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Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

 
March 2021

Monthly Update
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National Advance Care Planning Week - 22 to 26 March
Webinar series from the OPA - Healthy Discussions project
End of Life Essentials - free online education and resources
Where the wild things are - virtual conference
2021 palliative care masterclasses - registrations now open
Education & training opportunities
     For GPs     
     
For health professionals working in aged care
     For those who want to better understand palliative care
     For those working in aged care
     For PCAs
     For everyone
Information & resources 
     
Royal Commission into aged care quality & safety final report
     Caring@home app   
     
Royal commission into Victoria's mental health system final report 
     Courageous conversations podcasts
     Self care resource for aged care workers
     Telehealth resources: Guiding principles and decision tool
Responding to COVID-19: Multiple links and resources
About the SMRPCC
 

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A time to talk about what matters most

How you can get involved


National Advance Care Planning Week is an annual initiative by Advance Care Planning Australia that encourages all Australians, regardless of their age or health status, to make their future health care preferences known. Get involved by: 

Healthy Discussions project

From the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA)

The Healthy Discussions project aims to support health professionals improve their communication with, and understanding of, people with disability.

As part of the project, OPA will be running six webinars for health practitioners with input from people with disability. The first session will be held in March (see below). 

In addition, the project will create three short videos and provide opportunities for organisations to have their own online information session. To enquire about an information session for your organisation, email the Healthy Discussions project team at OPA-Projects@justice.vic.gov.au 

Webinar 1: Supported decision-making and the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act

This online Zoom webinar is for professionals in the health and allied services sectors and includes hearing from people with lived experience of disability.

The session will include information about:

  • What the Act says about supported decision-making
  • The role of a medical treatment decision maker
When: Tuesday 23 March 12pm - 1pm
Where: Online from your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here

End of Life Essentials

Free online education modules 


This website provides online learning opportunities and practice resources for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to improve the quality and safety of end-of-life care in hospitals. There are currently 10 education modules which are free to view. 
In upcoming modules on psychosocial and existential wellbeing, there will be topics to help health care professionals provide more encompassing care to a patient at the end-of-life, including topics on:
  • Being a burden, dependency and lack of autonomy
  • Awareness and open discussions of death
  • Who is particularly vulnerable at the end-of-life 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
For further information or to access the webinars: Click here

Grampians Region Palliative Care virtual conference

Register by 31 March for early bird rates

This biannual Palliative Care Conference is for health professionals wishing to expand their knowledge of palliative care. This year the conference is going virtual and will explore emerging treatments and their role in managing symptom distress at end of life.

The conference program will bring together expert speakers and include plenary sessions and panel discussions on:
  • Magic mushrooms and death anxiety
  • Homelessness
  • End of life care in prisons
  • Hope, Heart and Healing in health care
  • Immunotherapy in advanced cancer
  • Organ donation and the palliative care interface
  • and much more
When: Thursday 13 & Friday 14 May 
Cost: 1 day - $180, 2 days - $280 ($240 early bird) 
For further information or to register: Click here

Presented by the Centre for Palliative Care 

Registrations now open

The Centre for Palliative Care provides educational opportunities for clinicians working in specialist palliative care settings as well as those who work in care settings where patients will benefit from a palliative approach to care.

All teaching is provided by clinicians and educators who are experienced and passionate about palliative care.  The program content is evidence based and informed by clinical practice and all participants will receive a certificate of CPD hours for each Masterclass they attend.

  • Upcoming Masterclasses include: 
  • Communication skills (online, 7 April)
  • Writing for publication (online, 5 May)
  • Physical assessment (face-to-face, COVID permitting, 9 June)
For further information or to register: Click here

Education & training opportunities

For GPs

Pain management in palliative care (online)

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

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

This PEPA workshop will be facilitated by Dr Fiona Runacres, palliative care specialist at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem and Monash Health whose clinical interests include specialist palliative care for patients with life-limiting non-malignant disease, including renal supportive care and neuropalliative care.

When: Thursday 18 March 6pm - 8pm
Where: Online via your PC or device 
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here
Please note: This workshop includes a prerequisite activity - details are available through the link above.
 

Palliative care for general practitioners (online)

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

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

This interactive education session utilises group discussion and case studies to provide a greater understanding of palliative care. Topics include:

  • Recognising patients who need palliative care
  • Communicating about end of life issues
  • Voluntary assisted dying in Victoria
  • Assessing and managing common symptoms
  • Advance care planning
When: Thursday 15 April 6pm - 8pm
Where: Online via your PC or device 
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here
Please note: This workshop includes a prerequisite activity - details are available through the link above.
 

For health professionals working in aged care

Palliative Approach AGED CARE Workshop (online)

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

The aim of the workshop is to assist health professionals working in aged care to acquire knowledge, skills and confidence in providing a palliative approach for people living with a life -limiting illness, and their families. The workshop will be delivered online over 5 weeks. One session each week using the ZOOM application. Topics and dates include: 

  1. Principles of Palliative Care – Thursday 8th April 2021
  2. Communication – Thursday 15th April 2021
  3. Providing Care – Thursday 22nd April2021
  4. Advance Care Planning & Ethical Issues in Palliative Care – Thursday 29th April 2021
  5. End-of-life Care & Self Care – Thursday 6th May 2021

Time: 1pm - 3pm
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here
Please note: To receive a Certificate of Completion, attendance at all 5 sessions in sequence is required.

For those who want to better understand palliative care

Palliative care education sessions

Presented by Banksia Palliative Care


Banksia’s comprehensive interactive virtual palliative care education sessions have been developed to provide all attendees with greater understanding and knowledge of general palliative care principles. Attendees can participate in single or multiple sessions to enhance their palliative care skills and knowledge.
  • Opioid conversions and syringe drivers (10 March)
  • Symptom management part 1 (17 March)
  • Symptom management part 2 (24 March)
  • Palliative emergencies, treatments, and assessment tools (31 March)
Where: Online via MS Teams
Time: 9am - 12.30pm
Cost: $220 per session (Discounts apply for multiple session bookings)
For further information and to register: View the flyer
 

Registered nurses introduction to palliative care

Presented by Eastern Palliative Care


This course - relevant to all care settings - provides Division 1 and Division 2 RNs with an introduction to palliative care. It explores the comprehensive needs of the dying and their families and gives an overview of some common issues that confront professional carers on a day-to-day basis when caring for the terminally ill.

The course schedule is as follows: 
  • Day 1 (mandatory) Thursday 29 April 
  • Day 2 (mandatory) Thursday 6 May
  • Day 3 (optional) Thursday 13 May 
  • Day 4 (optional) 1 day scheduled between 14 - 24 May
There are 3 options to complete the course: 
  • Option 1 Days 1 & 2 ($370)
  • Option 2 Days 1, 2 & 3 ($550)
  • Option 3 Days 1-4 ($700)
For further information and to register: Click here
 

For those working in aged care

Trauma and aged care webinar series

Presented by Phoenix Australia


This resource includes two webinars produced by Phoenix Australia and is aimed at aged care sector leaders, managers and wellbeing staff, and aged care peak bodies. 

When: On demand
  • Webinar 1: Identifying and Managing Trauma within the Aged Care Sector (56 minutes)
  • Webinar 2: Understanding Trauma and Dementia in Aged Care
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information or to view the webinars: Click here
 

For personal care attendants (PCAs)

Introduction to Palliative Care & Palliative Approach for Personal Care Attendants (PCAs)

Presented by Eastern Palliative Care


This course one day provides Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) working in aged care facilities, disability or other community care providers, with an introduction to palliative care. It explores the comprehensive needs of people at the end of life and their families, gives an overview of some common issues that confront clients and carers on a day-to-day basis and incorporates guidelines for a palliative approach to care.

When: Thursday 22 April 8:45am – 5:00pm (register by 8 April)
Where: EPC, Mitcham Vic
Cost: $185
For further information or to register: Click here
 

For everyone

Palliative care through an economic lens – exploring and arguing the need for greater investment (webinar)

Presented by Parliamentary friends of palliative care & Palliative Care Australia

This event will examine palliative care through an economic lens. We will explore the need for greater investment in palliative care as informed by the KPMG Palliative Care Economic Report – Investing to Save: the Economics of Increased Investment in Palliative Care in Australia.
 
Speakers include:

  • Jennifer Westacott AO, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
  • Dr Chris Shilling, Director, Economics & Modelling, KPMG Australia
  • Professor Rosemary Calder AM, Professor of Health Policy, Mitchell Institute
  • Associate Professor Andrew Broadbent, Medical Director, Supportive and Specialist Palliative Services, Gold Coast Hospital
  • Dr Elissa Campbell, Geriatrician, Palliative Medicine Specialist, President, PCWA
When: Friday 19 March 11am - 12pm AEDT
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information: Click here
To register: Click here 
 

Dying2Learn – conversations with the Australian community around death and dying (webinar)

Presented by Palliative Nexus

This Pal-Spectives webinar is presented by Prof Tieman, Palliative and Supportive Services and Matthew Flinders Fellow, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and will outline the Dying2Learn MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) which won the Innovation in Palliative Care award in 2017. She will discuss the research arising from this MOOC including community perspectives on death and dying.

When: Wednesday 31 March 4pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
To register: Click here
 

The impact of the revised Opioid prescribing changes (webinar)

Presented by the Department of Health

This on-demand webinar is hosted by Prof. Michael Kidd AM and focuses on the impact of the revised Opioid prescribing changes from 1 June 2020. It also includes an expert panel from the Department of Health who share information and answer audience questions. 

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

Information & resources

Final Report: Royal Commission into aged care quality and safety 

The Royal Commission has released it's final report titled Care, Dignity and Respect which calls for fundamental and systemic aged care reform and includes recommendations for actions to the problems identified. Visit the website to view or download the full report, the summary of the final report and list of recommendations.

Caring@home app

To assist health professionals supporting families, carers and patients, caring@home has designed a purpose-built app for phones and tablets. The new app - caring@home resources - gives easy and quick access to all caring@home resources for health professionals and for carers in English and nine other languages (including training videos) and health professionals. Get it now on Google Play and coming soon to the Apple App Store.
 

Final Report: Royal Commission into Victoria's mental health system

The Royal Commission has released it's final report which includes 65 recommendations which outline system-wide changes to create a mental health and wellbeing system that is contemporary and adaptable and ensures people have access to a system that is compassionate, responsive to needs and based on personal rights and preferences. View or download the report here or visit the website to view the recommendations and supporting resources

 

Courageous conversations podcasts in 7 languages

Multicultural communities may not be aware of palliative care or may not have the same views around care practice and systems. To help address this, CareSearch collaborated to create podcasts that aim to promote understanding of palliative care and awareness of support services. The podcasts are available in Cantonese, Croatian, Greek, Mandarin, Spanish, and Ukranian. English versions of the podcasts were also created for the wider community. 
 

Self care resource for aged care workers 

Palliative Care Australia and Dr Jason Mills developed this Self-Care Matters (Aged Care) resource, which assists all aged care workers in residential facilities or community settings with practising self-care to support the quality and sustainability of the care they provide to older Australians. While it builds from the general Self-Care Matters resource, this version explores self-care within the important context of aged care, where palliative and end-of-life care are increasingly vital. It gives voice to the unique perspectives of experienced aged care providers.
 

Telehealth resources: Guiding principles and decision tool 

Safer Care Victoria has published its Tele-health decision tool and guiding principles for using telehealth. The tool is designed to guide clinicians to make decisions in partnership with consumers about using tele-health (video or telephone) in their clinical care.

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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The SMRPCC


Who we are & how you can contact us: 

 

Name                            Role                                        Phone                            Email
Tanja Bahro............Consortium Manager............  0418 584 106 ............tanja.bahro@smrpcc.org.au
Tess Storr................Administration Officer............ 0428 485 136 ............tess.storr@smrpcc.org.au
Jane Newbound......Aged Care Project Officer......0433 418 010.............jane.newbound@smrpcc.org.au 
Stephenie Cook ......Training Coordinator ............ 0417 859 297............stephenie.cook@smrpcc.org.au

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 tess.storr@smrpcc.org.au 

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