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Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing workshops

Tuesday September 30th, 2014

The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing is offering workshops from 10 October 2014 through to June 2015 aimed at people working within approved aged care providers. Details can be found on their flyer CDIA_Flyer

Palliative Care Courses – University of Melbourne

Tuesday September 30th, 2014

The University of Melbourne runs courses Palliative Care Courses in conjunction with the Centre for Palliative Care. The Fundamentals of Palliative Care, a Graduate Certificate Course, is still taking enrolments and begins on 27 October. The 2015 course is also available on the University’s website.

Free palliative care training

Monday September 1st, 2014

If you are a health professional with an interest in palliative care, this learning module is the perfect start. It is accessable, flexible and interactive and is well suited to individuals and workplaces for staff orientation purposes. It will take 2-3 hours to complete in full or it can be accessed multiple times and completed when convenient. Go to www.palliativecaregettingstarted.org


Decision Assist now live on 1300 668 908

Monday September 1st, 2014

Decsion Assist, the Advance Care Planning advisory phone service is now available for health professionals working with recipients of aged care services, either residential or community. The contact phone number for the service is 1300 668 908 and specialist advance care planning staff will be available to take calls from 8am until 8pm, 7 days per week. The palliative care arm of this phone service is in the development stage with 24/7 service expected to be operational by September 2014.


Grants available from NBVLL

Monday August 4th, 2014

The 2015 Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited (NBVLL) Grants and Fellowships are now open. Grants and fellowships valued between $3,000 and $50,000 are available for 2015. Applications close September 19th 2014

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) have an opportunity for nurses to apply for a scholarship to complete Lung Foundation Australia’s COPD Nurse Training online. COPD Nurse Training online is an interactive training program for primary care nurses providing information on identifying and managing patients with COPD and developing self-management plans with patients. Applications close on Monday 15 September 2014. The application form can be accessed at http://www.acn.edu.au/





Change to die for?

Tuesday July 29th, 2014

Dying in Australia is amongst the most institutionalised in the world – 86 per cent of Australians die in hospital or residential care. Many have deaths that are lingering, impersonal and disempowered and the cost of dying is high. With dying on the increase, this will become a much more significant issue for health policy in the future. The forthcoming Grattan report, Change to die for? argues that death is hidden and avoided and that most people have not discussed the services and support they would like when they die. How do we get people to discuss their preferences and choices for end-of-life care and what reforms are needed to ensure people have a good death?

Professor Hal Swerissen, visiting Health Program Fellow at Grattan Institute, and Senator Jan McLucas will discuss the report and the changes needed to improve the quality of dying in Australia at the Pitch Policy event

Date: Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Time: 6-7pm

Venue: State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette, 179 La Trobe St, Melbourne, 3000

The event is free but please register


Rethinking cancer, raising hope

Wednesday July 16th, 2014

Exploring ways in which Indigenous communities honor the spirit of the dying/deceased person

Wednesday July 16th, 2014

The next meeting of the Psychological, Social, Spiritual and Bereavement (PSSB) Special Interest Group will be held  Monday 11 August 2014 10.30am to 3.30pm (Registrations from 10am) at La Trobe University, Franklin Street, Melbourne when the guest presenter, Dr Chris Kavelin, Intercultural Spirituality and Social Transformation consultant, will explore ways in which Indigenous communities honor the spirit of the dying/deceased person.

An experiential session in which Dr Chris Kavelin will offer a presentation that briefly explores a few examples of the ways in which Indigenous communities (in Australia and overseas) honor the spirit of the dying/deceased person. Chris will then offer an experiential exercise to give participants a practical skill of a language that can identify spiritual strengths for those in palliative care.

Registrations can be made via Eventbrite by clicking here.


Oncology Emergencies Study Day

Monday July 14th, 2014

GICS (Grampians Integrated Cancer Services) are taking registrations for an Oncology Emergencies Study Day on 5th September. The event will be held in the Lecture Room, Education Resource Centre, Ballarat Health Service from 8.30am to 4.00pm. It is designed for Nurses, Students and Allied Health Professionals and costs $50. Contact Robyn McIntyre on 0434 658 518 or robynmc@bhs.org.au

Loddon Mallee Regional Palliative Care Consultancy Service Education

Tuesday June 24th, 2014

The training calender for the next half year is in the calendar section and includes information about

  1. 15 July, Caring for Palliative Patients part one, Kyneton, $80
  2. 1 and 2 September, Introduction to the Palliative Approach Toolkit for RACFs, Bendigo, $160
  3. 16 September, Caring for Palliative Care Patients Part two, Swan Hill, $80
  4. 23 September, Intro to Palliative Care – Disability services, Mildura, $20
  5. 8 October, PCA’s and their role in Palliative Care, Echuca, $80
  6. 3 November,  Intro to Palliative Care – Disability services, Echuca, $20
  7. 10 and 11 November, Introduction to the Palliative Approach Toolkit for RACFs, Mildura, $160


For sessions in Kyneton, Bendigo, Swan Hill or Echuca ring 5454 6262 or email lmrpccs@bendigohealth.org.au

For Mildura sessions ring 5025 9028 or email schs@schs.com.au