Transition to Specialty Palliative Care Practice (TSP) course

We have had an amazing response from you to the “Expression of interest” for the Transition to Specialty Palliative Care Practice (TSP) course run by Palliative Care South East, Gippsland Palliative Care Consortium and the Australian College of Nursing.   So we would like to run it in our region too.

For those who responded and are interested in applying – please find the application form (link here);

You will need to complete this and email it to: by the 20th of December 2023.

There are only 20 places for the “Bendigo/Loddon Mallee” course – and these will be prioritised to make sure we have equal distribution across health services in the region.

Successful applicants from the Loddon Mallee Region will automatically receive a $2000 scholarship from the Loddon Mallee Region Palliative Care Consortium – and will only be required to pay the remaining $850.  Please remember that this course will articulate to post graduate qualifications

After the course has been completed you will have the opportunity to participate in a Placement with a Specialist Palliative Care service if you choose to.

If you have any questions – please contact Adam (Loddon Mallee Region Palliative Care Consortium Manager) 

Mobile 0447 526 626  Email

Courses and Programs

PEPA (Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach)

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) is designed to improve the skills, confidence and expertise of health practitioners who care for people who are dying and their families. This includes general practitioners, nurses, allied health and Aboriginal health workers.  PEPA has three core components:

  • supervised clinical placements that build workforce capacity and enhance links between specialist and generalist health care professionals
  • workshops that provide an introduction to the palliative approach
  • post placement support activities which provide professional development, networking and education opportunities.

Further information is available on the PEPA website.

Banksia Palliative Care

Banksia Palliative Care (Banksia) provides high quality palliative care education via our Learning Centre Team. Through our education sessions, we empower clinicians, and members of the community with specific, specialist palliative care knowledge.  We believe that the more health professionals with capacity in this vital area, the more people who will receive the personalised care and treatment that will enable them to have dignity in death, whatever that looks like for that individual.

Our education is facilitated by highly trained and experienced Educators, with qualifications and expertise in all areas of palliative care.

Banksia works closely with a variety of organisations across Victoria to deliver vital education, including:

  • Residential Aged Care Facilities and DHHS Supported Residential Services,
  • Private and public health services,
  • Councils,
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse community groups,
  • Regional Palliative Care Consortiums.
Centre for Palliative Care

The Centre for Palliative Care is part of St. Vincent’s Hospital and is a Collaborative Centre of The University of Melbourne.  It has a state-wide role in palliative care education and research in Victoria, with networks and collaborative projects extending nationally and internationally.

The Centre coordinates Professional Development Days for Registered Nurses; provides Postgraduate and Short Courses in Palliative Care; is involved in the Nurse Practitioner Collaborative and the Victorian Palliative Medicine Training Program; and facilitates the Palliative Care Research Network.

link to Centre for Palliative Care here

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Victoria

The 2022 MND Victoria Health Professionals Webinar Series will include the following:

Webinar 1: MND Phenotypes, February

Webinar 2: MND & Saliva Management, April

Webinar 3: MND & Physical Activity, June

Webinar 4: MND & Cognition, July

Webinar 5: MND & Neck Weakness, August

To register: MND Victoria – Event – MND Phenotypes | Health Professionals Webinar

End of Life Law for Clinicians

This training program for medical practitioners and students, nurses and allied and other health professionals focuses on the law relating to end of life decision-making.

Link to The training course here

Post Graduate Courses in Palliative Care (Nursing)

Flinders University

Palliative and supportive services at Flinders University provides distance courses that give professionals from any health discipline the opportunity to deepen the knowledge base on which their practice is grounded.  Offering; Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and Masters of Palliative Care.

(link here)

Australian College of Nursing

Studying palliative care nursing with ACN will provide you with the principles of palliative care nursing in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based palliative care. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of clinical practice development for the improvement of patient outcomes. Offering; Graduate Certificate

(link to ACU Grad Cert in Pall Care here)

Self-Paced Learning Resources

CareSearch – Palliative Care Knowledge Network

Recognising educational needs in palliative care and exploring learning options helps ensure the whole health and care workforce can provide appropriate care to people who are dying.

Education For:

  • Health Professionals Options
  • Educator and Manager Support
  • Careworkers, Carers and Volunteers
  • Whole of Workforce Framework

link to CareSearch here:

Palliative Care Bridge

The Palliative Care Bridge delivers innovative educational videos and resources on palliative care by respected experts and specialists in their fields. Their 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.

End of Life Directions for Aged Care – ELDAC

ELDAC provides information, guidance, and resources to health professionals and aged care workers to support palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians.

Link to ELDAC here

Essential elements of end of life care for Acute Services (Victorian Department of Health)

These resources are intended to assist acute health services to operationalise the National consensus statement: essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care.

It is a resource for boards, executives, managers and clinicians of all disciplines – and provides Palliative and End of life Care guidance for:

Patient Centered Care


Goals of Care

Using Triggers

Responding to Concerns

Leadership and Governance

Education and Training

Supervision and Support

Evaluation and Feedback

Supporting Systems