Developing Skills

Caring for older Australians at the end of life will require a workforce that is skilled and knowledgeable regardless of the care setting. There are many palliative care education, training and learning opportunities that can support people working in aged care and primary care.

A National Palliative Care Workforce Development Framework has been developed by the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative, Queensland University of Technology. It provides guidance for individual health care providers, education providers, health service managers and policy makers to ensure all health care providers are equipped with capabilities relevant to their context to provide care for people who are dying.

Education Options: National Palliative Care Program

The Australian Government funds a range of national palliative care projects primarily focused on education, training, quality improvement and advance care planning. Many of these have speciifc resources for aged care and primary care.
  • The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)
    PEPA provides health professionals and care providers with an observational placement in a palliative care service as well as access to workshops in the palliative approach. Reverse placements where a specialist palliative care staff member travels to the residential aged care service to facilitate palliative care learning area lso available.
  • CareSearch My Learning Modules
    The My Learning modules aim to demonstrate how to find relevant evidence and how to use the evidence resources in CareSearch to make a difference in clinical care. Two were written for aged care: My Learning 4: Residential Aged Care and My Learning 5: Dementia.
  • ACP Learning
    These modules from Advance Care Planning Australia range from an introduction to ACP to more specialised courses for health professionals.
  • Advance eLearning 
    The Advance Project offers a range of learning options for GPs, general practice nurses, and general practice managers to develop their knowledge of, and skills in using, screening tools to support the provision of palliative care and advance care planning (ACP) in everyday general practice.
  • End of Life Essentials Education Modules 
    These education modules are designed to assist clinical staff working in acute hospitals in delivering end-of-life care.
  • PA Toolkit Educational Modules 
    The PA Toolkit is a set of resources designed to assist residential aged care providers to implement a comprehensive, evidence-based palliative approach to care for appropriate residents.
You can find other education options and learning opportunities relating to palliative care in the CareSearch Education section.

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