GRPCC eNews No33 - June 2018
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Life and Death Matters 

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Welcome to this enewsletter-
    • GRPCC - A month in review
    • Focus On - Social Workers
    • New Social Worker for the Gippsland Region
  • Education and events
    • Graduate Certificate - Paediatric Palliative Care
    • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Conference
    • Being with Dying
  • Resources and information 
    • Medical decision making and the personal who lakes capacity
    • New PCOC website
    • MyValues
    • Managing bereavement in the workplace
  • In the news/ research
    • Centre for Palliative Care - Webcasts
  • Newsletters / Communique
    • Advance Care Planning Australia
    • Residential Aged Care Communique

A month in review 

In the last few months the GRPCC has been  pleased to partner with excellent educators to delilver three well received workshops in Gippsland.  On the 23rd April the GRPCC collaborated with the Quality of Care Collaborative Australia to hold a one day workshop on Paediatric Palliative Care.  The speakers Melissa Heywood and Dr Naomi Katz, from the Royal Children's Hospital, presented to over 25 attendees.  Feedback from the day has been great and we look forward to working with the Quality of Care Collaborative Australia again in 2019.

On the 21st and 22nd May, Keren Ludski, a specialist grief and loss counsellor  facilitated 2 workshops with 58 attendees. The workshop (delivered twice) explored working with disenfranchised grief, complicated grief and anticipatory grief for health professionals.  Interest in this workshop was unprecedented and booked out very quickly, unfortunately not everyone was able to attend. Please see that Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement website for education and webinars currently being offered.

To celebrate National Palliative Care Week (20 - 26th May), the GRPCC  donated a copy of The Dreamers to every library across Gippsland. The Dreamers book is a photographic book by Pippa Wischer, a visual artist specialising in documentary portraiture. She asked forty people receiving palliative care questions about life, dreams and dying and reveals their views on these deeper questions of life.  Along with the book the GRPCC also supplied the libraries with a Palliative Care Week poster for display and a list a highly recommended books about death and dying.

Peter Hudson, Director of the Centre for Palliative Care  (CPC) came to Gippsland to visit the GRPCC team to discuss the work that is currently being undertaking by the CPC, and to get an overview of the work that is being carried out in Gippsland.  
Click here to view the 10 Must Reads About Death and End-Of-Life Care

Focus On - Social Worker

Each month the GRPCC will be highlighting the role of Allied Health in palliative care and providing useful tools and education opportunities.  This month our focus is on social workers.

According to CareSeach, a social worker provides counselling and support to both patients and their families. Social workers focus on supporting people and their families with honesty, respect and without judgement, as their priorities and needs for living change. They provide particular support for families with children or patients who have no family living nearby, and assist with managing feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness. They offer expertise to help solve difficult practical problems, financial advice and support, advocate where necessary and make referrals to other agencies.

Social workers have a clinical understanding of the disease process and its treatment and can act as a bridge between the patient, the family and the healthcare team. They provide information and education about the health care system. They can work as part of a specialist palliative care team or may work alongside other health professionals in providing care in the community setting. They are specialists in helping with grief and offer bereavement services
Click here to visit the CareSearch website

New Social Worker for the Gippsland Region

The Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service (GRPCCS) is very excited to welcome Merril Potter to their team.  Merril is the new grief and bereavement social worker who will be providing support and supervision to staff, as well as consulting with complex patients and families across Gippsland.  Merril is currently making her way around the region to meet the different palliative care teams. Initially referrals can be made to Merril via the GRPCCS  referral form, and she can also be contacted directly on 5173 8713
Click here to download the GRPCCS referral form
Education and Events

Graduate Certificate – Paediatric Palliative Care 
Would you like to improve your skills and knowledge to better meet the needs of children with life-limiting illnesses and their families? 

The newly revamped Paediatric Palliative Care subject will now be delivered using a blended model of online and face-to-face learning.  The course explores the core concepts related to palliative care, including symptom management, communication skills, and evidence based practice, non-malignant palliative illnesses, psychosocial issues and the role of the family caregiver.
Click here for more information

Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference  

Registration is now open!

This year the conference is venturing to Manly Sydney which is widely known as Sydney’s premier beach location and an ultimate seaside venue. The conference will take place from 8-10 August 2018, with one day pre conference workshops on 6 & 7 August 2018.  

This unique professional development opportunity will bring together a diverse range of world-class international keynote speakers alongside local presentations, pre-conference workshops and networking events. We are pleased to announce our keynote presenters for 2018;

  • Dr Donna Schuurman – The Dougy Centre for Grieving Families and Children, USA
  • Dr Wendy Lichtenthal – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, USA
  • Dr Birgit Wagner – MSB Medical School, Germany
  • Professor Joan Beaumont – ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia
  • Professor Richard A Bryant AC – University of NSW, Australia
Click here for more details

Being with Dying

Being with Dying is a weekend of discussion and reflection on the process of dying hosted by Melbourne Buddhist Sakya Centre and will be led by Ven. Sunim Bom Hyon and Buddhist Nun, counselor, and psychotherapist. 

Day 1 will focus on medical, social and emotional issues and day 2 will be on consciously living and dying, the spiritual journey.

Date:    Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July
Time:   10am - 4pm
Venue: Yarragon Hall
Cost:    $25 one day pass
             $35 weekend pass
             $15 concession holders    

Bookings can be made by calling Syliva 0419 693 730 or Penny 0439 877 104 at the Melbourne Buddhist Sakya Centre.

Click here to view flyer


Medical decision making and the person who lacks capacity 

This guide for clinicians, includes information about ‘Advance Care Directives and the form, ‘What I understand to be the person’s preferences and values'. This resource has been developed by a specialist working party to complement the resources produced for the new advance care directives.

This guide covers five areas that relate to making medical treatment decisions for a person who lacks medical decision making capacity to consent to their own treatment or to refuse that treatment:

  • Medical decision making framework
  • The role of the Medical Treatment Decision Maker
  • Using Advance Care Directives
  • The form, 'What I understand to be the person's preferences and values'
  • Translating preferences & values into a medical treatment plan

The focus of the guide is clinical aspects of decision making. This includes reference to relevant legislation but it is not intended to be a comprehensive description of this legislation, nor legal advice.

Click here to view the guide

New PCOC website

The Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) is the national evidence hub on patients' daily pain and symptom outcomes in Australia. They have recently launched their new website to improve access to information to three groups:

-  patients, families and carers
-  clinicians and service managers and
-  researchers and policy makers.
Click here to visit the PCOC website

MyValues – Your voice when you can't speak for yourself

The My Value website helps you  create your own values profile. A profile that explains your values in relation to life, death and medical intervention. Understanding and respecting your values will help your doctors and your family to make better choices about your medical treatment. With this information, they can feel reassured that they are respecting your wishes.

The newly updated survey now poses 16 important questions and choices. The responses are analysed and reported in a values profile using the themes of life, death and medical intervention.  This profile can be inserted into the Victorian Advance Care Directive for Adults document either as a whole or copied into relevant areas.
Click here to visit the My Values website

Managing bereavement in the workplace - A good practice guide 

This UK good practice guide aims to help employers support bereaved employees through appropriate and sensitive discussions, both in the immediate aftermath of bereavement and in the longer term.  It covers common situations that might arise in a workplace,and includes an FAQ section and a draft Bereavement Policy. 
Click here to view the Managing bereavement in the workplace guide
In the News / Research

Centre for Palliative Care - Webcasts

The Centre for Palliative Care has an array of webcast available online for anyone who is not able to make it to their Hot Topic forums.  Some of the recent Webcasts include
  • Death and Digital Media
  • New Directives, New Obligations: The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016
  • The Challenges of Chronic Disease Management in the Prison Population
  • How 'hot' is dementia? Exploring issues for palliative and aged care
Click here to view the webcasts

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c/- West Gippsland Healthcare Group
Landsborough Road
Warragul  Vic  3820
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