Login |

Welcome to the GRPCC

The Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consortium (GRPCC) is an alliance of 14 member agencies that provide inpatient and/or community palliative care for the residents of Gippsland. The GRPCC’s vision is that Gippslanders with a life-threatening illness and their families and carers will have access to a high quality service system which is innovative and provides evidence based co-ordinated care and support that is responsive to their individual needs.

GRPCC contact details
Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consortium (GRPCC)
c/- West Gippsland Healthcare Group
41 Landsborough Street, Warragul VIC 3820  p: 03 5623 0684
e: GRPCC.Enquiries@wghg.com.au

About Us

The Gippsland Region Palliative Care Consortium (GRPCC) is an alliance of 14 member agencies that provide inpatient and/or community palliative care for the residents of Gippsland. The GRPCC is one of eight regional consortia established as part of the Victorian Government’s palliative care policy released in 2004. The Consortium’s role is to help deliver and facilitate the Victorian Government’s current policy, ‘end of life care and palliative care framework 2016’, across the Gippsland region.

The GRPCC’s vision is that Gippslanders with a life-threatening illness and their families and carers will have access to a high quality service system which is innovative and provides evidence-based, coordinated care and support that is responsive to their individual needs.

The GRPCC provides leadership to its member agencies by:

  • undertaking regional planning;
  • coordinating palliative care service provision;
  • advising the Department of Health about regional priorities for future service development and funding; and
  • managing the service delivery framework and undertaking communication, capacity building and clinical service improvement initiatives in conjunction with the Palliative Care Clinical Network.

Click here to view the DHHS Consortia Role Statement

In June 2016, the Victorian Government released the ‘end of life and palliative care framework – A guide for high-quality end of life care for all Victorians’.  Consultations resulted in the framework having overarching guiding principles that subsequently informed the vision, goals, priority areas and aims of the GRPCC. 

The seven guiding principles that subsequently informed the vision, goals, priority areas and aims are;

  • Dying is part of life
  • The person is central to care
  • Carers are important
  • All people have information they discuss openly
  • Decision making is legalised and respected
  • Services are high-quality and coordinated
  • Care and services are monitored

These principles have informed a vision for Victoria.To achieve this vision, the government has developed the following goals in consultation with community and expert representatives.

  • People experience optimal end of life care.
  • People’s pain and symptoms are managed using quality interventions.
  • People’s preferences and values are recognised and respected in their end of life care.
  • Better support for carers.
  • People are cared for in their place of choice.
  • Where possible, people can choose to die in their place of choice.

These goals inform vision of the GRPCC to develop system measures used to monitor progress and improvement towards the vision for end of life and palliative care.

Following on from consultation with community and expert representatives, the government identified five priority areas to address for improvement. The priority areas guide investment in end of life and palliative care. Each priority area has specific aims for which actions will be implemented.

The following summary outlines the priority areas and aims for each, in order to deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place, to respond to the needs of people and their families.

Priority 1: Person-centred services

  • A person’s care is individualised.
  • Families and carers are supported and valued.
  • People have information that supports decision making.
    • People have opportunities to develop their advance care plan.

Priority 2: Engaging communities, embracing diversity

  • All communities and groups have access to end of life care and planning.
  • Improved engagement with community leaders to enable them to connect
    their communities to end of life care.
    • Communities understand the services available for end of life care
      and bereavement support.

Priority 3: People receive services that are coordinated and integrated

  • People experience services that are coordinated and designed locally.
  • The primary, hospital, palliative and aged care sectors connect effectively to
    respond to care needs.
    • Early discussion, referral, planning and coordination occurs.

Priority 4: Quality end of life and palliative care is everyone’s responsibility

  • Knowledge is increased across the healthcare sector to provide safe, quality care.
  • End of life care is consistent across the healthcare system.
    • Healthcare staff are equipped to communicate and deliver the benefits of
      palliative care.
    • Organisations actively support their staff in the delivery of quality end of life care.

Priority 5: Specialist palliative care is strengthened

  • Models of home-based care are effective and efficient.
  • The specialist workforce is used effectively.
    • Specialist palliative care is accessible locally.

 

Member Agencies

There are ten funded palliative care services in Gippsland that are members of the GRPCC with voting rights and four health and community services that are members in a non-voting capacity.
Voting GRPCC member agencies include:

  • Bairnsdale Regional Health Service (BRHS)
  • Bass Coast Community Health Service (BCCHS)
  • Bass Coast Regional Health Service (BCRH)
  • Central Gippsland Health Service (CGHS)
  • Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS)
  • Gippsland Lakes Community Health Service (GLCH)
  • Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS)
  • Latrobe Regional Hospital (LRH)
  • West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG)
  • Yarram and District Health Service (YDHS)

Non-voting GRPCC member agencies include:

  • Gippsland Medicare Local (GML)
  • KooWeeRup Regional Health Service (KRHS)
  • Omeo District Health (ODH)
  • Orbost Regional Health Service (ORH)

Clinical Practice Group (CPG)

The Clinical Practice Group (CPG) is the GRPCC’s working group and was established to enhance the provision of quality palliative care through the development of common clinical policies and procedures for adoption by member services. The CPG comprises representatives from local palliative care services, GPs, palliative care medical, nursing and allied health specialist support.

To view the CPG endorsed guidelines and tools visit the Palliative Care Guidelines (CPG) page in this website.

 

Consortium Management Group (CMG) 

The Consortium Management Group comprises representatives from each of the member agencies. The role of the CMG is to drive the implementation of the Victorian Government’s policy in the region. The CMG meets bi-monthly and is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the policy, as well as facilitating the integration of care for people with a life-threatening illness, as well as supporting carers and families across the service system. The Consortium Manager is part of the CMG in a non-voting capacity.

GRPCC Annual Reports

The Annual Report is provided to the Victorian Department of Health, health services and other key stakeholders and details the work the GRPCC has undertaken during the financial year towards delivering the government’s, end of life care and palliative care framework. The report includes key achievements, and testimonials from organisations and individuals who have worked with the GRPCC during the year.

Clinical governance

Palliative Care Clinical Network

On a state level, the Palliative Care Clinical Network (PCCN) provides clinical leadership in the implementation of policy directions and program initiatives in Victoria. The PCCN is currently being reformatted under the direction of Safer Care Victoria. It is anticipated that it will continue to oversee projects that further clinical service improvement and also convenes community-of-practice forums to provide an opportunity for workers to enhance their practice around key issues in palliative care. It addresses developing and evolving clinical needs and priorities in palliative care and assists palliative care consortia and services to implement the service capability framework and related clinical frameworks.

For further information about the PCCN click here. You will be taken to the Victoria’s Palliative Care Program website.

Staff

Consortium Chair
Cheryl Bush
Executive Manager, Clinical and Nursing Services
Gippsland Lakes Community Health

Consortium Manager
Anny Byrne
Ph: 03 5623 0684
M: 0429 231 367
E: anny.byrne@wghg.com.au

Administrative Assistant
Melissa Spargo
Ph: 03 5623 0684
E: Melissa.spargo@wghg.com.au

Palliative Aged Care Resource Nurse & Disability Support
Carol Barbeler
Ph: 03 5622 6482
M: 0417 100 286
E: carol.barbeler@wghg.com.au

Where to find us

Cottage 4
West Gippsland Hospital