GRPCC eNews No46 - December 2020
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Life and Death Matters 

The GRPCC eNews Life & Death Matters is circulated bi-monthly to provide you with current information regarding the GRPCC members, including upcoming education and training. If you have been forwarded the GRPCC eNews from a colleague or friend and would like to receive your own copy, click here to subscribe


The GRPCC team would like to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season and all good things for a Healthy and Prosperous 2021.

Thank you all for your valuable engagement, support and assistance over the challenging twelve months of 2020.

We look forward to working together to continue to improve Palliative Care in Gippsland in  2021.

Cheers  Anny, Carol , Melissa & Leearna
New Resources
Guidelines and documents to assist health professionals and carers in recognising and delivering evidence-based practice in palliative care
The GRPCC Clinical Practice Group (CPG) continues to provide / source clinical guidelines and documents in response to needs 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.

Click on the recently endorsed guidelines to view

For a full list of CPG Guidelines please visit the GRPCC website
Easy English resources

Palliative Care Victoria have developed a series of resources written  in ‘easy  English' which very simply explain the quite abstract concepts of death, dying and grief, they include images to help the reader. Originally developed for people with an intellectual disability they would also be suitable for anyone seeking easy-to-understand information.

There are five booklets and two posters in the series which are available to order in hard copy at no charge from Palliative Care Victoria. Click here to visit the PCV website


Time of Dying Webinar Series

The Time of Dying Forums, hosted by Gippsland Primary Healthcare Network and the GRPCC, was sectioned into four, one-hour online sessions presented over four weeks in October 2020.  With over 300 participants the Time of Dying series was presented by Dr. Melanie Benson, Palliative Care Physician and John Reeves, Clinical Psychologist. Topics included Diagnosing Dying, Anticipatory Prescribing, A Walk on the Webside: Communication Challenges in Palliative Care & EOL Discussions and Management Decisions & Plans in the Dying Time – Palliative Sedation. 

The series concluded with an  e-forum on December 4  which provided attendees the opportunity to put forth scenarios, real or feared, to have questions answered by a multidisciplinary panel of health professionals with expertise in palliative and end of life care. .

Recordings of the webinar are available to view at anytime by clicking the topic below and on the GRPCC website.


Banksia Palliative Care comprehensive interactive virtual palliative care education

Banksia Palliative Care comprehensive interactive virtual palliative care education sessions have been developed to provide Registered Nurses, Personal Care Attendants, Aged Care Facility staff, Allied Health Care professionals and any person in the general community with an interest in palliative care with greater understanding and knowledge of general palliative care principles.

The course is facilitated by a highly trained and experienced Educators, with qualifications and expertise in palliative care.

Session 1 - Introduction to Palliative Care - 10 Feb
Session 2 - Importance of psychosocial support - 17 Feb
Session 3 - Pain management - 24 Feb
Session 4 - End of life supports - 3 March
Session 5 - Opioid conversions and syringe drivers - 10 March
Session 6 - Symptom management part 1 - 17 March
Session 7 - Symptom management part 2 - 24 March
Session 8 - Palliative emergencies, treatments and assessment tools - 31 March
Attendees are able to attend single or multiple sessions to help enhance their palliative care skills and knowledge.

Cost per session:
$220 (includes GST)
**Discounts apply for multiple session bookings

Click here to for more details and the view the flyer

Project Updates
Strengthening support for palliative care clients in Gippsland (Stage 2) – Implementation of the Telephone Triage Tool


The GRPCC, in collaboration with the Gippsland Primary Health Network and Monash School of Rural Health continues work on a project to  support  generalist health professionals to deliver a consistent and evidence based approach to symptom management for clients receiving palliative care, specifically in the after-hours period in Gippsland. 
The electronic format of the  ‘GRPCC Telephone Triage Tool’ for community palliative care has been developed and  implemented, and is currently being up taken by some Gippsland services, with a projection that all services will be using the tool in the after-hours time period by the end of December 2020.
The second phase of the project will see the development and implementation of a GRPCC Telephone Triage Tool for the primary health setting, to support generalist health professionals in triaging calls from clients with palliative care symptomology, in the business and after hours time periods.  This tool is expected to be ready for use in February 2021.
Phase 3 work is also underway on a Telephone Triage Tool for the Residential Aged Care setting, which again, will support health professionals in providing a consistent response to palliative care symptoms for people living in residential aged care in business and after hours.   
We are very excited to see the further development, implementation and evaluation of these tools with project completion date June 30 2021.
For further information, please contact Carol Barbeler at the GRPCC.
Palliative Care News

The Palliative Care Advice Service compliments and adds value to existing palliative care provided by community, inpatient and primary care services.
On the 'Virtual' Couch

Getting to know our palliative care people

Irene Murphy

Nurse Practitioner

Gippsland Regional Palliative Care Consultancy Service

1. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A literature teacher, then a doctor but I settled for nursing, no regrets except for the wages

2. Favourite holiday destination?
Patagonia, Chile and Palacio de la Alhambra, Granada Spain

3. Buried, cremated or snap-frozen?
Buried, reckon I’ll be good feed for the worms

4. What will be written on your headstone?  
“She banged on”

5. Music at your funeral?
“Gracias a la Vida” by Violeta Parra singer/songwriter” (played at my wedding) and Beethoven 6th Symphony

6. What would your last outfit be?
Last bargain I got at the Salvos

7. ‘What are you reading now?
El cuaderno de Maya (Maya’s notebook)- Isabel Allende

8. What would you have for your last meal?
Chilean empanada and Pisco Sour

9. Which famous person would you like to invite to dinner?
Groucho Marx

10. What lessons has your work life taught you? 
Don’t be afraid to seek the input of those who you know may challenge you 
When all else fails, be kind

Interesting Articles and Papers
What’s the Path Forward for Advance Care Planning? By Larry Beresford

GPs' Decisions about Prescribing Anticipatory Medicines at the End of Life: a Qualitative Study 
By Ben Bowers, Sam S Barclay, Kristian Pollock and Stephen Barclay

Until the chemist opens - palliation from the doctors bag
By Rebecca Seidel, Christine Sanderson, Geoff Mitchell, and David C Currow

Anticipatory prescribing in terminal care at home: what challenges do community health professionals encounter
By  Christina Faull, Kate Windridge, Elizabeth Ockleford and Michael Hudson

Anticipatory syringe drivers: a step too far
By Ben Bowers, Richella Ryan, Sarah Hoare, Kristian Pollock and Stephen Barclay
Book Club
Living with Dying by Margaret McCartney (Scottish GP)
Illness as metaphor by Susan Sontag
Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Saving Life... or Prolonging Death : Finding the Way in a World of Medical Technology by Charlie Corke
Other Palliative Care eNewsletters
EOL Essentials Project News -  November 2020

CareSearch - December 2020

PalliAGED News - November 2020


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