GRPCC eNews No44 - August 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 and its 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

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 the guidelines to view

Symptom management for adult patients with COVID-19 receiving end-of-life supportive care outside of the ICU 

For a full list of CPG Guidelines please visit the GRPCC website
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions currently in place,  all GRPCC face to face education has been postponed until further notice.  We are currently exploring new ways to ensure learning needs of the palliative care workforce in Gippsland are met using virtual platforms.  We will keep you posted.

Self-care and wellbeing while working on the healthcare frontline

Practising self-care has never been so important as it is right now. Safer Care Victoria have planned a series of webinars to promote conversations within organisations about the importance of self-care and protecting and supporting the wellbeing of the workforce.

Facilitated by Victoria’s Chief Allied Health Officer Adj Assoc Prof Donna Markham, this first webinar will help you reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression you may be experiencing, and give you strategies and information to support colleagues. 

Our panel of wellbeing champions and experts will reflect on:
  • the impacts of COVID-19
  • what it means for frontline healthcare workers
  • what you can do to recognise and support your own wellbeing and that of your colleagues.

Date:      Monday 31 August 2020
Venue:    Webinar
Times:    12.30pm -1.15pm 

The webinar will be recorded and we will share the link with you when available.

Click here to Register now 


Palliative Care -  Morning Education

Clinical staff involved in delivering community or inpatient palliative care are invited to participate in a morning education session faciliated by the Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service (GRPCCS).

Topics will include
  • Palliative Symptom Management (Pain, Nausea, Delirium, Constipation, Fatigue and Anxiety)
Date:      Thursday 3rd September 2020
Venue:    ZOOM
Times:    9am -1pm

Contact Elise Witts, GRPCCS Palliative Care Nurse Coordinator at by 31st August to register your interest.
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 is undertaking Stage 2 of the project 'To strengthen support for clients having palliative care in Gippsland'. This project will support generalist health professionals to deliver a consistent and evidence based approach to symptom management for clients having palliative care, specifically in the after-hours period. 
An electronic format of the  ‘GRPCC Telephone Triage Tool’ has been developed and the roll out of this project  across Gippsland is currently being planned at health and community services who provide community palliative care. The research component of this project has required applications to three research councils and committees across Gippsland. Outcomes of these applications ( one has already been granted approval) are anticipated in the near future. Flexible delivery of the training for the use of the electronic tool has been developed, and will be available from the GRPCC website in the future.
We are very excited to see the further development, implementation and evaluation of this tool
Care Plan for the Dying Person - File Audit 

The Care Plan for the Dying Person – Victoria (CPDP) tool provides an evidence-based approach to the delivery of consistent care in the last days of life in the acute care setting. In 2018 the GRPCC recommended Health Services in Gippsland adopt the CPDP. 

In July 2020, the GRPCC developed  CPDP audit  tool utilising the general audit tool for the dying patient (developed by Safer Care Victoria).  The 2 part audit collects general data on all files audited, and then specific data on the use of the CPDP tool in these files in which it had been commenced.

The CPDP audit tool was offered to all health services in Gippsland and to date has been taken up by Gippsland South Health Service and Central Gippsland Health.  These two services undertook the 20 file audit and have received a subsequent report to inform them of the areas for quality improvement in care of the dying person. 

If your health service is interested in taking part in the CPDP audit, please contact the GRPCC - Melissa Spargo at or on 5623 0684.
GRPCC website

The GRPCC website is currently being updated  to allow users quicker and easier access to a range of palliative care resources.   

The website contains information for clients and carers and health professionals, as well as a directory to local palliative care services in Gippsland and details about the GRPCC.

Click here to visit the GRPCC website. 
Grants and Scholarships

Nursing research grants

The Nursing Board of Victoria Legacy Ltd is calling for 2021 grant applications. Health services undertaking nursing research and education can apply for a major grant and individual nurses working and undertaking study, research or educational activities in 2021 can apply for a minor grant of up to $5000.
Categories for NBVLL minor grant allocation for 2021:
Oncology and Palliative
Haematology and other blood cancer
Barwon region
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Enrolled Nurse
Minor Grant applications close 4pm Sunday 27th of September 2020

Click here for more information.

The Australian Nurses Memorial Centre scholarships

The Australian Nurses Memorial Centre is offering scholarships for nurses and midwives as part of its mission to act as “a living memorial”, by advancing the nursing profession through education.

The ANMC provides and administers scholarships for nurses and midwives undertaking postgraduate study by course work or research at an Australian university or other accredited higher education institution.

The scholarships available are:
  • ANMC Vivian Bullwinkel Award $15,000;
  • ANMC Betty Jeffery Award $10,000;
  • ANMC Indigenous Nurses Scholarship $5000; and
  • ANMC Mental Health Scholarship $5000.

For more details on how to apply, go to

GRICS Scholarships

The GRICS Scholarship Program is available to Gippsland health professionals who wish to further their professional development in cancer care. Applicants wishing to apply must ensure their preferred CPD activity supports one or more of the following priority areas:

• Multidisciplinary Care;
• Care Coordination;
• Supportive Care; and
• Reducing Unwanted Variation in Care.

GRICS Scholarship Program is available from 1 July until 30 June 2021.

Click here for further information.

Palliative Care News

Palliative Care Advice Service

The Palliative Care Advice Service is a telephone advice service that is being test implemented in the Gippsland and North & West Regions. 

The Palliative Care Advice Service is available to people living with life-limiting illnesses and the people who support them including  family, friends or neighbours, doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers and providers. It provides the opportunity to speak with a palliative care nurse or doctor regarding any aspect of care of life-limiting illnesses. The service is an addition to the services provided by local palliative care service, hospital or GP.

Presently the Palliative Care Advice service is open from 7am - 10pm 7 days a week.  

On the 'Virtual' Couch

Dr Indrajith Jayasinghe

Consultant Palliative Physician

Gippsland Region Palliatie Care Consultancy Service

Getting to know our palliative care people

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an airline pilot but then became interested in Medicine

Favourite holiday destination? The Ancient City of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Buried, cremated or snap-frozen? Cremated for sure

What will be written on your headstone?  “Sabbe  Satta Bhavantu Sukhitatta” (“May all beings be free from suffering”- from the Buddha’s discourse on loving kindness)

Music at your funeral? “Cloud number nine” by Bryan Adams

What would your last outfit be? It’s not important to me

What are you reading now? The things I love by Trace Moroney (with my daughter)

What would you have for your last meal? A good Sri Lankan rice and curry

Which famous person would you like to invite to dinner? Rowan Atkinson- I would love to see him do a Mr Bean routine at my dining table! 

What lessons has your work life taught you?  Life is impermanent. Appreciate your loved ones whilst they are around.
Interesting Articles
Other Palliative Care eNewsletters
Australian COVID-19 Palliative Care Working Group

PalliAGED News


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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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