Professional development in palliative care is a key factor on ensuring health professionals provide quality palliative and end of life care. 

The GRPCC aims to providing health professionals with essential education and training to enable better care provision to people who require palliative and end of life care.

Below is our education calendar and a range of programs that are offered to assist health professionals advance their knowledge and skills in this area.

Educational sessions currently being offered in Gippsland:



Palliative Approach for Personal care Workers

PEPA aims to improve health care, aged care and disability support workers’ knowledge, skills and confidence in the palliative approach to care for people with a life-limiting illness.

This work is interactive and provides time for discussion through case presentation and examples.

Thursday 15th February, 2018
9.30 – 3.00 (registrations open at 9am)
Education Centre, Gippsland Southern Health Service, Leongatha

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Contemporary Practice in Palliative Care

Friday 23rd February, 2018
Black Tie Restaurant, Warragul

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Palliative and End of Life Care
for Personal Care Workers

Personal Care Workers are invited to attend a full day workshop on palliative care and caring for residents at the end of life

Thursday 5th April, 2018
9.00 – 3.30
BUPA Traralgon
Park Lane Road, Traralgon

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Gippsland Paediatric Palliative Care Workshop

 Doctors, nurses and allied health staff are invited to participate in a Paediatric Palliative Care workshop

Topics will include:

  •  What is Paediatric Palliative Care?
  • Symptom management
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Psychosocial and Bereavement support

Friday 27th April, 2018
Latrobe Regional Hospital, Auditorium

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Working with Disenfranchised Grief, Complicated Grief and Anticipatory Grief

Doctors, nurses and allied health staff are invited to attend this FREE workshop focusing on the concepts of disenfranchised grief, anticipatory grief and complicated grief.

On completion of the workshop attendees will be able to: 

  • Identify Disenfranchised Grief, Anticipatory Grief and Complicated Grief
  • Support families impacted by one or more of these types of grief
  • Identify effective self-care strategies

Monday 21st May, 2018
Latrobe Regional Hospital, Auditorium

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Communication Skills Training Workshops

Following the success of the first round of Communication Skills Workshops, the GRPCC will be running another series during 2017-18. The workshops are designed to give clinicians the communication skills to use when discussing palliative care with patients and their families. A professionally trained actor and facilitator is used in each workshop to provide an opportunity for participants to practice and improve communication skills.

For further information contact the GRPCC on 5623 0684 or email


Online Training

Centre for Palliative Care – Palliative Care: Getting Started

The Centre for Palliative Care is offering a free online course for health professionals, Palliative Care: Getting Started, serves as an essential introduction to the key palliative care concepts required to provide best practice clinical care.You can complete the online course in about two hours; at a time, place and pace that suits your schedule.

Designed with input from a range of academics, nurses, palliative care physicians, psychiatric and allied health specialists, this evidence-based resource includes a case study that brings the theory to life.

Once you have completed Palliative Care: Getting Started, you will be able to print a certificate of evidence for continuing professional development hours.[/doptoggle]

End-of-life ESSENTIALS

Care Search has created education modules designed to assist clinical staff working in acute hospitals in delivering end-of-life care. They provide clinically relevant and evidence based learning materials with quizzes, evidence based links and educational videos. Clinicians are encouraged to examine their own practice and build on their individual expertise across a wide range of issues which are fundamental to quality end-of-life care in hospitals.

Palliative Care Online Training

This free online training is designed for the Australian health context, helping health professionals and others providing palliative care to aged persons in the community to improve the quality of their practice.



Useful Websites


Caresearch provides a portal for an extensive range of education opportunities for health professionals, educators and support managers, and volunteers and carers.

Palliative Care Bridge

The Palliative Care Bridge delivers innovative educational videos and resources on palliative care by respected experts and specialists in their fields. Our aim is to better equip users of the site to gain confidence and specialised knowledge in the delivery of appropriate palliative care to people in need.

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) forms part of the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative.

As a national palliative care project, this Collaborative takes a strategic approach to education and training of the health workforce, and delivers programs for priority health care provider groups across primary, secondary and tertiary settings

Decision Assist

Decision Assist aims to empower aged care workers and GPs with knowledge of palliative care and advance care planning relevant to their situation.

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement offers quality education and training opportunities for health professionals, students, volunteers and any other individual or agency desiring to enhance grief and bereavement knowledge and practice. Education and training programs are offered as seminars, workshops, courses, conferences, webinars and customised training that meet the specific needs of organisations and agencies.