Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

November 2020

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In this update:

Cultural diversity and palliative care - online workshops
SMRPCC's residential aged care webpage - regularly updated
Focus on your wellbeing
New resources from ELDAC
Invitation to participate - international EOL & palliative care survey
Survey for aged care providers - extended until 30 Nov
New from PCC4U - care worker toolkit
National campaign from CareSearch - Part of Life
PCNA conference - 22 to 25 November
Virtual international symposium on ALS/MND - Registrations now open
Education & training opportunities
     For those working in palliative care
     For those who want to know more about palliative care
     For those providing cancer care
Information & resources
     New survey results from the Royal Commission into Aged Care     
     Global atlas of palliative care
     Palli8: Plan to improve palliative care in aged care 
WellMob: Culturally relevant online resources 
     Responding to COVID-19: Multiple links and resources
About the SMRPCC
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Cultural diversity and palliative care 

5 free online workshops

New dates added - register now as places are limited!


Join our free 50-minute online sessions and improve your knowledge and skill around cultural diversity in the palliative care context.

Workshops will be delivered via Zoom. Topics and dates include:
For further information: View the flyer or visit the SMRPCC training calendar

Residential aged care web page 

Updated regularly

The SMRPCC Aged Care web page is regularly updated with information and resources to support RACF staff, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources include: 
  • Invitations to educational activities
  • Fact sheets
  • information and guidelines relating to PPE
  • Screening tools and
  • links to Jane's newsletters
Jane Newbound, SMRPCC's Aged Care Project Worker is still available by phone on 0433418010 or via email to provide information, support and education.

Focus on your wellbeing

Suggestions from Beyond Blue

Taking some time each day to focus on your own wellbeing can have a huge positive impact on your mental health. 

Beyond Blue has six little things you can do for your wellbeing every day. 

New resources from ELDAC

Download your free posters

ELDAC's new downloadable poster for your workplace is a reminder to staff that ELDAC is a 24 hour resource, and is available for all aged care providers on all matters of end of life caring.

Other posters in the series, include:
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Responding to Deterioration and
  • Home Care Toolkit
All posters are available from the ‘Resources’ page of the ELDAC website.

Your invitation to participate

International survey of end-of-life & palliative care of people with intellectual disabilities 

Researchers from 10 different countries, part of the EAPC Reference Group Intellectual Disability, have just developed and launched an international survey, which can be completed by professionals in health or social care services, academics, researchers and educators.

You may think: This survey is not for me. I don’t really know anything about people with IDD. In my work in palliative care, I hardly ever see patients who have IDD. However, the researchers want to hear from everyone involved in providing end-of-life and palliative care, even if their experience of people with IDD is limited. To find out why, watch this three-minute video or click here to read more about the survey.

The survey is open until 30 November 2020. 

Survey for aged care service providers

Extended until 30 November

The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing supports consumers and carers from culturally diverse backgrounds and are interested in finding out what training and resources your organisation needs to support your consumers and carers from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The survey should take no more than 5mins to complete and is available here.

Care Worker Toolkit

Free & available online

The PCC4U team have launched an online suite of palliative care eLearning activities to support care workers in the delivery of CHCPAL001 - Deliver care services using a palliative approach (Version 2).

The Toolkit provides sixteen modules organised into five topics to develop knowledge and skills in palliative care through case studies, video vignettes, activities and evidence-based content. 

Part of Life

National campaign from CareSearch

CareSearch has launched the Part of Life national campaign which aims to encourage all Australians to learn, care, and plan for end of life. 

The campaign highlights the six guiding principles of the National Palliative Care Strategy, which have been identified as fundamental to ensure that all people experience the palliative care they need.

To learn more about the campaign: Click here

This biennial conference brings together Australian and New Zealand nurses with an interest in delivering high quality, contemporary palliative care.

With several plenary sessions, concurrent sessions and workshops, the structure of the conference provides the ideal environment for these activities to occur. The virtual format offers greater flexibility to those wishing to participate in the conference and facilitates networking with a far wider audience.

For further information and to register: Click here

Virtual International Symposium on ALS/MND

9 - 11 December 2020

This is the largest medical and scientific conference specific to MND/ALS and is the premier event in the MND research calendar for discussion on the latest advances in research and clinical management.
Click here to view the program, read about the presenters or register your attendance.

Education & training opportunities

For those working in palliative care

Webinar: Emergencies in palliative care

Presented by the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) 

During this live webinar Dr Shirlynn Ho from Singapore will be speaking on the topic of Emergencies in Palliative Care. It will be a 1-hour session with a Q&A segment at the end.

When: 17 November 5.30pm - 6.30pm (AEDT)
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here

Improving Palliative Care for People with Neurological Illness: National and international perspectives

Presented by the Centre for Palliative Care

The lecture will present a public health perspective on several models and strategies to better meet the palliative care needs of patients and families affected by neurological illness.

When: Tuesday 1 December 12pm - 1.15pm
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here

Cancer and COVID-19 in Victoria: Unpacking the complexity of providing palliative care services during a pandemic

Presented by Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC)

If you missed this Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network webinar, watch the recording to hear a panel of experts from across the Victorian cancer sector discuss current challenges associated with palliative care.  

When: On demand (duration is 1 hour)
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here

For those who want to learn about 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.
  • End of life supports - 11 Nov
  • Opioid conversions and syringe drivers - 18 Nov
  • Symptom management part 1 - 25 Nov
  • Symptom management part 2 - 2 Dec
  • Palliative emergencies, treatments, and assessment tools - 9 Dec
Where: Online via MS Teams
Cost: $220 per session (Discounts apply for multiple session bookings)
For further information and to register: View the flyer

For those providing cancer care

New Frontiers - Leading inspired cancer care (Virtual conference)

Presented by MD Anderson Cancer Centre & Peter Mac

This virtual conference is the Global Academic Program (GAP) 2020 and promises to be more than a live event with a collection of opportunities for researchers to engage with each other through live events, posters, discussion forums and much more.

Registering is free and will give you access to OnAIR, the secure virtual event portal, within which all the planned activities will take place.

When: 16 - 19 November 2020
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: Registration is free
For further information and to register: Click here

SMICS Annual Forum: Ethical considerations

Presented by Southern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS)

Join clinical experts as they discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the cancer workforce and future ethical considerations in cancer care.

When: Monday 7 December 2020
Where: Online via your PC or device (a link will be sent to you in the week prior to the Annual Forum)
Cost: Free
For further information and to register: Click here

Information & resources

Royal Commission into Aged Care: New survey results 

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has released the results of two surveys undertaken by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). The findings are presented in Research Paper 13 – Inside the system: aged care residents’ perspectives and Research Paper 14 – Inside the system: home and respite care clients’ perspectives. Read all Research Papers here.

Global atlas of palliative care 

The second edition of the WHPCA Global Atlas of Palliative Care is full of useful statistics to support palliative care advocacy and development. Read and share the Global Atlas to spread the word about the need for more palliative care services globally. 


Plan to improve palliative care in aged care: Palli8 

Palliative Care Australia's new Palli8 plan proposes eight key recommendations to improve palliative care in aged care, with calls for much needed funding to fully implement the National Palliative Care Strategy 2018, together with palliative care training for every health and aged care worker. 


Culturally relevant online resources: WellMob 

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has partnered with eMHPrac (e-Mental Health in Practice) to develop WellMob. This new website focuses on culturally relevant online resources to support social and emotional wellbeing.

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 is 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.


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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