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GRPCC eNews 25 - August 2017
 
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Life and Death Matters 

The GRPCC eNews Life & Death Matters will be sent out monthly to provide you with current information about the work being carried out by the GRPCC and its members, as well as 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 the subscribe button below
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Welcome to this enewsletter-
  • Palliative Care News
    • Campaign to increase government funding for palliative care in Victoria
    • Dying to Know Day
    • National Advance Care Planning - Prevalence Study 
  • GRPCC
    • Advance Care Planning Guidelines
    • GRPCC Education Support Funding
  • Education and events
    • GRPCCS Palliative Care Day Seminar
    • The Last Few Days: End of Life Care in the ICU
    • Understanding Dementia MOOC
    • Elder Abuse Prevention Online Training
  • Resources and information 
    • Guidelines for using the BD Saf-T-Intima System in Aged Care
    • Essential elements of end of life care  
    • Upcoming changes to medical decision making laws
    • MY LIFEBOOK
  • In the news/ research
    • 8 Questions to Ask When Assessing Someone’s Pain
    • Future Leaders Communiqué
    • Talk-based therapies relieve pain by changing cells in immune system
    • Realistic ageing: facing the final chapters
  • National Awareness Weeks
    • Dying to Know Day
    • National Carers Week
    • Dementia Awareness Month
Palliative Care News

Campaign to increase government funding for palliative care in Victoria

Palliative Care Victoria (PCV) is running an advocacy campaign seeking a commitment from the Victorian Government to invest an extra $65 million a year in palliative care and end of life care.

PCV are focusing on the importance of having a range of choices if a person becomes seriously or terminally ill, regardless of where they live or their background. Palliative care and end of life care are key to ensuring Victorians have choices about the kinds of care they can access and where they want to receive it.

As demand for palliative care and end of life care grows in line with Victoria’s ageing population, an extra $65 million a year would help expand the sector and move closer to being able to offer high quality services to all Victorians when and where it is needed.

Please support PCV's call to the Victorian Government for an extra $65 million a year to improve access to palliative care. Palliative care should be available to all Victorians, when and where it is needed.
Click here to sign the PCV campaign petition

Dying to Know Day
Tuesday 8th August

Dying To Know Day is bringing to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement.  The movement highlights community led conversations about end of life care, death and loss, be it through family conversations over dinner, death cafes, school projects, art galleries, and workplaces that can break down barriers and socialise the response to death. This can help build compassionate communities ready and able to respond to death and loss when it occurs.

Meaningful value based end of life planning occurs at any age and regardless of our health status, too many of us are dying in a way not consistent with our values or wishes. Planning ahead means we have the opportunity to communicate what we do and don't want at the end of life.

Visit any library across Gippsland next week and you will see promotional material highlighting Dying to Know Day and discussion starter resources.

The GRPCC would like to encourage all workplaces to help raise awareness and have their own Dying to Know Day display.  Printable resources can be downloaded from the Dying to Know Day website
Click here for more information on Dying to Know Day and to download printable resources

National Advance Care Planning - Prevalence Study 
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE EXTENDED

It's not too late to take part in a world-first study to determine the prevalence of advance care planning in Australia!

Decision Assist still need applicants from accredited public, private hospitals, residential aged care homes and general practices in all Australian states and territories to participate in a National Advance Care Planning Prevalence Study.

The National Advance Care Planning Prevalence Study will be conducted by Advance Care Planning Australia in partnership with Monash University and will help determine the prevalence of advance care planning documentation for people aged over 65 in hospitals, general practice and aged care homes. This is a Decision Assist initiative and supported by funding from the Australian Government.
Click here for further details and to register
GRPCC

Advance Care Planning Guidelines

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 Advance Care Planning Guidelines

To view the  Advance Care Planning Guidelines and other CPG endorsed Guidelines click on the buttons below.
Advance Care Planning Guidelines
GRPCC CPG Guidelines

Scholarship / Education Support Funding
The GRPCC is excited to announce a number of Education Support Funding opportunities for Health Professionals and Medical Students in Gippsland. 

Although not a key selection criteria, special consideration will be given to applicants who have completed either of these free online learning module through either the Centre for Palliative Care  or Care Search End of Life Essentials 

CPCend of life essentials 
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Palliative Care Short Courses
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.  A full list of short courses are available on the GRPCC Website Education page in the External Education Calendar

GRPCC Education Support Funding (Short Course) Flyer
GRPCC Education Support Funding (Short Course) Guidelines
GRPCC Education Support Funding  (Short Course) Application Form

Palliative Care Australia Conference – Medical Students
Palliative Care Australia is holding their national conference in Adelaide on the 6 – 8th September and they are greatly discounting the costs for students to attend to $400.  The GRPCC would like to offer $400 to any Medical Students currently study through the Monash University Rural Health program, to attend the conference.  To visits the PCA website and view the conference program and registration details click here

GRPCC Education Support Funding (Medical Students) Flyer
GRPCC Education Support Funding (Medical Students) Guidelines
GRPCC Education Support Funding (Medical Students) Application Form
 
Palliative Care Australia Conference – Health Professionals
Two Education Support Funding packages valued up to $1265 for registered nurses, allied health professionals and doctors, working with palliative care clients in Gippsland to cover registration to attend the Palliative Care Australia Conference, ‘Connection with Community’ in Adelaide, 6 – 8 September 2017. To visits the PCA website and view the conference program and registration details click here

GRPCC Education Support Funding (Conference) Flyer
GRPCC Education Support Funding (Conference) Guidelines
GRPCC Education Support Funding (Conference) Application Form

All Applications close on Monday 14 August and successful applicants will be notified by Thursday 17 August 2017
Education and Events

GRPCCS Palliative Care Day Seminar

The Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service would like to invite clinical staff involved in delivering community or inpatient palliative care  to participate in a full day Palliative Care seminar at either Bairnsdale or Leongatha.

Topics covered will include;
- Current issues in palliative care
- Symptom management
- Caring for caregivers and family
- Self care and mindfulness

Bairnsdale
Date       Wednesday 2nd August
Time       9.30am– 3.30pm (registrations open at 9.00am)
Venue    Bairnsdale Regional Health Service
               Lake King Meeting Room
               122 Day Street, Bairnsdale
Cost        Free
Enquiries Paula McCombe education@brhs.com.au  
                  Irene Murphy GRPCCS Irene.Murphy@lrh.com.au   

Leongatha
Date       Tuesday 15th August
Time       9.30am– 3.30pm (registrations open at 9.00am)
Venue    Primary Health Building – Group Therapy Room
               Gippsland Southern Health Service
               Koonwarra Road
               Leongatha
Cost        Free
Enquiries Mary Ross-Heazlewood  Mary.Ross-Heazlewood@gshs.com.au  
                  Irene Murphy GRPCCS Irene.Murphy@lrh.com.au   
Click here to register for Bairnsdale 2nd August
Click here to register for Leongatha 15th August

The Last Few Days: End of Life Care in the ICU

The Critical Care Clinical Network invite you to learn more about end of life care in the ICU from Dr David Anderson, Intensivist, Alfred Health.

End of life care in the ICU is highly specialized and can be difficult not only for the patient and family but also for the staff delivering care to patients in their last few days.

In this webinar Dr David Anderson’s presentation will cover:
-  Diagnosing patients who are dying
-  Communicating effectively with their families
-  Effective symptom management for patients in their last few days.

Date     Thursday 17 August 2017
Time     11.30am -12.00pm
Venue   Online
Click here to register

Understanding Dementia MOOC

Understanding Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest in dementia research and care. This free 9-week course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of an international community, without requiring exams or assignments.

Understanding Dementia addresses the foremost issues surrounding dementia, providing avenues for discussion as well as rich global networking opportunities to engage with this major international health issue. The course provides knowledge designed to maximise quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and carers.
Click here for more details

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

Resources



Guidelines for using the BD Saf-T-Intima System in Aged Care

Upon request from an In Reach team in the Eastern Metropolitan region, the Eastern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium (EMRPCC) developed a one page guideline for residential aged care facility (RACF) staff in managing subcutaneous (s/c) Saf-T-Intima’s when caring for residents requiring palliative care medications via the s/c route. A double-sided guideline was developed, reviewed by palliative care experts and then user tested in several RACFs in the region. 

Click here view the BD Saf-T-Intima guideline on the EMRPCC website

Essential elements of end of life care  

The Department of Health and Human Services, Palliative Care Program is pleased to announce that the Essential elements of end of life care web resource has been published.

This guide will assist acute health services to operationalise the National consensus statement: essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care.

It is a resource for boards, executives, managers and clinicians of all disciplines.

Click here to visit the Department of Health and Human Services website

Upcoming changes to medical decision making laws

From 12 March 2018, a person can appoint a medical treatment decision maker with authority to make medical treatment decisions. A person will no longer make a medical enduring power of attorney to do this. In March 2018, OPA will have a new edition of Take Control with step-by-step instructions about how to do this.

The new laws will allow for the creation of new legal documents called advance care directives. Advance care directives may include either or both:
  • an instructional directive with legally binding instructions about future treatment the person consents to or refuses
  • a values directive which documents the person’s values and preferences for future medical treatment.
If a medical treatment decision maker hasn’t been appointed, the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act specifies who has legal authority to make medical treatment decisions for a person who is unable to make these decisions. For example, this may be the person’s domestic partner.
Click here for further information and to access the OPA advise service

MY LIFEBOOK

End of life wishes is not something many people like to discuss so the Aboriginal Regional Development Officer from the Gippsland Sectorial Development Team has adapted this simple booklet and koorified it with some artwork.

My Lifebook is a tool where family members can write their wishes for what music they want, marriages, children, children to which marriage, what do they want to be buried in etc.

These are simple little things, that when the times comes, we know what the family wanted, and can follow through with their wishes.
This toll is in word, so easily editable.
Click here to download MY LIFEBOOK
In the News / Research

8 Questions to Ask When Assessing Someone’s Pain    
Posted by Mundipharma at
www.agedcarereportcard.com.au

Pain is uncomfortable for everyone, and is usually a sign of something more serious that needs to be dealt with – like another condition or a more serious injury.

Pain can be especially challenging for older people as they may have trouble communicating their discomfort.

For older people, pain needs to be assessed regularly, and the presence of pain (or inadequately controlled pain) should be investigated immediately.....
Future Leaders Communiqué
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Editorial , Volume 2. Issue 3

This issue of the Future Leaders Communiqué describes two cases of end-of-life care and explores the issues surrounding withholding or withdrawing medical treatments that are deemed to be futile in situations involving patients without decision-making capacity.

The first case (‘Knowing when to stop’) illustrates some of the challenges that occur when family members and medical practitioners disagree with regards to continuation of medical treatments that are considered to be futile.....
Talk-based therapies relieve pain by changing cells in immune system
Article by Heather Wiseman at www.palliativecare.org.au

It has been widely assumed that talk-based therapies have a significant impact in treating pain because they improve patients’ resilience, or reduce their experience of stress or anxiety. While that may seem logical, there are far more complex physical and chemical processes at play, according to an Australian expert in neuroscience and immunology.

Professor Mark Hutchinson is director of the ARC Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide and a keynote speaker at the Australian Palliative Care Conference in September.

He says thousands of trials show that talk-based therapies are the most effective treatment for chronic, persistent pain......
Realistic ageing: facing the final chapters
Video posted by the Royal Society of Medicine
http://videos.rsm.ac.uk

Dr Martin Wilson discusses palliative care and the commonplace challenges that people face during the end of their life that are often unexpected and complex.

This lecture was filmed at the "Radical Change: a blueprint for the next 50 years of dying" event at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
Click here to view video
National Awareness Weeks

Dying to know Day
http://www.dyingtoknowday.org/
8th August 2017

National Carers Week
https://www.carersvictoria.org.au/events/nationalcarersweek
15 - 21 October

Dementia Awareness Month
https://www.fightdementia.org.au/dementia-awareness-month
1 - 30 September 2017

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