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GRPCC eNews 23 - June 2017
 
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Life and Death Matters 

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Welcome to this enewsletter-
  • GRPCC
    • Palliative Care Anticipatory Prescribing Guidelines
  • Scholarship / Education Support Funding
    •  GRPCC Education Support Funding
    • Continuing Professional Development Scholarships
    • ANMF $5000 Annual Higher Education and Research Grant
  • Education and events
    • A Palliative Approach to Advanced Dementia
    • Gippsland Paediatric Palliative Care Workshop
    • Multidisciplinary palliative care short courses or Specialist or Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care 
    • 2017 Australian Palliative Care Conference - Connection with Community
  • Resources and information 
    • palliAGED
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter
    • Ready for Community Palliative Care web resource
    • A Palliative Approach to Dementia Care
  • In the news/ research
    • The Best Palliative Care Blogs of the Year
    • Don’t put off palliative care until ‘last minute’, aged care warned
  • National Awareness Weeks
    • NAIDOC Week
    • Dying to Know Day
    • Dementia Awareness Month
       
GRPCC

Palliative Care Anticipatory Prescribing Guidelines

The GRPCC Clinical Practice Group (CPG) has produced multiple guidelines and documents to assist health professionals and carers in recognising and delivering evidence based practice in palliative care.
The importance of evidence based practice cannot be underestimated in the palliative care environment, whether in the community, in residential aged care, or the inpatient setting. We will be featuring one of the guidelines each newsletter. This month highlights the Palliative Care Anticipatory Prescribing Guidelines

To view the Palliative Care Anticipatory Prescribing Guidelines and other CPG endorsed Guidelines click on the buttons below.
 
Palliative Care Anticipatory Prescribing Guidelines
GRPCC CPG Guidelines
Scholarships / Education Support Funding

GRPCC Education Support Funding

We are very excited to announce that the GRPCC will be offering Education Support Funding for Health Professionals working within Gippsland.  Education Support Funding packages valued up to $1200 can cover registration, accommodation and travel costs for attendance at a Palliative Care Short Course at Melbourne University or Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.  For a full list of short courses visit www.centreforpallcare.org/page/32/short-courses or  www.grief.org.au/ACGB/Education/ACGB/Education/Education.aspx

Before applying, applicants are encourage to complete either of these free online learning module through either the Centre for Palliative Care or Care Search End of Life Essentials.

CPC end of life essentials




Applications close on Monday 10 July 2017 and successful applicants will be notified by Friday 14 July 2017
GRPCC Education Support Funding 2017 - Guidelines
GRPCC Education Support Funding 2017 - Application Form

Continuing Professional Development Scholarships  


 

Decision Assist and Palliative Care Australia are offering Continuing Professional Development Scholarships for the aged care workforce to attend the Australian Palliative Care Conference from Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 September 2017 and a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday 5 September 2017 being held in Adelaide.

Thirty-eight (38) successful applicants will receive from $3,000 to $3,900 (depending on geographic location) to meet costs. This will enable you to travel to and attend the Convention Centre. While the scholarships are open to everyone working in aged care, those from rural and remote areas will receive special consideration.

Applications close on Friday 30 June 2017 and announcement of results to applicants by Friday 28 July 2017
Eligibility
Guidelines
Application Form

ANMF $5000 Annual Higher Education and Research Grant

ANFM is offering a $5000 research grant for Masters and PhD students.

The research grant is available to Masters Degree or PhD Nursing / Midwifery students who are current ANMF members.  To be considered for this grant, applicants must submit a research proposal covering areas such as research objectives, ethical considerations, budget justification and literature review.

Applications close Friday 22 September 2017
Click here to visit the ANMF website for further details
Education and Events

A Palliative Approach to Advanced Dementia
For personal care and community care workers
 
This workshop will focus on exploring the care needs of people in the advanced stages of dementia. It will assist care workers by increasing their understanding of a palliative approach to clinical issues such as pain, hygiene, dietary intake and communication challenges. A person centred approach will be used to explore physical, spiritual, psychological and emotional care needs, as well as care for family, colleagues and self in the palliative care environment

Leongatha
Date Wednesday 21st June
Venue Education Centre, Gippsland Southern Health Service, Leongatha
Time 9.30am– 3.30pm (registrations open at 9.00am)
Cost Free (morning tea and lunch will be provided)
Click here to view the Leongatha flyer
Click here to register for the Leongatha event

Gippsland Paediatric Palliative Care Workshop

Doctors, nurses and allied health staff are invited to participate in a Paediatric Palliative Care workshop covering topics including;
  • What is Paediatric Palliative Care?
  • Symptom management
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Psychosocial and Bereavement support
Date Friday 23rd June
Venue Latrobe Regional Hospital,  Auditorium,  Traralgon
Time 9.30 – 3.00 (registrations open at 9am)
Cost Free (light lunch provided)
Click here to view the flyer
Click here to register

Multidisciplinary palliative care short courses or Specialist or Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care 

The Centre for Palliative Care provides a range of professional development opportunities in collaboration with The University of Melbourne.

Enrolling in short courses can be particularly attractive for health professionals who want to update their palliative care knowledge without necessarily completing an entire award course.
Options include:
  • Palliative Care: the Essentials
  • Pain Assessment and Management in Palliative Care
  • Symptom Management in Adult Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care in Non-cancer Contexts
  • Family Centred Palliative Care and Cultural Issues
  • Illnesses Encountered in Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Symptom Management in Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects in Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Ethics in Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Historical, Theoretical and Developmental Perspectives on Bereavement
  • Identification and Assessment of Psychological and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Special Needs and High-Risk Populations
  • Supporting health care professionals caring for palliative care patients and families experiencing psychosocial distress

The Melbourne University accredited postgraduate Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care is the industry standard for health professionals in all disciplines working in specialist palliative care throughout Australia. The course explores the core concepts of palliative care including practice standards, symptom management, communication skills, evidence-based practice, non-cancer contexts, psychosocial issues, bereavement care, and care and support for carers. Funding may be available through the GRPCC Education Support Funding (see Scholarship section of this newsletter or at the GRPCC Website)

2017 Australian Palliative Care Conference - Connection with Community

The program for the 2017 Australian Palliative Care Conference - Connection with Community has now been released. To check out the exciting array of speakers visit the Conference Website by clicking the icon below.  Also if you are an aged care worker view the scholarships section of this newsletter for an excellent scholarship opportunity.

 

Resources



palliAGED

palliAGED was launched on 25 May 2017 by the Minister of Ageing, the Hon Ken Wyatt, AM.

The palliAGED site supports nurses and care workers in residential aged care or community care, GPs and general practice nurses, allied health professionals and support staff with evidence, tools, guidance and practice resources about palliative care for older Australians. There is also information and resources for older people and their families.

palliAGED also offer a range of apps to provide nurses and GPs with easy and convenient access to information to help them care for people approaching the end of their life.

Visit palliAGED website

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter

Dying to Talk encourages Australians of all ages and levels of health to talk about dying their aim is to reach into the community to normalise dying in Australia and to help Australians work out what’s right for them at the end of their lives.

The Dying to Talk Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter  is designed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in mind and will guide them through the discussion. It will help them prepare, so that they know what they want to say and provide them with tips about how to start talking.

Dying to Talk also offers a Discussion Starter kit for Non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in hard copy or online format.
View the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter
View the Dying to Talk website

Ready for Community Palliative Care web resource

The department of Health and Human Services, Palliative Care Program are pleased to announce that the Ready for community palliative care web resource have been published.

This resource is intended to support acute hospital staff in their discharge planning with patients who are in the last twelve months of life. Patients may be stable, deteriorating, unstable or actively dying.

The aim is to make discharge safe and secure for patients, families and carers, whether it is to the person's home, residential aged care or disability service.
View the Ready for Community Palliative Care resources

A palliative approach to dementia care
Podcast from Palliative Care Victoria

Professor Jenny Abbey proposes that an optimal approach to caring for people with dementia must be based on acceptance that dementia is a terminal illness. In this podcast she highlights the importance discussing how people with dementia wished to be cared for during the terminal stages of their illness with hem and their families while they still able to make informed decisions
Click here to listen to podcast
In the News / Research

The Best Palliative Care Blogs of the Year

Healthline have carefully selected a range of blogs on Palliative Care. They have selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.
View Healthline Article

Don’t put off palliative care until ‘last minute’, aged care warned
By Megan Stoyles on May 26, 2017 in Industry

Residential aged care facilities should recognise the need for palliative care much earlier to avoid hospital admissions at end of life.

That’s according to Jane Newbound, aged care project manager at North West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium......
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National Awareness Weeks

NAIDOC Week
2 - 9 July 2017
www.naidoc.org.au

Dying to know Day
8th August 2017

Dementia Awareness Month
1 - 30 September 2017

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