Three workshops are available for clinicians:
Identification, Assessment and Management of Distress
This two day workshop will enable the participant to identify and distinguish different forms of distress and will provide strategies for the bio psychosocial, spiritual & existential management of distress.
Management of Imminent Death and Complex Cases
This one day workshop will provided an understanding of managing the concerns of imminent death and delirium, examining the issues that arise with patients & families who challenge our interpersonal skills, and will also cover ethical and legal considerations in palliative care.
Special and At Risk Populations. Working with Other Professionals
This one day workshop will examine the issues that arise in palliative care for non-malignant disease, at risk populations, people from different cultures and will address the experience of clinicians dealing with people impacted by life-threatening illness. Other topics incorporated into this day will include team dynamics, promoting self-care, staff support and supervision.
The Centre for Palliative Care (CPC) has a state-wide role in palliative care education, with a focus on ensuring education is multidisciplinary and delivered by experts in their field who may be drawn from multiple institutions around Victoria as appropriate. The goals for CPC in regard to palliative care education are to:
- Increase general understanding and skill in palliative care through education and training of the general health workforce
- Develop future leaders in palliative care through programs designed to increase the number of palliative care specialists, and through facilitating opportunities for networking, peer support and leadership development.
Who should apply
The workshops are relevant for doctors (including general practitioners), nurses, and allied health professionals who work in a range of care settings including palliative care, cancer care, aged care, acute care, inpatient or community settings.
Academic and teaching team
Dr Justin Dwyer
Director, Psychosocial Cancer Care, St Vincent's Melbourne
Dr Keryn Taylor
Psychiatrist, Psychosocial Cancer Care, St Vincent's Melbourne
Ms Karen Quinn
Coordinator Education, Centre for Palliative Care & Program Coordinator for Victorian Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Collaborative