For Health Providers
Palliative Care is everybody’s business. The Victorian End of Life and Palliative Care Framework articulates the responsibility of all health care providers to provide the palliative approach and to refer to specialist palliative care services when necessary.
The palliative care system is complex and having the conversations about referral can be difficult for some patients. The consortium can help your organisation to develop a better understanding on what palliative care is and how to refer.
Palliative Care Conversations Training
Palliative Care Conversations, a train the trainer resource to improve referrals to palliative care by training other health professionals.
In-house training is available for health and community organisations in the region.
This 1.5-hour training session provides an overview of what palliative care is, how to refer to the right service and how to have the important conversation with the patient and family.
To read the Palliative Care Conversations: Evaluation Report – click here.
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What is Palliative Care?
This webcast explains palliative care, including the types of supports and services offered by palliative care providers and how palliative care can empower patients, their carers and loved ones. It also promotes early referral and briefly explains the referral processes and models of care.
To access the webcast, click here.
Meditation & Mindfulness
These are difficult times. Many of our clients will be anxious about becoming infected with a deadly virus. Many people will be worried about their loved ones and finding isolation difficult. With this in mind, this webcast covers the basic concepts and language of Meditation and Mindfulness to provide useful strategies that health professionals can pass on to their clients. It may also offer health professionals some strategies for self-care.
To access the webcast, click here.
Health Professionals: Caring for Your Mental Health & Wellbeing
This 22-minute podcast discusses the mental health and well-being of health professionals generally, and nurses in particular, during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The experiences of those on the front line of care are being challenged as never before and this podcast provides information, strategies and tools to assist health professionals to prioritise their own wellbeing and self-care.
To access the podcast, click here.
To access the podcast transcript, click here.
For more resources go to the Pandemic Kindness Movement’s website. The Pandemic Kindness Movement was created by clinicians across Australia, working together to support all health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have curated respected, evidence-informed resources and links to valuable services to support the wellbeing of the health workforce.
Other useful resources
- Consider the Carer, a resource for clinicians to better understand financial and practical pressures for carers.
- Symptom Assessment Scale guidelines (developed by Peninsula Home Hospice and RDNS)
- NDIS and Palliative Care: Fact sheet for health providers
- The Palliative Care Advice Service is a phone-based service for anyone seeking specialist guidance and advice about life-limiting illness. It’s for those living with the illness and those who support them, such as family, friends and neighbours and all healthcare workers.
- To contact the Palliative Care Advice Service call 1800 360 000 or visit pcas.org.au.
For more resources and links to other organisations, go to SMRPCC’s Resources and Links page.
For further information please contact Tanja Bahro, Consortium Manager: