Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

July 2021

Monthly Update
In this update:

RACFs - complete our survey to help us advocate on your behalf
MND health professionals webinar series - from MND Victoria
MND podcasts with written transcripts available from SMRPCC
LGBTIQ+ Palliative Care Survey - all views welcome
Oceanic Palliative Care Conference - view the program
Free domestic violence and response training - DV alert
Upcoming PEPA workshops
Online calendar of local training and education opportunities
Education & training opportunities
     For those who want to further their palliative care knowledge
     For those working in acute hospitals delivering end-of-life care
     For health professionals working with people who have cancer
     For aged care nurses
     For everyone
Information & resources 
     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
     COVID-19 Vaccination: Shared decision making guide   
Recently launched: International Neuropalliative Care Society
     Responding to COVID-19: Multiple links and resources
About the SMRPCC

To all RACFs in the SMR

Help us advocate on your behalf!

We are currently undertaking a survey to develop a better understanding of the capacity of the aged care sector in the Southern Metropolitan region. If you have already completed the survey, Thank You! 

The survey is VERY brief and asks a few questions that will help us to advocate on behalf of the sector and to plan activities over the coming year.

One of the first questions we ask is which facility you are from. This information is essential to identify which community palliative care or residential in-reach team you might be using. Were hoping to collect information for the entire region, which can then be segregated to support hubs or sub regions within the sector.

Access the survey at:

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From MND Victoria

Live webinars especially for health professionals

This webinar series will provide an overview of topics relevant for those health professionals working with people living with MND. It is also suitable for those wanting to increase their knowledge on particular areas of practice and learn more about MND.
There will be expert presenters sharing their knowledge and experience working in this field and time available for questions during each webinar. Topics and dates include:
  • MND and the NDIS - Wednesday 4 August 11am - 12pm
  • MND & respiratory considerations - Tuesday 5 October 11am - 12pm
  • MND & communication - Wednesday 10 November 11am - 12pm
Cost: $25 per webinar 
For further information or to register: Click here

MND resources available from SMRPCC

Free podcasts with written transcripts

Our podcast series includes eight podcasts, each with a written transcript, on various aspects of Motor Neurone Disease, its presentation and management. Topics include: **These podcasts are available on the PodBean App which can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play to your phone or PC and provides easy access to a variety of video and audio podcasts. To find our audio podcast(s) simply search for and follow SMRPCC's Podcasts.

Podcasts and transcripts are also available on the MND page of the SMRPCC website.

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

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

Free Domestic and Family Violence Response 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.

Delivered by Lifeline Australia, DV-alert includes on-line learning courses, virtual workshops and face-to-face activities to support frontline workers to confidently: 
  • RECOGNISE signs of domestic and family violence
  • RESPOND with appropriate care
  • REFER people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence to appropriate support services
Click here for further information and to view the variety of training sessions available.

Upcoming PEPA workshops

Register now - places are filling fast!

The aim of PEPA workshops is for participants to acquire knowledge, skills and confidence in providing palliative care for people with a life-limiting illness, and their families. They provide an ideal opportunity to learn from experienced specialist staff to enhance skills, knowledge and experience in the palliative approach.

Registrations are now open for the following workshops:

PEPA Victoria Palliative Approach Workshop
When: Thursday 12th August, 8.30am – 4.00pm
Where: Online
For further information or to register: Click here

PEPA Victoria Culture Centred Care – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives
When: Tuesday 17th August, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Online
For further information or to register: Click here

PEPA Victoria Palliative Care in General Practice
When: Wednesday 18th August, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Where: Online
For further information or to register: Click here

PEPA Palliative Approach – Advanced Communication skills
When: Wednesday 15th September, 9.00am - 1.00pm
Where: Mary McKillop Heritage Centre, East Melbourne
For further information or to register: Click here to register

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 those who want to further their palliative care knowledge

Palliative care education virtual workshops

Presented by Banksia Palliative Care Service

Banksia’s Learning Centre team have transitioned our education to a virtual platform (MS Teams) and are now offering multiple sessions to attendees regardless of their location.

Education sessions are facilitated by highly trained and experienced Educators, with qualifications and expertise in all areas of palliative care. Topics and dates as follows: 

  • Session 1- Introduction to palliative care (14 July)
  • Session 2- Importance of psychosocial support (21 July)
  • Session 3- Pain management (28 July)
  • Session 4- End of life (4 August)
  • Session 5- Opioid conversions and syringe drivers (11 August)
  • Session 6- Symptom management part 1 (18 August)
  • Session 7- Symptom management part 2 (25 August)
  • Session 8- Palliative emergencies, treatments, and assessment tools (1 September)

Time:  9am - 12.30pm
Where: Online via your PC or device 
Cost: $220 per session. Book 3 or more sessions and a discount of 20% applies. Book all 8 sessions at a total cost of $1,375 (save $385).
For further information: Click here
To access the enrolment form: Click here

Please note: This workshop series is scheduled for delivery again from October 2021. Session dates are available via the above links.

What is palliative care? It’s more than you think (webcast)

Presented by Palliative Care Australia & Parliamentary friends of palliative care

Palliative Care Australia together with two Parliamentary Friends Co-Convenors, the Hon Nola Marino MP and Senator Catryna Bilyk, held the May Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care event during NPCW. The live webcast was recorded and is now available on demand. Speakers include: 

  • The Hon Nola Marino MP – Co-Convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care
  • Professor Meera Agar – Chair, Palliative Care Australia and Professor of Palliative Medicine, IMPACCT Centre, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Helen Walker – Deputy Chair, Palliative Care Australia and Clinical Services Coordinator, Laurel Hospice in Adelaide
  • Mike Sarah – Creative Director, Couch Creative
  • Les Winton – Researcher & Insight Provider, Winton Sustainable Research Strategies

When: On demand
Where: Online via your PC or device 
Cost: Free
To watch the webcast: Click here

For those working in acute hospitals delivering end-of-life care

States of Minds - Online modules

Presented by End-of-Life Essentials Project

In these new education modules, there are resources to help health care professionals provide more encompassing care to a patient at the end-of-life. Topics include:

  • States of Mind at the End of Life which focusses on describing aspects of psychosocial and existential wellbeing in end-of-life care.
  • Assessing Patient States of Mind at the End of Life which focusses on screening for psycho-existential symptoms.
  • Clinical Management of Anxiety, Depression and More which focusses on the clinical management of anxiety, demoralisation, depression, and existential distress.
When: On demand
Where: Online via your PC or device 
Cost: Free
To access the modules: Click here

For health professionals working with people who have cancer 

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 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 everyone

Let's talk about death over Zoom 

Presented by Calvary Healthcare Bethlehem

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us more aware of illness, dying, and mortality. It’s not easy to talk about what we want at the end of life, but it’s important. We have learned that we can get through tough situations… including talking about death. Talking about death doesn’t have to be difficult. So sit back, relax and let the facilitators guide you through the discussion over a cuppa.

When: Friday 6 August 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here
Please note: This event is designed for people aged 18 years and over.

Information & resources

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.


Shared decision-making guide for people receiving palliative or end-of-life care 

The Department of Health has published this guide to help a person receiving palliative or end-of-life care, or their caregiver, make an informed decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The guide will be updated as more information and new vaccines become available.

Recently launched: International Neuropalliative Care Society 

The International Neuropalliative Care Society (INPCS) has just been launched to promote the integration of palliative care within neurological services with the mission “to raise standards of care for all people affected by neurologic illness”. View the Society's website for membership details, meeting dates, resources and education opportunities.

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 485 136
Jane Newbound......Aged Care Project Officer......0433 418 
Stephenie Cook ......Training Coordinator ............ 0417 859

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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