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GRPCC eNews No41 - December 2019
 
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Life and Death Matters 

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Welcome to this eNewsletter-
  • GRPCC
    • GRPCC -  review
  • Education and events
    • Palliative Care Essentials - Introductory
    • Palliative Care Essentials - Intermediate 
    • Palliative Care Essentials for Clinical Educators
    • Palliative Approach in Haemodialysis
    • Palliative Approach in Aged Care
  • Resources and information 
    • CPG Guidelines
    • 7 tips for strengthening your advance care plan
    • Remembers loved ones during the holidays
  • In the news/ research
    • PhD Scholarship in Rural Health
    • PhD Studentship
    • Palliative Care in the CALD Communities in Gippsland
  • Newsletters
 
GRPCC

As 2019  is coming to a close, many of the GRPCC projects are now finialised and a great deal  of preparation is underway for a very exciting 2020.

Since the last GRPCC eNewletter, the GRPCC has partnered with the Gippsland PHN to facilitate four regional education forums ' The time of Dying', focusing on diagnosing dying, the prescribing and role of anticipatory medications/ measures, palliative sedation and Voluntary Assisted Dying. The education forums were held in Bass Coast, West Gippsland, Latrobe and East Gippsland, and were well attended by 89 health professionals.  

The GRPCC was also supported by the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) to run a Palliative Approach workshop for Health Professionals working in sub-acute health environments. The two workshops held in Latrobe and Bairnsdale was attended by 35 health professionals and a third PEPA workshop for Health Professionals and Personal Care Workers working in Aged Care was held in Baw Baw and was attended by 32 nurses and personal care workers. 

A Gippsland Paediatric Palliative Care Workshop facilitated by The Royal Children Hospital Melbourne was held in Leongatha.

The Strengthening after-hours support for clients having palliative care in Gippsland (Stage 1) project has been completed and submitted to the Gippsland PHN.  Stage 1 was a scoping project to understand the current practice and  tools used to guide after-hours services such as Community Palliative Care Services, GPs, practice nurses, services that provide palliative care through community and bush nursing based services.  A project plan has been developed for Stage 2 and we are looking forward to further work on this in 2020.

The 2020 education calendar has now been finialised with some really exciting opportunities for palliative care training in Gippsland for all levels of expertise.   Communication skill training for all health professions in the area of transition to palliative care will be held across Gippsland.  See the education section of this newsletter for full details. 

Final work has continued on the 'skills matrix' project in collaboration with Monash Rural Health with the near completion of a Professional Development and Skills Matrix Resources & Tools for Palliative Care Nurses tool kit 'PD SMaRT'. 
Education & Events


Palliative Care Essentials - Introductory   

This introductory workshop facilitated by Banksia Palliative Care, for Registered and Enrolled Nurses working in the acute or community settings, will provide a greater understanding and knowledge of general principles of palliative care

Topics covered will include:

  • Assessment
  • Triage
  • Symptom management
  • Diagnosing dying

Leongatha
Date:         Monday 24th February 2020
Time:         9.00am - 3.30pm
Location:    Education Building, Gippsland Southern Health Service
                   66 Koonwarra Road, Leongatha
Cost:           $50

Traralgon
Date:          Wednesday 26th February 2020
Time:         9.00am - 3.30pm
Location:    Bridges on Argyle
                  84 - 90 Argyle Street, Traralgon
Cost:          $50

Click here to view flyer and register

 


Palliative Care Essentials – Intermediate

This intermediate workshop facilitated by Banskia Palliative Care will provide an opportunity for Registered and Enrolled Nurses to further expand their palliative care knowledge beyond the palliative care basics

Topics covered will include:

  • Opioid conversion
  • Subcutaneous drug compatibility
  • Recognizing and managing palliative care emergencies

Warragul
Date:         Tuesday 25th February 2020
Time:        9.00am – 3.30pm
Location:   Monash School of Rural Health, Warragul
                  2 Sargeant Street, Warragul
Cost:         $50 

Bairnsdale
Date:        Thursday 27th February 2020
Time:        9.00am – 3.30pm
Location:  Monash School of Rural Health, Bairnsdale
                  Crn Victoria Street & Day Street, Bairnsdale

Click here to view flyer and register

Palliative Care Essentials for Clinical Educators

This introductory workshop facilitated by Banksia Palliative Care, is for Clinical Educators working in health services in Gippsland.  It will provide a greater understanding and knowledge of general principles of palliative care and tips and resources on how to educate clinicians on the ground in this area.

Topics will include:

  • Assessment & Triage
  • Use of palliative care tools
  • Symptom management
  • Diagnosing dying
  • Care Plan for the Dying Person

Traralgon
Date:        Tuesday 28th April 2020
Time:       9.00am - 3.30pm
Location: Monash School of Rural Health, Traralgon
                  Latrobe Regional Hospital
                  Princess Highway, Traralgon
Cost:         $50

Click here to view flyer and to register

Palliative Approach in Haemodialysis including Communication Skills Workshop
 

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) aims to improve the accessibility of quality palliative care in the community by increasing the skills and confidence of health professionals who are caring for people with life-limiting illnesses, and their families.

Topics covered include:

  • What is the palliative approach?
  • Life limiting illnesses
  • Advance Care Directives and the Medical Treatment Planning & Decisions Act 2016
  • Caring for the professional caregiver
  • Communication skills focusing on palliative care conversations

Traralgon
Date:          Thursday 6th February 2020
Time:         9.00am - 4.00pm
Location:  Bridges on Argyle
                   84 - 90 Argyle Street, Traralgon

Bass Coast
Date:        Thursday 13th February 2020
Time:       9.00am - 4.00pm
Location: Striton Meeting Room, Bass Coast Health
                  235 Graham Street, Wonhaggi

Bairnsdale
Date:        Thursday 20th February 2020
Time:       9.00am - 4.00pm
Location: Monash School of Rural Health, Bairnsdale
                  Crn Victoria Street & Day Street, Bairnsdale

 

Click here to view flyer and register

Palliative Approach to Aged Care

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) aims to improve the accessibility of quality palliative care in the community by increasing the skills and confidence of health professionals who are caring for people with life-limiting illnesses, and their families.

Topics covered include:

  •  Principles of palliative care
  •  Communication
  •  Advance care planning
  •  End of life care
  •  Caring for yourself

Bairnsdale
Date:        Wednesday 21st February 2020
Time:         9.30am – 3.30pm
Location:   Monash School of Rural Health, Bairnsdale
                  Crn Victoria Street & Day Street, Bairnsdale

Traralgon
Date:          Thursday 19th March 2020
Time:          9.30am – 3.30pm
Location:     Bridges on Argyle
                   84 – 90 Argyle Street, Traralgon
 

Click here for Traralgon registration link
Click here for Bairnsdale registration link

Resources



GRPCC CPG Guidelines

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. 

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 CPG has recently reviewed and updated the following guidelines. 

Subcutaneous Drug Infusion Compatibility Guideline and chart  

Dyspnoea management flow chart         
Click here view the GRPCC CPG Guidelines

7 tips for strengthening your advance care plan     

People often ask about what can be done to ensure their Advance Care Directive will be followed, when it matters most. Unfortunately there are no iron-clad guarantees, particularly when it comes to an emergency situation. There are however some simple steps you can follow to increase your odds and having your choices respected.

Here are some tips and recommendations to help fortify and future-proof your Advance Care Directive ACD.

1. It starts with what's important to you

2. Use the right forms

3. Make it valid

4. Be clear about your values

5. Speak up

6. Keep it up-to-date

7. Make it accessible

Click here view the Advance Care Planning Australia'a QuickTips

Remembering Loved Ones During the Holidays: 19 practical suggestions

There’s no way around it – after someone important dies the holidays are never the same again. Traditions, events, parties, songs, movies – the grief triggers are everywhere. Avoidance and denial are popular coping tactics, but we suggest a different approach – find ways to keep your loved one’s memory alive during the holiday season. If you need a little inspiration, What's your grief has 19 ways to remember loved ones over the holidays (and every day).

Click here visit the WYG website
In the News / Research

PhD Scholarship in Rural Health  

Monash Rural Health is offering three PhD scholarship opportunities in rural healthcare to exceptional candidates. Research themes can be Chronic illness, Ageing well and supportive care, Mental health, Alcohol and other drugs or longitudinal studies

Monash Rural Health is part of Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and carry a mandate to improve the health status of regional, rural and remote communities in Australia and, more specifically, in Victoria. As a PhD candidate, you will develop and use implementation skills and theory to contribute to our research agenda.  
Click here for further details


PhD studentship   

The Centre for Palliative Care c/o St Vincent’s and The University of Melbourne is delighted to be offering a full time PhD studentship for candidates with a suitable nursing or allied health degree.

They are seeking to support a PhD candidate with an interest in inter-disciplinary research in palliative care that will improve quality of care for people diagnosed with advanced disease and their families/caregivers. 

For more information please use buttons below and/or contact Prof Marie Gerdtz gerdtzmf@unimelb.edu.au  
Click here for further details

Palliative care in the CALD communities in Gippsland   

The GRPCC has been approached by the Gippsland Ethnic Communities Council in the hope to get a better understand of palliative care in the CALD communities in Gippsland.
 
They have developed a short questionnaire to which can be completed by any person working in health care in Gippsland.  If you can spare 5 minutes it would be greatly appreciated if you can fill in the attached questionnaire and email it to melissa.spargo@wghg.com.au by 3rd January 2020
Click here to open the questionnaire
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