Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

December 2019

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Inaugural aged care forum - thank you for participating!
Save the date: 23 April 2020
Have you heard? Six MND podcasts now available!
Is your palliative care client eligible for NDIS funding?
Involved in EoL planning? Share your views in this research project
Research project: Help people affected by cancer access the benefits of ACP
Apply now for your 2020 PEPA placement 
Print this update and display on your staff noticeboard
Education & training opportunities
     For those interested in tertiary study     
     For aged care nurses
     For managers of volunteers
     For home care package providers 
     For palliative care nurses 
     For all health professionals
Education & training opportunities calendar 
Information & resources
     Managing grief on holidays and special days: Free eCourse
     General practice care guide: Supporting people with dementia
     MyGrief: New app to support bereaved individuals
     The right of people to make thier own decisions: Brochure for health professionals 
Hot Topics presentation: So now you are dead, what are your options?
     CarerHelp: New resource to support unpaid carers
Thank you & happy holidays from all of us at SMRPCC

Inaugural Aged Care Forum

Thank you to everyone who helped make it a great day!

The first Aged Care Forum was held on 20th November at the Sandown Park Hotel.

It was an amazing day that allowed participants to network with representatives from local service providers, guest speakers and colleagues.

A total of 81 participants from 45 aged care facilities, 4 community based palliative care providers and 3 hospitals attended the day. Speakers covered a variety of topics relevant to the aged care sector.

We were pleasantly surprised by the different array of staff from the sector including allied health - counselling (2), registered nurses (39), enrolled nurses (25), PCAs (7), nurse practitioners (2) and educators (2).

We have received great feedback and want to thank all the participants for making it a fantastic day.

A special thank you to our presenters (left to right): 
Carolyn Botto and Lyle Oates from Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, 
Dr Barbara Hayes from the Northern Health Advance Care Planning team, 
Robyn Reid, Regional MND Shared Care Worker and 
Jane Newbound, SMRPCC Aged Care Project Worker


...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 early 2020.

MND Podcasts 

Six topics now available

Our MND Shared Care Worker, Robyn Reid, produces 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.

To listen click on the podcast links below:
**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.

Is your palliative care client eligible for NDIS funding?

Find out in this new 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. 

*Keep up to date with the latest Palliative Care and Disability news by liking our Facebook pagePlease note: You must be logged into your Facebook account for the link to work. If you prefer to search for the page, it's called Southern Metro Palliative Care Consortium Disability & RACF projects

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

Are you a health professional working with people affected by cancer?

Advance Care Planning Australia, supported by funding by Cancer Australia, is leading research to help more Australians affected by cancer access the benefits of advance care planning.

They are looking for doctors, nurses, social workers and allied health professionals working with people affected by cancer and those who support them, to participate in our study. With your involvement more people with cancer can be helped to receive care consistent with their values, goals and preferences.

Participation is easy and requires only 15 minutes of your time to complete an online survey.

Considering a PEPA placement?

Apply ASAP as demand is high and placements are limited!

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) provides an opportunity for the health, aged and community care workforce employed in non-specialist palliative care settings to improve confidence and develop skills in working with people with palliative care needs.

It provides:

  • Funded opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in palliative care through clinical placements 
  • Integration of learning into the participant’s practice and establishing networks of support.

If you would like to take part in a PEPA placement there is limited time to do so.

PEPA placements are available for:
  • General Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Allied Health

PEPA Victoria has high demand for placements so if you would like this experience please apply as soon as possible to ensure you get a placement before the current funding contract runs out (only 10 months to go!).

For more information about PEPA placements click here  and/or call 9231 1926.

Do you have a staff noticeboard?

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

Education & training opportunities

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 managers of volunteers

Recruiting volunteers - eLearning module

Presented by Justice Connect

This 30 minute e-learning module has been developed to help Managers of Volunteers to fairly and safely recruit volunteers. The module covers how to prepare for recruiting volunteers, how to screen volunteers and how to fairly select volunteers.

Where: From your PC or device
Cost: Free
To access the learning module: Click here

SAVE THE DATE: PCV Volunteers Conference 2020 

Presented by Palliative Care Victoria   

When: Wednesday 20 May 2020
Where: Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
More information coming soon: Check PCV website for updates

For home care package providers

Webinar: Providing quality, person-centred end-of-life care at home

Hosted by Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA)

This webinar will assist Home Care Package providers providing end-of-life care to clients, and is complemented by caring@home project resources, that can be used to promote quality, person-centred end-of-life care to people who wish to be cared for and to die at home if possible.

Where: From your PC or device
Cost: Free
To access the webinar: 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

For all health professionals

Webinar: End of Life Law for Clinicians 

Presented by End of Life Law in Australia

This webinar will explore end of life law in the context of a clinical case study about an older person in residential aged care. Topics explored include:

  • Capacity and consent to medical treatment;
  • Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment;
  • Advance Care Directives;
  • Substitute decision-making; 
  • Providing palliative medication; 
  • Futile or non-beneficial treatment; and
  • Emergency treatment.

Where: From your PC or device
Cost: Free
To access the webinar: 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

Managing grief on holidays and special days 


What’s Your Grief have developed a free self-paced e-course suitable for individuals grieving any type of loss. It offers general concepts for managing grief, planning for special days and holidays, provides thoughts on handling family and social demand and practical ideas for remembering loved ones.

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. 


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. 

Presentation: So now you are dead, what are your options?

View the CPC Hot Topic Forum presentation by Libby Maloney, a holistic funeral director, as she provides a contemporary overview of legal and practical ‘after death’ options ”.

View other Hot Topic presentations here.


The right of people to make their own medical decisions

Reinforce, is a self-advocacy organisation run for, and by, people with an intellectual disability, and the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) have produced two brochures to promote the role of supported decision making and importance of communication in medical decision making. 

The brochure aimed at health practitioners includes three stories from people with cognitive impairment about their experiences - both good and bad. And an easy read brochure helps consumers understand their rights and explain them to health practitioners.

New resource for unpaid carers

CarerHelp, a new resource to support unpaid carers, has been developed as part of the Australian Family Carer Toolkit Project. This new resource helps to prepare unpaid carers to care for a partner, parent, child or friend at the end of life. 

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you again during 2020


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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