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Professional development in palliative care is a key factor in ensuring health professionals provide quality palliative and end of life care. The GRPCC aims to provide 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:

The Time of Dying

End of life care issues regarding anticipatory prescribing can be challenging for GPs, particularly with palliative care patients with complex needs. With the introduction of the Voluntary Assisted Dying laws in July 2019 it is imperative to improve the knowledge and capability of GPs role in the management of palliative and end of life care.

The GRPCC, GPHN will be hosting four evening forums presented by Dr. Melanie Bensen, palliative care physician based with the Gippsland Regional Consultancy Service entitled “The Time of Dying” focusing on diagnosing dying, the prescribing and  role of anticipatory medications/measures, and  Palliative sedation.  The presentation will highlight the recently developed GRPCC CPG guidelines for the use of palliative sedation that provides a framework for the discussion of this important area of end of life care.

Monday 29th October
Bairnsdale Sporting & Convention Centre, 117 Great Alpine Road, Lucknow
6.00pm  Registration and light meal
6.30pm  – 9.00pm Presentation

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Monday 12th November
Seminar Room, West Gippsland Healthcare Group, Landsborough Street, Warragul
6.00pm  Registration and light meal
6.30pm  – 9.00pm Presentation

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Monday 19th November
Captains Lounge, The Esplanade Hotel, 1 A’Beckett Street, Inverloch
6.00pm  Registration and light meal
6.30pm  – 9.00pm Presentation

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Monday 26th November
Chess Room, Gippsland PHN, 11-13 Seymour Street, Traralgon
6.00pm  Registration and light meal
6.30pm  – 9.00pm Presentation

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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 2018-19. 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 GRPCC.Enquiries@wghg.com.au

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. The online course can be completed 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 Palliative Care: Getting Started, has been completed a certificate of evidence for continuing professional development hours can be printed.Click here to be directed to the Centre for Palliative Care website.

End-of-life ESSENTIALS

Care Search has created education modules designed to assist clinical staff working in acute hospitals in delivering end o -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.Click here to be directed to the End-of-life ESSENTIALS website.

Palliative Care Online Training

Palliative Care Online Training is a free online training tool, 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.Click here to be directed to the Palliative Care Online Training website.

Useful Websites

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 to meet the specific needs of organisations and agencies.Click here to be directed to the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement website.


Caresearch provides a portal for an extensive range of education opportunities for health professionals, educators and support managers, and volunteers and carers.Click here to be directed to the CareSearch website.

Decision Assist

Decision Assist aims to empower aged care workers and health professionals with knowledge of palliative care and advance care planning relevant to their situation.Click here to be directed to the Decision Assist website.

Palliative Care Bridge

The Palliative Care Bridge delivers innovative educational videos and resources on palliative care by respected experts and specialists in their fields. Its 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.Click here to be directed to the Palliative Care Bridge website.

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.Click here to be directed to the PEPA website.

Disclaimer: GRPCC provides these links for information purpose only and is not responsible for the content of these websites. If you notice any of the links are broken, or would like to suggest additional information resources to be added, please contact us (link to feedback form).

The GRPCC currently has no scholarship opportunities available. Please see links below for possible scholarships options.

External Scholarships

Australian College of Nursing

Australian College of Nursing – Nursing and Allied Health

Australian Nursing and Midwifery

The Nurses Memorial Centre (NMC)