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GRPCC eNews 21 - March 2017
 
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Life and Death Matters 

The GRPCC eNews Life & Death Matters will be sent out bi-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-
  • GRPCC
    • GRPCC Specialist Palliative Care Service Quickguide
    • Facebook Page
    • Tools to assist after-hours telephone triage of community and palliative care clients
  • Education and events
    • Gippsland Paediatric Palliative Care Workshop
    • Culturally Responsive Palliative Care for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
    • Supporting the Bereaved & Grieving Child
    • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Webinars
    • Self Care Retreat
  • Resources and information 
    • Better health Channel
    • Aboriginal Stories About Approaching the End of Life
  • In the news/ research
    • The Association of Community-Based Palliative Care With Reduced Emergency Department Visits in the Last Year of Life Varies by Patient Factors
    • The last chapters of life
    • Cardboard Coffins
    • Hidden dementia grief
  • National Awareness Weeks
    • National Volunteer Week
    • National Palliative Care Week
    • NAIDOC Week
    • Dementia Awareness Month
       
GRPCC

GRPCC Specialist Palliative Care Service Quickguide

In the February addition of the GRPCC eNews, we announce the release of the Specialist Palliative Care Service Quickguide.  This guide provides valuable information about the Palliative Care Services available across Gippsland.  Following valuable feedback we have added details of the Bush Nursing services available in the region.
View the GRPCC Specialist Palliative Care Services Quickguide

GRPCC Facebook Page

The GRPCC is very excited about the launch our Facebook page.  This page will be a useful way for us to  to share education opportunities, interesting articles and anything exciting happening in the world of Palliative Care.  Click on the icon below to visit our page and follow or like  our page to keep up to date with the happenings at the GRPCC.
 

Tools to assist after-hours telephone triage of community and palliative care clients

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 Tools to assist after-hours telephone triage of community and palliative care clients.

To view the Tools to assist after-hours telephone triage of community and palliative care clients and other CPG endorsed Guidelines click on the buttons below.
Tools to assist after-hours telephone triage of community and palliative care clients
GRPCC CPG Guidelines
Education and Events

 
Gippsland Paediatric Palliative Care Workshop

Doctors, nurses and allied health staff are invited to participate in a Paediatric Palliative Care workshop covering topics including;
  • What is Paediatric Palliative Care?
  • Symptom management
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Psychosocial and Bereavement support
Date 22nd May 2017 
Venue Latrobe Regional Hospital,  Auditorium,  Traralgon
Time 9.30 – 3.00 (registrations open at 9am)
Cost Free (light lunch provided)
Click here to view the flyer
Click here to register

Culturally Responsive Palliative Care 
for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
 
PEPA in conjunction with Palliative Care Victoria is offering two workshops for palliative care staff on delivering culturally responsive
palliative care for people from CALD backgrounds.

Date Wednesday 26 April in Melbourne
Venue Victorian TAFE Association, Level 3, 478 Albert Street, East Melbourne
Time 9am to 1pm
Cost Free
Registrations https://register.eventarc.com/37711/culturally-responsive-care-for-people-from-culturally-and-linguistically-diverse-backgrounds-east-melbourne-wednesday-26-april-2017

Date Wednesday 10 May in Melbourne.
Venue Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre, 362 Albert Street, East Melbourne
Time 11am - 3.45pm (this time is to enable people from rural and regional services to travel to Melbourne)
Registrations https://register.eventarc.com/37816/culturally-responsive-care-for-people-from-culturally-and-linguistically-diverse-backgrounds-east-melbourne-10-may-2017

Supporting the Bereaved & Grieving Child  

This workshop will consider loss and grief from the perspective of the needs of grieving children. Young people have different needs to adults when they experience loss. Adults who provide care and support need to be sensitive to these unique needs. This workshop will explore the developmental changes in childhood and a range of support strategies that can be effective when supporting grieving children.

Date 18th April 2017 
Venue Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, 253 Wellington Road, Mulgrave VIC 3170
Cost $290 member / $ 345 non-member
Register https://www.grief.org.au/Shared_Content/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=V180417
 
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Webinars
 
Promoting Resilience of Bereaved Children and Parents
19th April  10.30am - 12.00pm
$45 members / $65 non-member
To register https://www.grief.org.au/Shared_Content/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=GTW190417

Suicide Bereavement Interventions
16th May 10.30am - 12.00pm
$45 members / $65 non-member
To register https://www.grief.org.au/Shared_Content/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=GTW160517

In Conversation With Dr Robert A. Neimeyer
21st June 10.30 - 12.00pm
$45 members / $65 non-member
To register https://www.grief.org.au/Shared_Content/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=GTW210617

Family Therapy for the Bereaved
18th July 10.30 - 12.00pm
$45 members / $65 non-member
To register https://www.grief.org.au/Shared_Content/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=GTW180717

Self Care Retreat

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is offering a two day retreat that incorporates Mandala art therapy, Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga  as resources to support professionals both psychologically and physiologically in their self-care 

Date 2nd and 3rd June 2017 
Venue Vine & Branches - Lower Plenty
Cost  $380, which includes a $50 non refundable administration fee
Register Call Susan Meyerink 03 9265 2100 or email s.meyerink@grief.org.au

Resources



The Better Health Channel

The Department of Health & Human Services  is pleased to advise that end of life and palliative care topics have been updated on Better Health Channel.

The Victroian State Governments Better Health Channel provides health and medical information to improve the health and wellbeing of people and the communities they live in. 

Click on the icon below to visit the Better Health Channel


Aboriginal Stories About Approaching the End of Life 

The Shoalhaven Aboriginal Palliative Care Healthy Partnerships Committee, has created a booklet sensitively capturing the end of life stories from six Aboriginal patients and carers from the Shoalhaven region. The stories share information about palliative care services, planning for end of life and how talking with loved ones about their preferences helped with healing and decision-making.  Click on the image (right) to visit the ACI website and download the booklet.

In the News / Research

The Association of Community-Based Palliative Care With Reduced Emergency Department Visits in the Last Year of Life Varies by Patient Factors
Research by Katrina Spilsbury, PhD; Lorna Rosenwax, PhD*; Glenn Arendts, MBBS; James B. Semmens, PhD

Study objective: Palliative care has been shown to reduce end-of-life emergency department (ED) use. Our objective was to determine how the association of community-based palliative care with reduced ED visits in the last year of life varied by patient factors....
The last chapters of life   
Dr Ros Taylor, MBE, Clinical Director at Hospice UK www.ehospice.com/uk

In hospices and hospitals, bedside tables are rarely without a book. Dr Ros Taylor MBE began wonder what meaning lies behind reading choices when time was short.

Palliative care takes time, but often we simply don’t have it.

Yet the discipline expects us to navigate the inner world of the patient, discover what really matters to them, what makes them tick and what lifts their spirit as they stare death in the face. So how can we engage quickly and authentically......
Cardboard Coffins

Cardboard coffins, woven caskets and wicker urns.....Brilliant or bizarre?

'Cardboard coffins' - the words conjure up images of flimsy boxes that lose their load between the Bunnings register and the car park.  It's a scene you wouldn't want played out at your funeral, so why would you consider cardboard?.....  
Hidden dementia grief        
Patrick Ussher www.ehospice.com  

Many of the losses particular to dementia are not yet recognised by society, according to Irish Hospice Foundation expert, Breffni McGuinness. He argues that people with dementia and their carers both suffer hidden, discounted or unrecognised grief.....
National Awareness Weeks

National Volunteer Week
8 - 14 May 2017
www.volunteeringaustralia.org/nvw

National Palliative Care Week
21 - 28 May 2017
www.palliativecare.org.au/national-palliative-care-week/

NAIDOC Week
2 - 9 July 2017
www.naidoc.org.au

Dementia Awareness Month
1 - 30 September 2017

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Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consortium
c/- West Gippsland Healthcare Group
Landsborough Road
Warragul  Vic  3820
t:   03 5623 0684
e:  enquiries@grpcc.com.au
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