Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

August 2019

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Postgraduate scholarship opportunity for nurses & midwives
Tailored and in-language support to migrant carers
Five new case studies added to the EoL Directions Toolkit
Mental health services in RACFs - now available across the region
Eight new palliative care education videos for GPs
Flowchart & app to help assess if your adult patient can consent
Education & training opportunities
     For PCAs 
     For oncology and palliative care clinicians
     For those working in the palliative care sector   
     For those working with CALD clients 
     For those working with aboriginal or TSI clients
     For all health professionals
Education & training opportunities calendar 
Information & resources
     Getting the language right: Writing for the NDIS
     Especially for palliative care volunteers: How to be an even better listener
     Working together toolkit
     Pain Management: National Strategic Action Plan
     VAD implementation resources 
About the SMRPCC

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Postgraduate scholarship opportunity

Apply by 31 August

The Australian Nurses Memorial Centre (ANMC) offers a number of scholarships to exceptional candidates, such as nurses and midwives, undertaking postgraduate study at an Australian University or accredited higher education institution. 

Applications are now open for six scholarships for postgraduate study by nurses and midwives in 2020.

For further information or to apply, click here.

Tailored and in-language support to migrant carers

Now available

MCWH is providing free in-language and tailored support to migrant carers and their family and friends, through a support companion. The support is available to anyone who is:
  • Looking after a family-member or friend with a life-limiting illness
  • In metropolitan Melbourne and from an immigrant or refugee background
  • Feeling overwhelmed and having difficulty navigating the health system
  • Feeling isolated and simply wanting to talk to someone in their own language.

This support is available in Greek, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Hindi, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Syrian, Italian, Croatian, Assyrian, Dari, Farsi, Urdu, Karen, Burmese and Hakka-Chin.

For more details, view the flyer or register your interest to pair with a bilingual support worker by contacting Project Officer, Yue Gao at, or 03 9418 0922.

New case studies in End of Life Directions Toolkit

For health professionals working in aged care

Five new case studies have been added to the End of Life Directions for Aged Care Legal Toolkit for GPs, nurses and others working in aged care who would like to learn more about managing common end of life legal issues that arise in practice.
The new case studies are:

new factsheet on Assisted Dying has also been released, explaining the law in Australia and Victoria.

Mental health services in RACFs

Now available across the region

Star Health will provide new mental health services for older people with low to mild mental illness who reside in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) in the South Eastern Melbourne PHN region.

This service will be provided onsite at RACFs to support residents with a mental illness who could benefit from individual, family and/or group psychological interventions from allied health professionals.

The service will be gradually rolled out across the catchment from July 2019 until June 2022.

New series of palliative care education videos

Especially for GPs

The Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE) has released a series of short palliative care educational videos for general practitioners. Each video is less than 10 minutes and can be viewed for free on Vimeo.

Click on the topic below to watch the video: 
  1. Cancer Pain
  2. Case Conferencing
  3. Grief and Loss
  4. Nausea and Vomiting
  5. Paediatric Palliative Care
  6. Principles of Palliative Care
  7. Prognostication
  8. Spirituality

'Can your adult patient consent?'

Flowchart and app 

The Office of the Public Advocate has updated the 'Can your adult patient consent?' app and flowchart, to highlight the importance of health practitioners considering whether a patient is likely to recover decision-making capacity within a reasonable time before seeking a decision from a substitute decision maker.

The app and flowchart takes health practitioners through the steps they need to take if a patient is unable to consent to medical treatment. It is aimed at helping health practitioners to quickly identify how to proceed in a range of typical scenarios.

The app can be downloaded for free from either the Google Play or iTunes stores and accessed anytime, anywhere on a mobile phone.

The flowchart is available as a two-sided colour poster, designed to be printed on A3 paper and can be downloaded here.

Education & Training Opportunities

For personal care attendants (PCAs)

Introduction to Palliative Care & Palliative Approach

Presented by Eastern Palliative Care

This one-day course presented by Eastern Palliative Care is designed to be an interactive workshop that enables participants to discuss issues they are concerned about, or may have encountered, when caring for a client/resident at end of life.

The course facilitators and guest presenters are experienced clinicians and educators who provide education to the wider community, across many settings.

When: 19 September 8.45am - 5pm
Where: EPC, Mitcham
Cost: $175
For further information or to register: Click here

For oncology and palliative care clinicians

Clinical Consultation Skills Retreat

Presented by Cancer Council Victoria & Deakin University

This 3-day Clinical Consultation Skills Retreat is designed specifically to enhance core communication skills and mentoring capabilities for clinical scenarios, including 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. Areas of focus include:

  • Delivering bad news
  • Managing mismatched expectations
  • Determining goals of care
  • Discussing end-of-life care
When: 21 - 23 October (costs include accommodation for Sunday night 20 Oct)
Where: RACV Resort, Torquay
Cost: Fees apply
For further information or to register: Click here

For those working in the palliative care sector

Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019

Presented by Palliative Care Australia

Since its launch 30 years ago, this conference (formerly the Australian Palliative Care Conference) has provided a curated program that informs and inspires professionals, volunteers and consumers. You will meet clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers and more who have a passion for palliative care.

When: 10 - 13 September
Where: Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: Fees apply
For further information or to register: Click here

For those working with CALD clients

PEPA Culture Centred Care (CALD) Palliative Care Workshop

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

This free workshop promotes principles of person and culture-centred care of people with a life-limiting illness, their families and communities and enables health professionals to move beyond "cultural awareness" and develop confidence and practical skills to deliver effective and respectful services to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

When: 4 September 9.30am - 4.30pm
Where: Bunurong Memorial Park, Dandenong South
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here

For those working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander clients

Cultural Safety Training for Medical Health Professionals

Hosted by Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative Ltd (DDACL) and presented by AJ Williams-Tchen of Girraway Ganyi Consultancy.

This six hour cultural safety workshop provides a cultural perspective on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander clients, families and carers in general practice and community care. Participants are taken on a journey through PowerPoint presentations, films, discussions and experiential learning opportunities.

When: 15 August 9.00am - 4.00pm
Where: Grey St, St Kilda
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here

For all health professionals

Responding to emotions in cancer 

Presented by Cancer Council Victoria

This course is designed to enhance core communication skills for responding to emotional reactions to cancer. Through experiential learning with simulated patients, participants apply communication skills frameworks to respond effectively and build rapport. 

This course is tailored to challenges from individual’s own clinical practice which makes it a relevant learning environment for all cancer clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals. 

When: Two sessions to choose from:18 or 25 September 1pm - 5pm 
Where:  CCV, St Kilda Rd, St Kilda
Cost: Fees apply
For further information: View the flyer

Safer Care Victoria Conference: Giant Steps 2019 

Presented by Safer Care Victoria

If you are interested in finding a better, safer way to deliver healthcare, Giant Steps 2019 is for you!

Learn about the latest in:

  • quality improvement
  • emerging health challenges
  • leadership
  • delivering high-quality care.
When: Thursday 21 & Friday 22 November
Where:  Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: Fees apply
For further information, to view the program 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

Getting the language right: Writing for the NDIS 

To write effective supporting documentation for people with disabilities and complex support needs seeking access to the NDIS (or needing to change existing plans), you need to get the words right. 

This health practitioner's guide to writing reports, letters, forms and assessments for the NDIS was produced by the Summer Foundation  with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services and with support from for the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services.


Especially for palliative care volunteers 

This resource was developed to support palliative care volunteers who (when surveyed) requested more training with regard to listening. This practical guide for hospice and palliative care volunteers is about how to ask open-ended questions, how to use body language and nonverbal communication, and how to develop one’s emotional capacity for listening. And to take it one step further, exploring the spirituality of listening — one that is more about the human spirit in general than about religious beliefs in particular.


Working together toolkit 

This Toolkit from ELDAC aims to help establish partnerships between aged, primary and palliative care services.  It steps through the processes to develop and implement a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership. 

Pain Management: National Strategic Action Plan 


The Action Plan, developed by Pain Australia after extensive consultation, sets out the key priority actions to improve access to, and knowledge of best practice pain management for the next three years.


VAD implementation resources 

The Victorian government has produced a range of resources for both community/consumers and health practitioners/services to support the implementation of the Act. 

Palliative Care Australia has released Voluntary Assisted Dying in Australia: Guiding principles for those providing care to people living with a life-limiting illness. The set of seven principles is national in scope and designed to sit alongside enacted state legislation where it exists, organisational ethical frameworks and professional codes of conduct.

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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)

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