GRPCC eNews No50 - October 21
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Life and Death Matters 

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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 source and provide clinical practice 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.

For a full list of CPG Guidelines please visit the GRPCC website
Education & Webinars

What are the implications of voluntary assisted dying for nursing practice? - Webinar

The Centre for Palliative Care at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and The University of Melbourne  recently co-presented a webinar entitled ‘What are the implications of voluntary assisted dying for nursing practice?’. This seminar sought to outline key implications of voluntary assisted dying (euthanasia and assisted dying/suicide) for nursing practice.
You can watch a recording of the webinar via the link below:
25yrs of Nursing Webinar: what are the implications of voluntary assisted dying for nursing practice - YouTube

Gippsland Paediatric Palliative Care Workshop - Postponed

Unfortunately, the Gippsland Paediatric Palliative Care Workshop which was scheduled on the 26th October has once again been postponed.  A new date will be set for February 2022 shortly.    All current registrations will be transferred to the news date once confirmed. 
Motor Neurone Disease

MND Communication, Swallowing and Secretion Management

In September 2021, the GRPCC engaged with Chloe Carter, Speech Pathologist at WGHG to host a webinar for nurses, community and residential aged care workers, who care for people with MND.  

Topics covered included:

  • Common communication challenges  in MND
  • Changes in swallowing, and strategies to optimise intake
  • Secretion management

You can watch a recording of the webinar via the link below or find it at

Management of NIV in MND & elective withdrawal of ventilation - Webinar

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease affecting some 2000 Australians. Average life expectancy from symptom onset is around 30 months.  Patients show different clinical phenotypes and rates of progression.
This presentation recorded as part of the Centre for Palliative Care 'Hot Topics' series,  and hosted by Peter Hudson, gives the opportunity to hear from specialists in Neurology, Respiratory Medicine and Palliative Medicine about the management of NIV in MND and elective withdrawal of ventilation.

You can watch a recording of the webinar and others via the link below
The Centre for Palliative Care - Hot Topics (

Project Updates

Grief, Loss and Bereavement in Gippsland Survey

The GRPCC is  committed to supporting  generalist and specialist palliative care health professionals in providing grief, loss and bereavement support to clients and their families in both the community, inpatient and residential aged care settings.
The GRPCC developed a short  online survey for clinicians about grief, loss and bereavement practices based on the Victorian Bereavement Support Standards 2012.  The survey is now closed and data has been collated and will inform content and direction of support and education regarding bereavement, loss and grief over the next 12 months.

We will provide information on the outcomes of the survey via our website.
To stay up to date with education and activities of the GRPCC please access our newsletter link.

'Palliative Care Professional Development Opportunities' Booklet 

As a part of the Skills Matrix Project, a Palliative Care Professional Development Opportunities booklet was  developed to assist health professionals to respond to their self-assessment of their palliative care skills and knowledge.

This booklet is reviewed annually, and the 2021/22 booklet is nearing completion. The booklet  provides a list of palliative care resources, websites and education available to assist health professionals to develop their palliative care skill set in accordance with the National Palliative Care Standards. 

The GRPCC 'Palliative Care Professional Development Opportunities Booklet’ will be available on the GRPCC website within the next few weeks.   

Palliative Care Professional Development Framework and Skills Matrix Project for Allied health Professionals

Following the success of the Palliative Care Professional Development Framework and Skills Matrix Project in the community and acute settings, the GRPCC has reviewed and modified the project for Allied Health professionals. 

The skills matrix will  help to identify the individual learning needs for allied health professionals working with palliative care clients  and opportunities for their professional development.  It also provides regional direction for a coordinated development of relevant and required educational opportunities for staff.  

The skills matrix survey has had input from staff working within Allied Health. 

Click here to participate in the Palliative Care Professional Development Framework and Skills Matrix for Allied Health Professionals
Transition to Specialty Palliative Care – Pilot course

The GRPCC has partnered with Palliative Care South East, Southern Metro Region Palliative Care Consortium and the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) to develop the ‘Transition to Specialty Palliative Care’ course.
The Transition to Specialty Palliative Care course is for RNs working in the community or inpatient setting looking to advance their palliative care knowledge. It is a bridge for nurses wishing to develop and consolidate their palliative care knowledge and commence post-graduate study.  

We are very excited to report that the course will complete mid-October, and we continue to support all of the nurses to complete and submit their projects and CPD to meet the assessment requirements of the course.

In conjunction with Palliative Care South East and The Australian College of Nursing, we will undertake a review of the pilot and the feedback from participants. We anticipate running the course again in 2022.
If you are interested in finding out more about this course in the future, please send an expression of interest to the GRPCC at to be placed on the waiting list for 2022 course.
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 to progress  the Telephone Triage Tool project to  support  generalist health professionals to deliver a consistent and evidence based approach to symptom management for clients with palliative care symptoms, in a range of settings.  The tool to support community palliative care clients in the afterhours time period is being used in health services, and community health services across Gippsland, focusing on continuity and consistency of care in the after-hours time period.
The tool for the primary health setting continues to be implemented, with implementation of the tool in community and  sub-acute services, in an ACCHO, and in specialist palliative care services.
The tool for the Aged Care setting is currently being implemented into a number of residential aged care facilities across Gippsland.   Both the tools for primary health and for the aged care setting can be used by RN and ENs, and may be applicable to Allied Health Professionals caring for people with life limiting illness. Training for all tools is conducted on line, with flexibility  to access the training via the GRPCC’s private you tube channel.
We are very excited to see the further development, implementation and evaluation of these tools throughout 2021. If you or your organisation would like further information about these tools and the project, please  contact Carol Barbeler at the GRPCC.
Employment Opportunities 
Palliative Care Project Co-ordinator

The Gippsland PHN have a full time (1.0FTE) career opportunity available as a Project Coordinator Palliative Care, reporting to the Manager Digital Health and Integration.

This position is responsible for the facilitation, coordination and implementation of the Greater Choice for at Home Palliative Care project and aims to facilitate access to palliative care services at home.

The project will support the implementation of innovative, locally appropriate initiatives that aim to improve awareness, facilitate improved access and coordination of safe, quality palliative care services at home, including Residential Aged Care facilities, and support end-of-life care in primary and community care settings.

For further details follow the link to Careers - Gippsland Primary Health Network (
Endorsed Enrolled Nurses

Andrews House (Trafalgar) and Cooinda Lodge (Warragul) are seeking applications for Endorses Enrolled Nurses to fill  multiple part time and casual opportunities available.

For more details visit 
Palliative Care News
Gippsland PHN’s Health Needs Assessment

Gippsland PHN’s Health Needs Assessment is being updated this year and we would appreciate your help with the Palliative Care section.

How you can help - By 8 October if possible please:
  1. What are the main service gaps and needs you see related to Palliative Care in Gippsland?
    • Consider geographical differences and population groups.
    • Are some of these related to COVID-19 or changes to available services?
  2. Do you have or know of any data or information that could be helpful?
    • This could be publicly available reports or in any other format.
    • If sharing data, please let us know how it can be used (for example, for internal PHN reports only or summary data can be reported in public documents).
  3. What are your suggestions for improved or new ways to address needs related to Palliative Care in Gippsland? Your suggestions can be made in a survey – access it here or via email.
For any questions, please contact Maria Garrett, Population Health Planner, via or phone 0447 206 817.
Interesting Articles and Papers
Other Palliative Care eNewsletters
CareSearch - September 2021

End of Life Essentials Project News - September 2021

Safer Care Victoria - September 2021

PalliAged News - September 2021

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Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consortium
c/- West Gippsland Healthcare Group
Landsborough Road
Warragul  Vic  3820
t:   03 5623 0684

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