GRPCC eNews 26 - September 2017
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Life and Death Matters 

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Welcome to this enewsletter-
    • GRPCC A month in review
    • Palliative Care Service Access & Management Flow Chart for General Practitioners
    • GRPCC Education Support Funding
  • Education and events
    • GRPCCS Palliative Care Day Seminar
    • Grampians Regional Palliative Care Conference ‘Location, Location, Location
    • Forget Memory Loss - What About the Person? 
    • Certificate IV In Bereavement Support
  • Resources and information 
    • Rebecca Wessels is dying to talk using the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter
  • In the news/ research
    • Changes to advance care directives — Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic)
    • Loss of a pet – how to help others cope with the grief  
    • How Men Die Differently 
    • A good death: the inside story of a hospice
  • National Awareness Weeks
    • National Carers Week
    • Dementia Awareness Month

A month in review

August has been a very busy month for the small team here at the GRPCC.  Anny is still enjoying her well deserved long service leave and Carol has been busy as Acting GRPCC manager in her absence. 

August began with a round trip across Gippsland to deliver three regional Care Plan for the Dying Person – Vic (CPDP – Vic) Implementer & Influencer forums  at Traralgon, Bairnsdale, and Wonthaggi.  The forums were very well received with at least one representative from each health service in Gippsland.

Dying to Know Day was held nationally on Tuesday 8th August.  To celebrate the GRPCC provided every library in Gippsland with a goody bag of posters and booklets to display.  Feedback from the libraries was that the displays generated some interest and discussion, which was our main objective.
Two advance practice PEPA workshops have been held at Phillip Island and Lakes Entrance.  Each RACF in the region were offered positions for EN/RN's, who had already completed some form of PEPA training, to attend this invite only workshop. Much appreciation to Banfields Aged Care Facility and Opal Lake View for hosting these events.  Further workshops will be held in Warragul and Traralgon in September.
Palliative Care Service Access & Management Flow Chart for General Practitioners

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 Palliative Care Service Access & Management Flow Chart for General Practitioners

To view the  Palliative Care Service Access & Management Flow Chart for General Practitioners and other CPG endorsed Guidelines click on the buttons below.
Palliative Care Service Access & Management Flow Chart for General Practitioners
GRPCC CPG Guidelines

Scholarship / Education Support Funding

The GRPCC is excited to announce 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 

Education Support Funding packages, valued up to $1200, can cover registration, accommodation and travel costs for attendance at a palliative care short course,  palliative care workshops or  palliative care related conference.  A full list of recommended events is available on the GRPCC Website Education page in the External Education Calendar

GRPCC Education Support Funding Flyer
GRPCC Education Support Funding  Guidelines
GRPCC Education Support Funding  Application Form
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 in Warragul.

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

Date       Tuesday 10th October
Time       9.30am– 3.30pm (registrations open at 9.00am)
Venue    West Gippsland Health Group
               Seminar Room
Cost       Free
Enquiries MaryAnn Bills  
                  Irene Murphy GRPCCS   
Click here to register

Grampians Regional Palliative Care Conference ‘Location, Location, Location

Registrations for the Grampians Regional Palliative Care Conference ‘Location, Location, Location – Where do we die well?’ are now open!

This conference, for health professionals wishing to expand their knowledge of palliative care will be held on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November at the
RACV Goldfields Resort (Creswick), featuring:

Hal Swerissen Co-Author Dying Well, Grattan Institute
Dr Chris Gilbert GP and Aviation Medical Officer
Dr David Brumley Palliative Care Physician

Click here for the conference program and to register

Forget Memory Loss - What About the Person? 

September is Dementia Awareness month and to celebrate Alzheimer's Australia Vic is hosting a public lecture by international speaker Professor Steven Sabat.

People living with dementia are actively breaking down stereotypes whilst being supported and empowered to take control of their lives. Prof Steven Sabat says that people with dementia can, in fact, make new memories and they therefore should not be thought of as having ‘memory loss’.

Date        Thursday. 14 September 2017
Time        9:00 am – 11:30 am AEST
Cost        $15 or free for Alzheimer's Australia Vic members
Location Zinc
                Federation Square
                Melbourne, Vic 3000
Click here to register

Certificate IV In Bereavement Support
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia. Certificate IV in Bereavement Support (22271VIC) is a 12 month, self-paced, online course designed for those who have a role in providing bereavement and loss support. The skills and knowledge provided by the course, cover a range of different situations and may be for a specific bereavement support job role, or complements other job roles such as nurses, aged care workers and teachers. This competency based course places emphasis, on what the learner can do in the workplace activities to industry standards.

The Certificate IV in Bereavement Support (22271VIC) is a nationally recognised, VET qualification.

Date        Commencing 1st October
Location Online
Cost        $3600 -  GRPCC Education Support Funding may be available for appropriate applications, please contact Melissa Spargo or 5623 0684 for further details
Click here for course details and to register


Rebecca Wessels is dying to talk using the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter
Article by Palliative Care Australia

Rebecca Wessels is the first person to answer questions from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter for Palliative Matters. While Rebecca is in good health, the questions are designed to inspire early conversations that matter with loved ones. Talking about what you want can make it easier for family and health workers to make decisions for you, should you become so sick you cannot talk.

Rebecca is the managing director of Ochre Dawn Creative Industries and has a passion for preserving the language and culture of her Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal heritage......

Click in to icons below to view the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Discussion Starter or the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter booklets



Resilience in older adults can be defined as the ability to ‘bounce back’ and recover physical and/or psychological health in the face of adversity. Health professionals can reflect on their interactions and services to enhance the social support of older adults to build and maintain resilience in older adults.

palliAGED has created a webpage that addresses the definition of resilience in a palliative care context and practice suggestions for strengthening resilience in older adults..
Click here to view palliAGED webpage
In the News / Research

Changes to advance care directives — Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic)
Article by Russell Kennedy lawyer Felicity Iredale in the Australian Health Law Bulletin

The law surrounding advance care directives and the associated obligations on health practitioners are set to change in Victoria in March 2018 with the introduction of theMedical Treatment Planning and DecisionsAct 2016 (Vic) (the Act).

The Act was passed by the Victorian Parliament on 24 November 2016 and will come into effect on
12 March 2018. The Act repeals the Medical Treatment Act 1988 (Vic) (1988 Act) and moves towards a scheme of patient-centred care, enabling a person to create legally binding advance care directives and appoint medical treatment decision-makers and support persons......
Loss of a pet – how to help others cope with the grief  
Article by Pete Wedderburn for The Telegraph
If you’ve ever lost a much loved pet, you’ll know that the depth of grief can be real and perhaps surprising. Much as you may try to rationalise that you have “only” lost a pet, the truth is that you are grieving for a companion, a friend and a family member.....
How Men Die Differently  
 A conversation with Frank Ostaseski, founder of the Zen Hospice Project by Drake Baer for Thrive Global

Thirty years ago, at the height of the American AIDS epidemic, Frank Ostaseski cofounded America’s first Buddhist hospice–the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. Since then he’s taught compassionate, contemplative caregiving across the world, and personally accompanied over a thousand people to their end. He is also author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully, a beautiful new book about the many ways intimacy with death brings meaning to life.

As part of our ongoing Redefining Masculinity package, Thrive Global spoke with Frank about how gender frames dying, the particular pressures men face at end of life, and what a surprisingly active process leaving this mortal coil really is......
The Dying Don’t Need Your Permission to Let Go
Article by Lizzy Miles published by pallimed

A couple of years ago I wrote a Pallimed article called, "We Don't Know Death: 7 Assumptions We Make about the Dying." Having knowledge of our assumptions is a first step, but what do we do with that knowledge? Since I wrote that article, I have further contemplated the “so what” factor of the assumptions to develop suggested interventions.

This article is the seventh in a series of articles where I take each assumption from the original article and explore the concept in greater depth to include implications and possible interventions. In my last article, I wrote about the assumption that hospice patients will reveal the secrets to the universe.....
A good death: the inside story of a hospice
Report by Sky News

Sky News UK spent a week at St Luke’s Hospice in the UK, talking with staff, patients and their families. Their video report (11:50) covers both community and inpatient care and show the many things the staff do, in the words of the reporter, “to bring dignity and humanity to death”.
Click here to view
National Awareness Weeks

Dementia Awareness Month
1 - 30 September 2017

National Carers Week
15 - 21 October

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