Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

November 2019

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SMRPCC Annual Clinical Forum - Save the date 
MND podcast #6: Carers of people with MND
Have you heard? Disability health supports now funded by the NDIS
New fact sheet: NDIS & Palliative Care
Six things aged care providers need to know about Advance Care Planning
Seeking health practitioners for EOL planning research project
Resources to support PCOC: New online education & notifications
Palliative Care Nurses Conference - call for abstracts
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Education & training opportunities
     For aged care nurses
     For managers of volunteers
     For home care package providers     
Education & training opportunities calendar 
Information & resources
     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?
     New resource to help prepare for unpaid carers
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 early 2020.

MND Podcast #6 

Carers of people with MND

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.

In this latest podcast, Robyn discusses the importance of recognising carer needs and issues to prevent carer burnout and poor carer health outcomes. To listen to the podcast, click here and to download a transcript of the podcast, click here.
Other podcasts in this series include: **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.

Have you heard?

Disability health supports are now being funded by the NDIS

Last month the NDIA released an updated NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue 2019-20 to include more than 90 disability-related health supports now being funded under the NDIS. 

Health supports that the NDIS will fund include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Continence supports
  • Respiratory supports
  • Dysphagia supports
  • Wound and pressure care supports
  • Nutrition supports and
  • Diabetic management supports
To allow people to start accessing these supports right away, the NDIA have made a transitional arrangement that allows Participants to use their core budgets to purchase these items. The ability to pay for disability-related therapy and nursing health supports from the core support budget will cease when participant plan reviews are completed. The NDIA will communicate more on this as it happens.

For a comprehensive summary of the changes and access to the price guide, click here.

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

Quick tips about Advance Care Planning

6 things aged care providers need to know

There is sometimes confusion about what documents can be shared among health services, exacerbated by misinformed concerns about privacy restrictions.
To address this, Advance Care Planning Australia have put together a list of key considerations to set the record straight.  Access the list of Quick Tips here.

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

Resources to support PCOC

New online education & keep up to date with notifications 

Online Essentials Course 

This short course for managers and clinicians learning about the PCOC assessment tools, implementing PCOC and reports.

PCOC Essentials for clinicians who need to:

  1. Understand PCOC assessments
  2. Refresh their knowledge of the PCOC tools

PCOC Essentials for managers who need to:

  1. Implement PCOC
  2. Learn about patient outcome reports and how to use the data for change 

Click here to log in or create a new account to access the course. 

** Please allow a few minutes for the course to load the first time you access it.

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Subscribe to be notified via email when PCOC reports and/or resources are updated.
  • To be notified when reports are updated, click here
  • To be notified when resources are updated, click here

Call for abstracts

Submissions now open!

The Scientific Committee encourages submission of abstracts reporting on completed studies relevant to the care of people with palliative care needs.

Abstracts are being accepted for the following presentation categories:
  • 20 minute Oral presentations (15 minute presentation and 5 minute questions);
  • 6 minute Speed talks; and/or
  • Poster Presentations.

For further information including submission categories, timelines and guidelines: Click here.

The 2020 PCNA Conference is being held on May 3 & 4 in Melbourne. For further information about the conference, please visit the conference website: 

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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.
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Education & training opportunities

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.

This webinar will help you:
  • Understand the importance of providing end-of-life care to Home Care Package clients who are likely to die in the near future
  • Understand how to access and use the caring@home resources and recognise how they can benefit clients and their carers
  • Use the caring@home resources to meet the requirements of the Aged Care Quality Standards and Charter of Aged Care Rights
  • Understand how to implement the caring@home resources into current practice. 
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

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), an independent statutory body that safeguards the rights and interests of people with disability in Victoria, 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.

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.


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. 

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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)

For general inquiries to the SMRPCC please email 

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