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 specific 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 is also 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.
- TEL: Talking End of Life... with people with intellectual disability
TEL provides online education via 12 modules covering the role of disability support workers, key issues on dying and death, and supporting the needs of people with intellectual disability as they plan for end of life.
The Caring Safely at Home (CSAH) project aim is to train nurses to support and enhance the ability of lay caregivers to manage subcutaneous medications thereby assisting palliative patients access to timely symptom management.
You can find other education options and learning opportunities relating to palliative care in the CareSearch Education section.
Page updated 04 June 2019