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Monash MTPDA Info Session
Information Session: Medical Treatment Planning &
Added Wednesday, 8 November 2017 by . SMRPCC. Category: Seminar


Monash Medical Centre invite all Health professionals to attend an information session: Medical treatment planning and decisions Act 2016

Guest Speakers from DHHS and Office of The Public Advocate.

Please refer to attached flyer for further details and registration link.


Palliative Care Training Day
Palliative Care Training Day
Added Thursday, 2 November 2017 by . SMRPCC. Category: Education - Competencies


On Tuesday 5 December, the Southern Metropolitan Palliative Care Consortium will be holding an education day at Sandy by the Bay, Sandringham. Please refer below to details.

Workshop One: Consent for Medical Treatment Act

The law on consent for medical treatment will be changed significantly on the 12th of March 2018. This has implication for a wide range of health providers, including allied health, pharmacy, dentistry, etc.
It is your responsibility as a provider of health services to know about these changes and prepare for them.
Presenter for this session will be Claire McNamara, Office of the Public Advocate.
Please refer to attached flyer for registration details.

Workshop Two: Abnormal Mental States and Palliative Care

Dr Dianne Clifton has been a senior consultant psychiatrist and Medical Director of Psychosocial Cancer Care at St Vincent’s Hospital and Caritas Christi.
She has been active in research related to delirium and the reactivation of post traumatic memory and has presented internationally in this area.
Dr Clifton lectures frequently on cancer issues and the psychiatric aspects of medical illness and runs short courses on these topics.
For registration details to this very interesting session please refer to attached flyer.

Dr Dianne Clifton has been a senior consultant psychiatrist and Medical Director of Psychosocial Cancer Care at St Vincent’s Hospital and Caritas Christi.
She has been active in research related to delirium and the reactivation of post traumatic memory and has presented internationally in this area.
Dr Clifton lectures frequently on cancer issues and the psychiatric aspects of medical illness and runs short courses on these topics.
For registration details to this very interesting session please refer to attached flyer.


Abnormal Mental States & Palliative Care
Abnormal Mental States & Palliative Care
Added Thursday, 2 November 2017 by . SMRPCC. Category: Education - Competencies
Updated: Friday, 3 November 2017

Dr Dianne Clifton has been a senior consultant psychiatrist and Medical Director of Psychosocial Cancer Care at St Vincent’s Hospital and Caritas Christi.
She has been active in research related to delirium and the reactivation of post traumatic memory and has presented internationally in this area.
Dr Clifton lectures frequently on cancer issues and the psychiatric aspects of medical illness and runs short courses on these topics.
For registration details to this very interesting session please refer to attached flyer.


Medical Treatment and Planning Act Changes
Medical Treatment and Planning- changes to the ac
Added Thursday, 2 November 2017 by . SMRPCC. Category: Education - Competencies
Updated: Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The law on consent for medical treatment will be changed significantly on the 12th of March 2018. This has implication for a wide range of health providers, including allied health, pharmacy, dentistry, etc. It is your responsibility as a provider of health services to know about these changes and prepare for them.

To register for an information session on important changes to the Act please refer to attached flyer.


Disability Awareness in Palliative Care
Disability Awareness in Palliative Care
Added Wednesday, 4 October 2017 by . SMRPCC. Category: Disability


Understanding issues for people with intellectual disabilities at End of Life

    This workshop is aimed at staff:
  • who provide health services for people in group homes
  • who have previously undertaken a PEPA placement
  • working in specialist palliative care community services
  • who work in palliative care inpatient and consultancy services

For further information and registration details please refer to attached flyer.


PCC Evaluation Report 2017
Palliative Care Conversations - Project Evaluation
Added Tuesday, 3 October 2017 by . SMRPCC. Category: Education - Learning packages


In 2014, the Southern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium (SMRPCC) identified the need to assist non-palliative care health professionals in the region to gain an improved understanding and skills in referring to palliative care. The consortium established an advisory group comprising a range of health professionals within and outside the palliative care sector. A comprehensive training resource, including a facilitators guide, PowerPoint slides, a timetable, handouts and a pre-and post-evaluation was developed. The program was piloted, evaluated and a train-the-trainer workshop presented at the 2015 Palliative Care Australia Conference in Melbourne. Following the conference, the program was made available for free to interested organisations.

In 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services released the ‘Victoria’s End of Life and Palliative Care Framework’ and within this document determined their priority areas. Priority Four, ‘Quality end of life and palliative care is everyone’s responsibility’ emphasises the responsibilities of the whole health sector to possess the skills to have appropriate conversations about end of life and understand how to initiate care and support for people with a terminal illness, their family and caregivers.

In order to address Priority Four of the Framework, the consortium decided to undertake a project to roll out the ‘Palliative Care Conversation’ training across the southern metropolitan region and evaluate not only the individual sessions, but also undertake a follow up evaluation to ascertain whether participation in the training resulted in practice change and to identify any additional barriers.

Please refer to attached document for the final evaluation report for this project.


SMRPCC Annual Report 2017
SMRPCC Annual Report 2016 - 2017
Added Tuesday, 3 October 2017 by . SMRPCC. Category: Annual Report
Updated: Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Please find attached the Southern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium Annual Report for 2016 - 2017.

Post PEPA Scholarship2017 Info
Post PEPA Scholarship
Added Thursday, 7 September 2017 by . SMRPCC. Category: Palliative Approach


The Southern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium (SMRPCC) is pleased to offer a number of scholarships for attendance at a palliative care course or study day. Health workers across the Southern Metropolitan Region (SMR) are eligible to apply. This scholarship aims to encourage health workers to increase their knowledge and skills in palliative care and to take back to their workplace or to achieve post graduate qualifications in palliative care.

If you work in any health-related field within the SMR, have undertaken a PEPA placement or participated in other significant palliative care training (e.g. Palliative Approach Toolkit Training or Decision Assist training) you are encouraged to apply.

You can apply for a palliative care course being held anywhere in Victoria or interstate. The scholarships are to a maximum of $500. You can apply for funds to cover the whole course (if under $500) or as part payment for a course that costs more than $500.

Please refer to attached information flyer for further details and application instructions.


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Managing a Culturally Diverse Workforce
Added Thursday, 7 September 2017 by . SMRPCC. Category: Aged Care
Updated: Thursday, 7 September 2017

This forum is specifically for Managers, CNCs and Link Nurses committed to the ongoing implementation of the palliative approach in Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Please refer to attached flyer for further details and link to online registration form.


Older People with Cancer Forum Flyer
Older People with Cancer Forum
Added Thursday, 24 August 2017 by . SMRPCC. Category: Aged Care
Updated: Thursday, 24 August 2017

27th October 2017, Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

Presented by the Victorian Care of Older People Clinical Network in partnership with the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services and the Victorian Palliative Care Clinical Network

The forum aims to bring together clinicians from all areas of health care and provide an opportunity to share and develop knowledge capability for Older People with Cancer.

Who should attend: Health Service Consumers and Medical, Nursing Allied Health Staff - all levels of experience and all specialities welcome

Please refer to flyer for further details.



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