Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

January 2020

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In this update:

Save the date for our annual clinical forum
Print this update and display on your staff noticeboard
Involved in EoL planning? Share your views in this research project
National Advance Care Planning Week is 23 - 27 March
Ordering caring@home carer packages - new process for Victorian services
Education & training opportunities
     For GPs and practice nurses 
     For clinicians & medical students   
For those interested in tertiary study     
For aged care nurses
     For palliative care nurses 
Education & training opportunities calendar 
Information & resources
     Position Statement: ACDs within community and residential aged care
     Podcasts: MND & the various aspects of its management
     Factsheet: NDIS & palliative care 
     MyGrief: New app to support bereaved individuals
    General practice care guide: Supporting people with dementia
About the SMRPCC


...for the 2020 SMRPCC Annual Palliative Care Clinical Forum! 

Thursday 23 April 2020

This forum is for staff and clinicians working in our member services. Further details will be available in February.

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Print this update and pin it up! 

Electronic distribution of our update is preferred however we recognise this is not always possible.

We now have a pdf version of the monthly update available which you can download, print and display.
Click here to print this update

Involved with supporting people with EOL planning?

Research project seeks health practitioners' views

This research project, led by Deakin University, will explore end of life care planning and participation of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD). The research team are seeking participation from health care practitioners who may be involved in supporting people (with and without disabilities) with end of life planning.

For further information, view the flyer or contact Julie Anderson, Deakin University at

Save the dates

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.  

Health and community groups interested in hosting a National Advance Care Planning Week for 2020 can register their event on the National Advance Care Planning Week website in early 2020. Stay tuned!

Ordering caring@home carer packages

New process for Victorian services

Until recently, caring@home carer packages in Victoria were provided by Shannon's Bridge. Moving forward, all Victorian orders will be provided centrally by the caring@home project team.

Victorian services can order carer packages here

Education & training opportunities

For GPs and practice nurses

Workshop: Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

Presented by Calvary Healthcare Bethlehem Parkdale and PEPA

General Practitioners who care for people with a life-limiting illness and Practice Nurses are encouraged to attend. Topics include: 
  • Recognising patients who need palliative care
  • Communicating about end of life issues
  • Advance care planning
  • Voluntary assisted dying in Victoria
  • Assessing and managing common symptoms
When: 13 February 2020, 6.30pm - 9pm
Where: Calvary Healthcare Bethlehem, Parkdale
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here

For clinicians & medical students

End of Life Law for Clinicians and OPA Workshop

Presented by the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA)  

End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) is a free training program for clinicians and medical students about the law relating to end of life decision-making. This interactive workshop will involve discussion of end of life law in the context of a clinical case study.

Presenters and topics include: 
  • Professor Ben White from the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) will present the case study, with clinical co-presenter 
  • Dr Barbara Hayes, Clinical Leader – Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care Consultant, Northern Health.
  • Sonia Gardiner from OPA will then present a 30 minute session on Victoria’s Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.
When: 21 February 2020, 10am - 12.30pm
Where: Victorian Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission, Carlton
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here

For those interested in tertiary study

Applications open for 2020 graduate courses

University of Melbourne

Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care

When: February or July intake (12 months part-time)
Where: Parkville Campus
Cost: Fees apply
For further information: Click here

Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

When: February or July intake (2 years part-time)
Where: Parkville Campus
Cost: Fees apply
For further information: Click here 

For aged care nurses

Aged Care Nursing – Improving Quality of Life Conference

Presented by Ausmed

This 2-day conference provides nurses and related health professionals with specialist knowledge that enables empathetic, holistic care of older adults. Learning outcomes include:

  • Respond to the needs of older people who require person-centred care
  • Plan holistic care in conjunction with older people, who have chronic conditions, that is attuned to their desired outcomes
  • Develop and document care plans that are based on the individual’s preference and current evidence relating to their specific needs
  • Improve the wellbeing of older people by implementing a range of simple but effective activities
When: 27 - 28 February 2020
Where: Oaks on Collins, Melbourne
Cost: Fees apply
For further information or to register: Click here

For palliative care nurses

SAVE THE DATE: Palliative Care Nurses Australia Conference

Presented by PCNA

When: 3 & 4 May 2020
Where: Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne
Costs: Fees apply - early bird rates available until 3 March
For further information: 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

Position Statement: Advance Care Directives within community & residential aged care 


Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has released a position statement regarding ACDs in residential and community aged care. It identifies common issues and includes recommendations to help ensure the delivery of legally-compliant and ethically-sound advance care planning. 

Podcasts: MND and the various aspects of its management 


The MND Shared Care Worker at SMRPCC has produced a series with 6 individual podcasts on MND and the various aspects of its management. If you work in aged care or primary health and have a client with MND, these podcasts will help you to better understand the illness and improve your care.

NDIS and Palliative Care fact sheet

This fact sheet, produced by the SMRPCC especially for palliative care practitioners, summarises who is eligible for the NDIS, what's funded by the NDIS and how to access it. It also includes a section identifying issues for palliative care and information about how to intervene when the need for support is urgent. 

New app to support bereaved individuals 


The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement has launched the world first app specifically designed to support bereaved individuals and their family and friends.

MyGrief app has two main components: The first includes a series of questions which will provide the bereaved person with an indication as to how effectively they are currently managing their grief. The second component provides bereaved people with support, guidance and strategies to enable them to self manage their grief journey and directs them to additional support resources when appropriate. 

General practice care guide to supporting people with dementia

The University of Sydney Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre have brought evidence-based information and current best practice together to create this booklet to support GPs and other primary carers  when caring for people with dementia in their practice. 



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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