Want to improve your ability to care for people with a life-limiting illness?

Taking part in a supervised clinical placement with experienced palliative care professionals is a great way to increase your confidence, skills and knowledge in caring for patients with a life-limiting illness.

Working side-by-side with professionals in specialist palliative care services gives you the ability to see the latest best practice care in action, ask questions and make ongoing connections and relationships with colleagues who you can refer to for assistance in years to come.

Or you can book a free, one-day workshop to learn more about the palliative approach to care in any setting, including dealing with common symptoms and supporting patients and care givers.

The Victorian Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) gives you that opportunity.

WHAT VICTORIAN PEPA OFFERS YOU

Victorian PEPA aims to improve the accessibility of quality palliative care in the community by increasing the skills and confidence of health professionals who are caring for people with serious illness, and their families.

WORKSHOPS ON THE PALLIATIVE APPROACH

that have been specifically designed for health professionals working in Victorian aged care, health and disability sectors and for Aboriginal health workers

SUPERVISED CLINICAL PLACEMENTS

that build workforce capacity and enhance links between specialist and generalist healthcare professionals in Victoria

POST-PLACEMENT SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

that provide further professional development on advanced practice issues in palliative care in Victoria

BOOK A WORKSHOP

The one-day workshops cover topics including:

The palliative approach to care

Common challenges for patients, families and caregivers

Caring for the professional caregiver

Communication in palliative care

Common symptoms

Grief and loss

APPLY FOR A SUPERVISED CLINICAL PLACEMENT

The two-to-five day supervised clinical placements at specialist palliative care services in Victoria will enable you to:

Update your clinical skills

Increase your understanding of how to provide palliative approach to care

Improve your ability to identify the needs of people with a serious illness

Strengthen your relationships with specialist palliative care services

Identify personal coping strategies

Earn Continuing Professional Development points (including Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners)

VICTORIAN PEPA SUCCESS STORIES

Jan Street
regional nurse

“I have more than 35 years’ nursing experience but the PEPA workshop has made me more confident and knowledgeable about recognising and treating palliative care emergencies and providing care and symptom management in the palliative care setting.”

Aboriginal
health worker

“I learnt that palliative care is not about the ‘end of the line’ but the essential care given to the end of the journey.”

Cheryl Wile
psychologist

“I was aware my palliative care experience was limited and PEPA has given me the exposure I needed. The interactions were so meaningful I still think of them now. I would recommend it 100 per cent.”

PEPA IS FREE

PEPA is free for all eligible health practitioners, including general practitioners, nurses, and allied health and Aboriginal health workers. Employers or self-employed participants can apply for compensation towards costs associated with back-fill. Rural participants may be eligible for reimbursement of travel, meal and accommodation costs.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Click here to view upcoming workshops

Click here to download the supervised placement information brochure and application form

Contact the Victorian PEPA Manager on 03 9231 5657 or pepa@svha.org.au

You can also visit the national PEPA website for further details on the program and to access palliative care support materials or the Centre for Palliative Care’s website for other palliative care education options.