Southern Metropolitan Region
Palliative Care Consortium

September 2020

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In this update:

A message for our aged care colleagues
Aged care COVID-19 resources
New webcast: Mindfulness & meditation 
MNDAV podcast: Talking about palliative care with Robyn Reid
New app: The Essential Network for health professionals (TEN) 
New from PEPA: Learning guide for care workers
PCSWA: New Victorian network
World Hospice & Palliative Care Day: Saturday 10 October
Nursing grants for 2021 now open
ANZSPM 2020 virtual conference: 17 - 19 September
International virtual dementia conference: 21 - 22 September
Education & training opportunities
     For those working in palliative care
     For those working in residential aged care
     For those who support older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
     For those working with cancer patients
Information & resources
     When someone dies: A practical guide
     GeriPal podcast: ACP is wrong
     CarerHelp: Online carer support resource
     Updated medicines guidelines
     Responding to COVID-19 : Multiple links and resources
About the SMRPCC
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A message for our aged care colleagues

We are sending all our love and support your way during this time and know that some of you are experiencing great hardship and extremely difficult times. 
We know how hard you are working during this time and the circumstances you are working in and want to say that we see you and we thank you for your tireless work, your aged care expertise and your compassion.

We also know that the path out of this will be long and slow for the sector and we will continue to support you.

Please be careful and make sure you keep yourselves healthy; physically, mentally and spiritually. You are needed now more than ever.

With heartfelt thanks,

The team at SMRPCC

Aged care COVID-19 resources

Jane Newbound, Aged Care Project Worker is no longer be able to provide onsite education and support but is still available by phone on 0433418010 or via email.

Jane has been very active during the pandemic supporting her colleagues in the aged care sector. She distributes regular emails and newsletters which include a multitude of useful resources. Jane also sits on the COVID-19 Expert Working Group – Older People/ Palliative Care and provides guidance to DHHS on issues and needs within the aged care sector.

Jane's COVID-19 newsletters and resources are available on SMRPCC's Aged Care web page.  

Mindfulness and meditation: The art of Zen

New webcast from SMRPCC

During these difficult times, many of your clients will be very anxious about the chance of becoming infected with a deadly virus and many people will be worried about their loved ones and finding isolation difficult.
With this in mind this webcast introduces the basic concepts and language around Meditation and Mindfulness and to provide useful strategies for health professionals to share with clients to assist with the management of anxiety and worry. It may also offer health professionals some strategies for their own self-care.

Zooming with Dan: MNDAV podcast series 

Talking about palliative care with Robyn Reid

Recorded live as part of this regular Zooming with Dan podcast series, Daniel Woodrow from Motor Neurone Disease Association Victoria interviews Robyn Reid, the Southern Metropolitan Region's MND Shared Care Worker about the role of shared care workers and palliative care. View the recording here.

How to use hand reflexology for self-care

Watch this free 4-minute video 

Kath at Sole Mamma Reflexology is a volunteer in palliative care and offers this short video with a few tips for quick and easy hand reflexology for self-care.

TEN - The Essential Network for health professionals

App to support Health Professionals to manage life and work through COVID-19.

Developed by health professionals for health professionals, this app is a one stop resource and help centre, providing self-assessment, self-management and treatment for stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. For further information and to download the app: Click here. 

New from PEPA

Learning guide for care workers

This learning guide is a part of the PEPA learning pathway that is intended to help inform your journey around Palliative Care. It can be used to support workshops and placements, as a guide to key information and links to detailed content and learning resources.

It also provides opportunities for reflection and ongoing learning, which will assist you in developing knowledge, skills and confidence for your day-to-day work.

Palliative Care Social Work Australia

New Victorian network 

Palliative Care Social Work Australia (PCSWA) has announced a new Network for social workers in Victoria.

If you are a social worker in Victoria and working in palliative care  or have an interest in palliative care, end-of-life care or bereavement, click here read more about the Network and it's Co-Conveners. 

World Hospice & Palliative Care Day

Saturday 10 October 2020

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2020 will be held on Saturday, 10 October, with the theme "Palliative Care: it's My Care, My Comfort".

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) has released the campaign material for the day, which is available here.

Nursing grants for 2021

Now open

The Nursing Board of Victoria Legacy Ltd is calling for 2021 grant applications. Individual nurses working and undertaking study, research or educational activities in 2021 can apply for a minor grant of up to $5000.

Applications for minor grants close at 4pm Sunday 27 September.

For further information or to apply: Click here

Virtual conference: 17 - 19 September

Invitation to attend

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine is pleased to announce that ANZSPM 2020 is going virtual and its aptly chosen theme Palliative Care - Strength Through Uncertainty will be the focus of a carefully curated and fully online program.

For further information or to view the program: Click here

Virtual conference: 21 - 22 September

Invitation to attend

Hear and interact with international sector-leading speakers, as they share the latest insights, research, and evidence-based best practice solutions. Streamed live & on-demand.
  • Discover pragmatic, evidence-based solutions to use in your practice & operations
  • Hear the invaluable opinions from people living with dementia and their carers
  • Participate in interactive discussions with speakers & delegates across the world
For further information or to view the program: Click here

Education & training opportunities

For those working in palliative care

It's what any good wife would do: Unpacking the intersection between gender and palliative care

Presented by Palliative Nexus

International guest speaker Professor Merryn Gott from the University of Auckland presented this session which was part of the Palliative Nexus webinar series. The 44-minute presentation was recorded and is now available on YouTube.

When: Available on demand 
Where: Online via your PC or device
To view the webinar: Click here 

For those working in residential aged care 

Online training modules: Inclusive Service Standards 

Presented by the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

The Inclusive Service Standards were developed to assist aged care providers in the development and delivery of inclusive services to all consumers. They provide a framework for organisations to adapt and improve their services and practices so they are welcoming, safe and accessible.

These online training modules are targeted at senior aged care managers and leaders responsible for quality service provision and inclusive care and provide an introduction to each Standard, together with ideas on how they could be implemented within an organisation.

When: Available on demand 
Where: Online from your PC or device 
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here 

Dementia and pain in residential care 

Presented by Dementia Australia

This short online course aims to raise your awareness of the prevalence of pain in residential aged care, and will help you to identify some of the common causes of pain and assists you in managing pain for people living with dementia.

When: Available on demand
Where: Online via your PC or device
Cost: $10

For further information or to register: Click here

Online learning courses 

Presented by the Rainbow of Difference Project

The purpose of this series is to empower aged care workers to provide supportive and inclusive care to people from the LGBTI community, including people living with dementia and receiving palliative care, who also identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).

When: Available on demand 
Where: Online from your PC or device 
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here 

For those who support older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

Integrated & Culturally Sensitive Service for Older Aboriginal People. Practical Solution or Pipe Dream? 

Presented by the Australian Association of Gerontology

While a broad range of specialised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused services would be ideal, this is not always possible. This webinar event will seek to:

  • Consider the diverse and often complex needs of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Understand the importance of working across different services and bringing in numerous agencies in a culturally sensitive manner
  • Learn the essential components of a good service delivery model for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
When: Wednesday 23 September 1pm - 2pm AEST
Where: Online from your PC or device 
Cost: Free
For further information or to register: Click here 

For those working with cancer patients 

Advanced Communication Skills Retreat 2021

Presented by Cancer Council Victoria

This 3-day intensive retreat is for all health professionals working with cancer patients. Through learning tailored to challenges from your individual clinical practice, you will enhance your core skills in:

  • Delivering bad news
  • Discussing life-limiting illness and end-of-life care
  • Managing mismatched expectations between patients and treating teams
  • Discussing advanced care planning and determining goals of care
  • Using feedback to maximise learning
  • Shared decision making between patients and healthcare teams
  • Engaging and empowering patients

When: 16 - 19 March 2021
Where: Yarra Valley Lodge
Cost: Fees apply
For further information or to register: Click here 

Information & resources

When someone dies: A practical guide available in 5 languages 

When someone is dying or has died, it can be a very difficult and stressful time. Available in five languages, including easy English, this booklet provides information and practical ideas about things to do before and after an adult family member or friend dies.

Podcast: Advance care planning is wrong 

Sean Morrison, Director of the National Palliative Care Research Center and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mt. Sinai, former President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine argues that we should stop putting resources into making advance care planning and advance directives work. For further information and to access the GeriPal podcast, click here.

Support for carers  

CarerHelp is a new online resource for people who are caring for a friend or family member with an advanced disease during the last months of life. It helps prepare carers by providing evidence-based information via fact sheets, learning modules, videos, and interactive resources. 

Updated medicines guidelines 

An updated version of the Guidelines for the handling of palliative care medicines in community services, produced by NPS MedicineWise for caring@home, is now available.

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: Stage 4 – metropolitan Melbourne
  • Current restrictions: Stage 3 – regional Victoria
  • Advice for all Victorians
  • Support is available
  • Resources


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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