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SEMPHN - GP survey

The South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) recently commenced work on the Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care project aiming to increase awareness of palliative and end of life care at home, and improve coordination and integration of end-of-life care across primary, secondary, tertiary and community health services.
 
To increase their understanding of how GP’s work with Palliative Care services and patients, they have created a 4-minute GP survey.
We would be most grateful if you would please share the survey with GPs in your network. Thank you!
 
Click this link or type bit.ly/gppallhome into your browser.
 

 
Resources for Families / Carers
These are two great resources to make it easier for families:
  • My collaborative care plan was developed by LaTrobe university as part of a bigger project. Check it out here
  • The Australian Death Notification Service (ADNS) is a free national service that allows family members to notify multiple organisations of a death using a single online notification.
    Learn more here

PCV has a new training calendar!

Check out their new website or enter your events here:
https://www.pallcarevic.asn.au/page/79/submit-an-event

Clinical Skills in Palliative Care

Because of the current workforce movements, some clinicians have made their way into palliative care, Welcome to the sector! We would like to introduce two excellent resources for assessing and improving your palliative care skills:
  • Palliative Care Professional Development Opportunities booklet - Gippsland PC consortium

The Palliative Care Professional Development Opportunities booklet was developed to assist health professionals to respond to their self-assessment of their palliative care skills and knowledge.

The booklet  provides a list of palliative care resources, websites and education available to assist health professionals to develop their palliative care skill set in accordance with the National Palliative Care Standards. Check it out here

  • The Western Australian Government has produced a similar resource. You can access it here

 
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Education & Training Opportunities

Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education - Oncology Update Symposium Twilight Teaching | GI & Urology
When: Wednesday, June 15th | 5:30-6:30pm (AEST)
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar


Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing | Managing Equal and Mutually Beneficial Partnerships with Multicultural Communities
When: Wednesday, June 22nd | 2-3:30pm (AEST)
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar


Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education - Oncology Update Symposium Twilight Teaching | Immunotherapy
When: Wednesday, June 22nd | 5:30-6:30pm (AEST)
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar
MND Education - Physiotherapy
When: Thursday the 23rd of June, 2-3pm
Where: online here: 
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89609421270


Swinburne University of Technology, Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults | Family therapy approaches in dementia care
When: Friday, 24th June | 4;45-6pm (AEST)
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar


Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education - Oncology Update Symposium Twilight Teaching | MDS & Targeted Therapies
When: Wednesday, June 29th | 5:30-6:30pm (AEST)
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar


Swinburne University of Technology, Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults | Reminiscence Therapy
When: Friday, 8th July | 4;45-6pm (AEST)
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar
SMRPCC Training 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

New Resource on Motor Neurone Disease for Aged Care

We have developed a new short resource for people who care for residents with MND.
It includes an overview of important clinical issues, links to support and further info and an example care plan. Check it out here
Clinical Practice Group (CPG) Guidelines


The Gippsland Region Clinical Practice Group have developed Clinical Practice (CPG) Guidelines; to assist health service and clinical staff across the Gippsland region to facilitate evidence based practice in palliative care.

Clinical guidelines are intended to provide general advice to the medical, nursing, and allied health staff working with clients who have life limiting illness.

Organisations and health care professionals should ensure that in using the GRPCC guidelines that they are complementary to their current organisational governance structures, and individual clinicians scope of practice.

To view a comprehensive version of the guidelines

The North and West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium have developed two short webinars for the sector to build capacity and knowledge regarding handover and needs rounds in RACFs. The videos have been designed to provide quick and engaging messaging; useful for RACF staff.
Access the Webinars
National Palliative Care Standards for All Health Professionals and Aged Care Services:
These Care Standards have been developed to complement the National Palliative Care Standards (NCPS) 5th edition 2018, with the aim of supporting better experiences and outcomes for people receiving generalist palliative care.

 
View the Standards

LGBTQ+ Toolkit for Palliative Care and End of Life Decisions

ACON has created this toolkit to make it easier to open conversations about death and dying through an LGBTQ+
lens and help to explore the different issues faced in a palliative care setting.

 

Ask Annie - Dementia Australia

Ask Annie is a purpose-built app to support care workers through self-paced professional development. 
To show support to the sector, the first three modules will also be free of charge.
Modules included:

  • The key ingredients for dementia care.

  • Understanding dementia and person-centred care.

  • Fundamentals of good communication.

Clinical Resources

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Information in audio and video format


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The SMRPCC


Who we are & how you can contact us: 

Tanja Bahro | Consortium Manager | 0418 584 106 | tanja.bahro@smrpcc.org.au 
Lee-Anne Henley | MND Shared Care Worker | 0428 264 446 | lee-anne.henley@smrpcc.org.au

Our members include:

Ex Officio Members include:

  • Cabrini Palliative Care Services
  • South East Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN)
  • Southern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS)

For general inquiries to the SMRPCC please email tanja.bahro@smrpcc.org.au

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