the following presentation categories:
  • 20 minute Oral presentations (15 minute presentation and 5 minute questions);
  • 6 minute Speed talks; and/or
  • Poster Presentations.

For further information including submission categories, timelines and guidelines: Click here.

The 2020 PCNA Conference is being held on May 3 & 4 in Melbourne. For further information about the conference, please visit the conference website: 

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Education & training opportunities

For palliative care nurses

Physical Assessment of the Palliative Care Patient: A masterclass in palliative care

Presented by The Centre for Palliative Care

Are you an experienced nurse wishing to enhance your skills, knowledge and competence in the process of conducting a physical assessment for a palliative care patient?

This ‘hands-on’ one day workshop is a must for senior nurses i.e. Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Nurse Consultants, Nurse Practitioners or Nurse Practitioner Candidates where you will upskill on how to

  • describe the purpose and process for conducting a systematic approach to physical assessment of the palliative care patient.
  • be able to perform an accurate and detailed clinical assessment with a focus on abdominal, respiratory systems and the Mental State Examination.
  • ensure documentation accurately reflects the findings of the clinical assessment, and articulates assessment outcomes. 
When: Wednesday 30 October 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: St Vincent’s Hospital, Fitzroy
Cost: $385
For further information or to register: Click here

For managers of volunteers

Recruiting volunteers - eLearning module

Presented by Justice Connect

This 30 minute e-learning module has been developed to help Managers of Volunteers to fairly and safely recruit volunteers. The module covers how to prepare for recruiting volunteers, how to screen volunteers and how to fairly select volunteers.

Where: From your PC or device
Cost: Free
To access the learning module: Click here

SAVE THE DATE: PCV Volunteers Conference 2020 

Presented by Palliative Care Victoria   

When: Wednesday 20 May 2020
Where: Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
More information coming soon: Check PCV website for updates

For home care package providers

Webinar: Providing quality, person-centred end-of-life care at home

Hosted by Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA)

This webinar will assist Home Care Package providers providing end-of-life care to clients, and is complemented by caring@home project resources, that can be used to promote quality, person-centred end-of-life care to people who wish to be cared for and to die at home if possible.

This webinar will help you:
  • Understand the importance of providing end-of-life care to Home Care Package clients who are likely to die in the near future
  • Understand how to access and use the caring@home resources and recognise how they can benefit clients and their carers
  • Use the caring@home resources to meet the requirements of the Aged Care Quality Standards and Charter of Aged Care Rights
  • Understand how to implement the caring@home resources into current practice. 
Cost: Free
To access the webinar: Click here

For all health professionals

Webinar: Working effectively with interpreters

Presented by Centre for Culture Ethnicity & Health

Join CEH for this 30 minute lunchtime webinar for an overview of the entire process of working with an interpreter including booking, briefing, communication and debriefing an interpreter.

When: Thursday 24 October 12pm - 12.30pm
Where: via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here

Webinar: End of Life Law for Clinicians 

Presented by End of Life Law in Australia

This webinar will explore end of life law in the context of a clinical case study about an older person in residential aged care. Topics that may be explored include:

  • Capacity and consent to medical treatment;
  • Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment;
  • Advance Care Directives;
  • Substitute decision-making; 
  • Providing palliative medication; 
  • Futile or non-beneficial treatment; and
  • Emergency treatment.

The webinar is open to all clinicians. CPD points and certificates of completion are available.

When: Wednesday 9 October 7.30pm - 9pm (AEST)
Where:  via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to register:  Click here
Education & training opportunities calendar

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. 

Information & resources

Multilingual resource: How palliative care might help women 

This resource has been developed by Cancer Australia to help women with secondary breast or ovarian cancer talk about how palliative care might help them to live as well as possible when cancer has spread. The resources is available in English and ten other languages.

New bereavement resource for working with indigenous peoples 

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) has a new Guide “Working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Grief and Bereavement” to help practitioners better understand cultural practices around bereavement and grief in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

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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 485 136 ..........
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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