In this update:

Dear All,
Here is our May update! As some of you may know, there have been some changes in the consortium. Jane Newbound, our Aged Care Project Manager has left the consortium. It's a great loss. However, we will try to keep her spirit and share relevant information with you all. Please feel free to get in touch.
Kind regards
Tanja (consortium manager)

Clinical Conversation Webinar: Adapting to a Brave New World - the role of Virtual/Telehealth in Palliative Care

Hosted by the Palliative Care Clinical Network within the Older People Centre of Clinical Excellence at Safer Care Victoria. The webinar recording is now available on the Safer Care Victoria Clinical Conversation Webinar Series website.
If you have any questions, feedback or webinar topic suggestions please contact: 

Very Special Kids | Online Information Webinar

Panellists from Very Special Kids will provide information about the work of Very Special Kids and how Very Special Kids can support your practice when caring for children with life limiting illness and their families.
The session will be facilitated by Kathleen Menzies, Manager, North and West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium.
This webinar is suited to palliative care nurses, doctors and allied health professionals

When: Wednesday 18th, 9-10:30am
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar
Sign up to the FREE webinar

Great opportunity for a research fellow

The Monash Health Palliative Care Department is looking for a Research Fellow for their Enhancing Telehealth Project.  
This is the link to the position -click here 

Palliative Nexus - free webinar - Wednesday, 1st of June, 4pm

Dr David Hui
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Timely Palliative Care: Personalizing the Process of Referral

Timely palliative care involves a systematic process to identify patients with high supportive care needs and referring them to specialist palliative care in a timely manner based on standardized referral criteria.  This presentation will discuss the conceptual underpinnings, rationale, barriers and facilitators for timely palliative care referral for patients with advanced cancer and other serious illnesses.
  register here

caring@home packages for carers

Looking to the future - services producing their own caring@home resources

The Federal Government has funded production of a limited number of caring@home packages for carers, and supplies are almost exhausted. Looking to the future, services will need to reproduce these resources themselves. There are still a few available here.

To help facilitate this, all ‘regular’ carer package printed materials and short training videos for carers will remain available for free download on our website.

Tips for reproducing resources are available online here however if you have any questions regarding this process, please don’t hesitate to contact our team for assistance.

National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week (NPCW), held from 22 – 28 May 2022, is Australia’s largest annual awareness-raising initiative held to increase understanding of the many benefits of palliative care.

From Sunday 22 – Saturday 28 May 2022, virtual and face-to-face events will be held across the country to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and dedication of all those working and volunteering in the palliative care sector across Australia.
Submit your event here

CarerHelp | New Video Resource Available

CarerHelp have recently developed a video, hosted by palliative care expert Professional Gregory Crawford, which encourages healthcare professionals to familiarise themselves with CarerHelp and most importantly, to share it with the family carers they are collaborating with.   
Watch the CarerHelp video

Review  'The Green Book'

The Paediatric Palliative Care – National Action Plan project team are updating this critical resource for Paediatric Palliative Care Providers' A Practical Guide to Palliative Care in Paediatrics' [also known as the Green Book].
To help update the resource, please complete the needs analysis survey. It only takes 10 minutes.
Complete the Survey

Volunteers Conference | 18th May 2022

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Education & Training Opportunities

The Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults | The Office of the Public Advocate: Powers of attorneys and understanding Capacity
When: Friday, May 27th, 4:45-6pm (AEST)
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar

The Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults | Technological Solutions for Residents in Aged Care
When: Friday, June 10th, 4:45-6pm (AEST)
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar

Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education - Oncology Update Symposium Twilight Teaching | Women's Cancers
When: Wednesday, June 1st | 5:30-6:30pm (AEST)
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar

Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education - Oncology Update Symposium Twilight Teaching | Radiation Oncology
When: Wednesday, June 8th | 5:30-6:30pm (AEST)
Where: Sign up to the FREE webinar
Palliative Care in a Humanitarian Crisis - European Association for Palliative Care, Pre-congress webinar
When: Tuesday May 17th, 8:00pm 
Where: online delivery
For further information: Webinar Registration - Zoom
Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing | Conscious Inclusion: Moving on from Unconscious Bias
When: Wednesday May 18th, 2-3:30pm
Where: online delivery
For further information and to register for the webinar
See upcoming local and online activities

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. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Women & Leadership Australia has announced a new round of scholarships to enable more women in the health sector to undertake career-enhancing leadership development programs.
Partial scholarships of $1000 to $5000 will support participation in one of four leadership courses designed for women at all management levels across Australia.
Applications close on Friday 10 June 2022
Please click here for more information or to apply

Information & resources
Clinical Practice Group (CPG) Guidelines

The Gippsland Region Clinical Practice Group have developed a 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
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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Who we are & how you can contact us: 

Tanja Bahro | Consortium Manager | 0418 584 106 | 
Lee-Anne Henley | MND Shared Care Worker | 0428 264 446 |

Our members include:

Ex Officio Members include:

  • Cabrini Palliative Care Services
  • South East Private Hospital
  • St. John of God
  • Bolton-Clarke
  • South East Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN)
  • Southern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS)

For general inquiries to the SMRPCC please email

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