Specialist palliative care

Go to Caresearch for great information on continuing professional development, including conferences, short courses, university courses and web-based courses and much more.

Look through PCC4U (Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates), which promotes inclusion of palliative care education as an integral part of all medical, nursing, and allied health undergraduate and entry to practice training, and ongoing professional development.

PCC4U has three focus topics (multidisciplinary care, Aboriginal populations, and caring for children) over four modules (Principles, Communication, Assessment, and Optimisation).

PCC4 U may not yet be part of a course near you, it nevertheless is a great learning resource.

Grampians region mentoring program

Grampians region mentoring program is a work in progress, with a start planned for mid 2014.  The intent of Grampians region mentoring program is to improve opportunities for professional development for palliative care staff in Grampians region and improve practitioner knowledge, skills and confidence.  In so doing, the mentoring program primarily develops and retains the existing workforce by providing career pathways and secondarily grows the workforce by complementing recruitment and selection of new practitioners.

Contact us for progress on Grampians region mentoring program. Expressions of interest in being a mentor or mentee are welcome.

The palliative approach

Whether you work in aged care, acute or primary care, chances are you’ll find yourself at some stage caring for someone with a terminal illness.  Palliative Care Online Training (Department of Health and Ageing) is based on Guidelines for a palliative approach in aged care in the community setting.  This training is designed to help you:

  • Reflect on the needs of people and their families as they approach the end of life
  • Build your screening and assessment skills
  • Develop confidence in having end of life conversations, especially around advance care planning
  • Invest in your own self‑care and build resilience
  • Connect you to a wider network of experts who can support and assist you.

These four online training modules are accredited and will enable you to accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

Note:  The Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting were developed as a companion document to the Guidelines for a palliative approach in residential aged care.

Caresearch also provides continuing professional development in the palliative approach for any care setting.  The training covers five modules:

  • Module One: Finding Evidence Part 1
  • Module Two: Finding Evidence Part 2
  • Module Three: Searching the Web
  • Module Four: Residential Aged Care
  • Module Five: Dementia.

This training could help in practice for your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) is another great option offering no cost, supervised clinical placements in specialist palliative care services.

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