GRPCC eNews 24 - July 2017
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Welcome to this enewsletter-
    • Oxygen Use in Palliative Care Guideline and Flowchart
    • NAIDOC Week
  • Scholarship / Education Support Funding
    •  GRPCC Education Support Funding
    • The Nurses Memorial Centre (NMC) Scholarships
  • Education and events
    • Advance Care Planning Seminar 20th July
    • Cross-Cultural Care Program for Aged Care Staff 
    • Elder Abuse Prevention Online Training
  • Resources and information 
    • CareSearch eNews
    • Cultura
    • Supportive & Palliative Care Indicators Tool (SPICT™)
  • Employment Opportunities
    • Honorary Palliative Medicine Research Assistant and Telehealth Co-ordinator
  • In the news/ research
    • Death and the Maiden – How women deal with grief
    • Mobile hairdressers, cleaners and counsellors: website offers practical gifts for the bereaved
    • Living alone – dying at home? The role of non-kin-carers
  • National Awareness Weeks
    • NAIDOC Week
    • Dying to Know Day
    • Dementia Awareness Month

Oxygen Use in Palliative Care Guideline and Flowchart

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 Oxygen Use in Palliative Care Guideline and Flowchart

To view the  Oxygen Use in Palliative Care Guideline and Flowchart and other CPG endorsed Guidelines click on the buttons below.
Oxygen Use in Palliative Care Guideline and Flowchart
GRPCC CPG Guidelines


In honor of NAIDOC week this week (2 - 9 July),  the GRPCC would like to highlight the Cultural Responsive Care page on our website.  This page has a section full of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) designed resources for ATSI people to use for their Health Journey and Advanced Care Yarning.  There is also a wealth of resources for healthcare professionals regarding Culturally Responsive Care and Best Practice. 

New resources are being added regularly, and if you find any other useful resources which are not yet on the page, please email
Click here to visit the GRPCC ATSI webpage
Scholarships / Education Support Funding

GRPCC Education Support Funding

There is still a small amount of time to submit your applications for the  the GRPCC 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 our website and view the External Education Calendar.

Before applying, applicants are encourage 'but not essential' to undertake either of these free online learning modules (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 - Flyer
GRPCC Education Support Funding 2017 - Guidelines
GRPCC Education Support Funding 2017 - Application Form

The Nurses Memorial Centre (NMC) Scholarships

The Nurses Memorial Centre (NMC) offers a number of scholarships to exceptional candidates, such as nurses and midwives, undertaking postgraduate study at an Australian University or accredited higher education institution. The purpose of these scholarships is to increase access to postgraduate study for nurses and midwives as part of the NMC’s mission to act as “a living memorial” by advancing the nursing profession through education.

There are six key scholarships that are offered through the Nurses Memorial Centre:
In the 2017 application round, scholarship applications will be accepted for studies to be undertaken in 2018.

Scholarship applications are taken between 1 July and 31 August each year and you can apply online.
Online Application
Education and Events

Advance Care Planning Seminar

Advance care planning is a process between a person, their family/carer(s) and healthcare providers that supports people at any age or stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values, life goals, and preferences regarding future medical care. Advance care planning is important in the delivery of quality person-centred care, and helps align the person’s preferences for care with the care that they receive.

Presented by Decision Assist and Monash University Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety, this day of seminars will be run by experienced leaders in the field of advance care planning in Australia. The topics covered include advance care planning and the law, advance care planning across various healthcare sectors, the prevalence of advance care planning in Australia and advance care planning in Indigenous populations and culturally diverse communities.

Venue: The Alfred Medical Research and Education (AMREP), 
              AMREP Lecture Theatre
              75 Commercial Road, The Alfred, Melbourne
Date:     Thursday 20 July 2017
Time:    9am – 5pm. Registrations open at 8.30am
Cost:     $195pp, general rate (inclusive of GST). Catering will be provided.
Click here to register
Click here to view seminar program

Cross-Cultural Care Program for Aged Care Staff 

This Cross-Cultural Care Program is a self-paced learning package offered at, aims to support staff in residential aged care to provide high-quality cross-cultural care for residents and to improve team cohesion.

This program includes five modules:
  • Module 1: An Introduction to cross-cultural care module for new staff
  • Module 2: Cross-cultural communication
  • Module 3: Cross-cultural leadership
  • Module 4: Cross-cultural dementia care
  • Module 5: Cross-cultural end of life care
Click here to register

Elder Abuse Prevention Online Training

Elder abuse is much more common than our society has traditionally admitted. Much of the problem has been hidden, undefined and under reported. While elder abuse is not a new problem, our society is increasingly recognising and describing ‘elder abuse’ as a range of situations involving the maltreatment or neglect of older people by people they should be able to trust, such as family and friends.

The Victorian Government is acting to overcome elder abuse by working with service providers, professionals and the community through the Elder Abuse Prevention and Response Initiative.

This 1.5 to 2 hour online training package has been initiated to assist in building the capacity of the Victorian workforce to identify and respond to elder abuse and is based on the Victorian government’s practice guide, 'With Respect to Age 2009'.
Click here for more information and to register


CareSearch eNews

CareSearch produces a monthly newsletters @CARESEARCH, which provide information and resources for those with an interest in palliative care, an interest in a specific professions’ interaction with palliative care, or in palliative care in aged care.

Current and past editions of this newsletter are found on the CareSearch website or you can register to receive this newsletter by clicking here.

CareSeacrh also produces the following newsletters, each of which is associated with a Hub:

  • ALLIEDhealth[HUB]news
  • nurses[HUB]news
  • RAC[HUB]news
View latest CareSeach eNews


Understanding each person's culture is as unique as their fingerprint. 

Alzheimer's Australia has created a  'Cultura Care model' to assist health professionals to provide culturally appropriate support.  Their website and Cultura App contain a 'Cultures' section to enable health professionals to better relate and communicate with individuals from different cultures.

A multitude of other cultural resources, tips and information are also available  to explore.
View the Cultura website

Supportive & Palliative Care Indicators Tool (SPICT™)

An updated version of The SPICT™ is now available.  The SPICT™ is used to help identify people at risk of deteriorating and dying with one or multiple advanced conditions for holistic, palliative care needs assessment and care planning.
The purpose of SPICT™  is to find out what is important to the client and their families, start early supportive and palliative care that is integrated with other treatments, and discuss future care planning.
Visit SPICT website to download the SPICT tool

Employment Opportunities

Honorary Palliative Medicine Research Assistant and Telehealth Co-ordinator

Monash Health, Supportive and Palliative Care is currently seeking a part-time research assistant, based in Gippsland, to assist in the co-ordination of telehealth research efforts, predominantly in the Western Gippsland and Central Gippsland Region, working closely with the West Gippsland Healthcare Group and Latrobe Community Health Services

The candidate will be required to work with the Monash Health tele-palliative care team to facilitate telehealth services between Monash Health and community palliative care patients in their home.

The ideal candidate will be interested in clinical research that will benefit rural Australia.

A grant of $10,000 will be awarded to support the work for an initial engagement of a two-year period and then subject to yearly review and renewal as appropriate.

Applications can be directed to A/Professor Peter Poon, Director | Supportive & Palliative Care| Monash Health.  Contact the GRPCC for details, if required 
Click here to view job desciption
In the News / Research

Death and the Maiden – How women deal with grief

Blog by Dr Anna Pedrosa Carrasco for European Journal of Palliative Care

On the 23rd June 2017, International Widows’ Day is took place for the 13th time, a global day recognised by the United Nations in 2010 to raise public awareness of the issue of widowhood.1 There is nothing new in the fact that women are more likely to experience a partner’s death than men.....
Mobile hairdressers, cleaners and counsellors: website offers practical gifts for the bereaved
Article by Heather Wiseman for Palliative Care Australia

Thousands of dollars worth of flowers were delivered to Kim Oakhill’s friends when their three-year-old daughter died. An allergy in the family meant that the flowers were relegated to the garage, where they made a mess and died. Watching on, Kim found herself wishing the flower money had provided something more practical to support the family, which inspired a great idea......
Living alone – dying at home? The role of non-kin-carers
Article by Sabine Pleschberger and Paulina Wosko  for European Journal of Palliative Care

The number of single households has increased vastly over the last decades in Europe. Following Labour Force Survey data, about one-third of all people aged 65+ are living alone.1 With increasing age there is even a higher incidence of living alone. For example, in Austria 59 per cent of all women aged 80+ are living alone (compared to 25.5 per cent of all men in this age group).2 Considering the broad research evidence on the importance of family caregiving to enable older people to die at home, one major question arises: Is it at all possible to die at home if persons live alone?.....
National Awareness Weeks

2 - 9 July 2017

Dying to know Day
8th August 2017

Dementia Awareness Month
1 - 30 September 2017

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