PEPA provides an ideal opportunity to learn from experienced specialist staff to enhance skills, knowledge and experience in the palliative approach.

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IPEPA builds the capacity of the workforce to provide high-quality, holistic and culturally-responsive palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their loved ones.

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Providing opportunities to develop confidence, knowledge & skills in the palliative approach to care.

IPEPA are thrilled to announce that our hero, Sean, is back and embarking on journeys of palliative care understanding through a second series of educational films designed specifically for our deadly mob.Check them out here! videos draw on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural strengths and perspectives to educate and entertain communities and health professionals about palliative care themes in a grass-roots way. The series features the voice and animated version of multi-talented comedian, Sean Choolburra.#seanchoolburra #ignitionfilms #IPEPA ... See MoreSee Less
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Mark your calendars! 📅PCT are excited to announce a Special International Speaker Series featuring Dr Kathryn Mannix on 'Listening Skills & the Art of Conversations.'Dr. Mannix is the author of Sunday Times bestselling book ‘With the End in Mind’ and her latest book, ‘Listen’ explores the art of tender conversations.📅Thursday 9th November 2023⌚7:00am - 8:00am AEDTAdmission is free, but RSVP is required.Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with a renowned author and pioneer in palliative care! RSVP Here: #SpeakerSeries #KathrynMannix #Conversations #PalliativeCare ... See MoreSee Less
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🌟Expressions of interest are now open! The ELDAC Working Together Program assists aged care service providers who wish to develop palliative care & advance care planning activities within their organisation with ELDAC facilitators. More in our news ... See MoreSee Less
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Last week our very own PEPA Aged Care Nurse Educator, Fiona McLeod, took the stage as a keynote speaker at the Hume Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care Summit in Shepparton.Fiona's dedication and unwavering commitment to enhancing the aged care workforce to improve the quality of, and access to, palliative care for older Australians, makes us so proud to have her as a part of our PEPA team. Go Fi! #palliativecare #agedcareaustralia #pepanurse #pepamentor #pepaagedcare #Pepa #ipepa ... See MoreSee Less
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QUT Cancer and Palliative Care Outcomes Centre - lunchtime screening of Live the Life you Please. A truly moving film and very worthy campaign - a must see! Take a look at their webpage #npcw23 #nationalpalliativecareweek2023 #NationalPalliativeCareWeek #livethelifeyouplease ... See MoreSee Less
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PEPA WA Presents: Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care (Virtual Session)Come and join our webinar to support National Palliative Care Week (21 – 27 May 2023). This virtual session will help you implement the palliative approach in your regional residential aged care facilities. The session will be presented by WA Country Health Service Palliative Care Program staff and outline other palliative care learning pathways for residential aged care staff.Tuesday 23rd May, 2023, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm (AWST - Perth)Free - funded by PEPARegister online via: Target Group: All health professionals and aged care workers in regional/rural residential aged care facilitiesPresenters: Ed Gaudoin, Clinical Nurse Consultant, WACHS Palliative Care ProgramTammy McGrath, Coordinator of Aboriginal Health Workers, WACHS Palliative Care ProgramFor more information phone 08 9382 9300 or email ... See MoreSee Less
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IPEPA is a grassroots approach to breaking down the barriers to palliative care for Aboriginal and T

IPEPA are thrilled to announce that our hero, Sean, is back and embarking on journeys of palliative care understanding through a second series of educational films designed specifically for our deadly mob.Check them out here! videos draw on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural strengths and perspectives to educate and entertain communities and health professionals about palliative care themes in a grass-roots way. The series features the voice and animated version of multi-talented comedian, Sean Choolburra.#SeanChoolburra #ignitionfilms #ipepa ... See MoreSee Less
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Kelly and Lorenz honouring the theme, “For Our Elders” with the Elders, Family, Staff and Volunteers at Juninga Aged Care Facility on their NAIDOC Family Day, 5 July 2023 ... See MoreSee Less
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❤️💛🖤Happy National NAIDOC week you mob! ❤️💛🖤#NAIDOC #NAIDOC2023 #ForOurElders The artwork pictured is by Bobbi Lockyer, a Ngarluma, Kariyarra, Nyulnyul and Yawuru artist, born and based on Kariyarra Country in Port Hedland. Find out more here: ... See MoreSee Less
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✨Check out the upcoming National Symposium on Griefology✨The physical body will heal once we heal our spirit from all of our past pains, traumas and tragedies. We can help you forge a pathway for Aboriginal health and wellbeing in your workplace and in your community. Join us at the National Symposium on Griefology and gain the knowledge to support cultural awareness, and make a difference around you 👊🏾 #aboriginalprosperity #griefology #rosemarywanganeen #culturalwareness ... See MoreSee Less
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✨Check out this deadly event held by PEPA QLD!!! ✨Last week, mob from across Queensland came together to take part in the Inaugural IPEPA Education Week held on Meeanjin Country. The event included a placement, palliative approach workshop, small group works days and a visit to McCartney Funerals. ‘It was a pleasure to be part of this workshop and was beyond my expectations thank you for the experience’ – QLD IPEPA Education Participant 💖 ... See MoreSee Less
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💥Our Deadly Palliative Care Teams combined forces to deliver education to our Aboriginal Health Workers in Broome last week during palliative care week! (IPEPA, Kimberley Palliative Care Team & PEPA Aged Care) 💥 ... See MoreSee Less
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The positive impact we make

Participants continue to report that PEPA is positively impacting their knowledge and skills, resulting in the enhanced provision of care for people with life-limiting illnesses.

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Palliative care is very valuable, we only get one chance to get it right. Whether people choose to die at home or in a hospital or RACF the emphasis is on providing good quality end of life care and having the knowledge and confidence to carry it out effectively.  These placements provided me with a greater insight into all aspects of palliative care in different settings and social situations, the care of the client, the family and the carers.

AJ(Personal Care Worker)

Aged Care (QLD)

Upon completing Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach I have gained insight into a service that I was not entirely familiar with before undertaking this placement. I feel this experience was very worthwhile as I am able to now understand when a client would be referred to palliative care and what palliative care can do to help support and assist the patient and their family/carer at end of life care giving quality of life. Palliative Care is often an overlooked service as community are not aware or educated on how the service can help with end of life care.  This service can help reduce hospitalisations by caring for the patient in community and assisting with end of life care in particular keeping the patient comfortable and out of pain so they can still enjoy good quality of life. On this placement I was also made aware that there is an under representation of Aboriginal patients using Palliative Care in our local area on the Central Coast.  This made me realise that I could help educate and promote this service to our Aboriginal community so that they are aware that this service exists and is there to help. I was given education on this placement, as well, about Advanced Care Directives and Advanced Care Plans.  I was not overly familiar with these documents and was happy to receive education so that I am able to pass this knowledge onto patients that I assist so that they are aware they can put these documents in place to help with End of Life Care. I was exposed to both patient palliative care in a hospital setting and in a community setting.  It was a great opportunity to see the way they both worked. I was able to see a couple of patients that were newly referred and how an initial assessment with these patients was conducted in the community setting and how the palliative care service can support these patients through end of life care with pain management, Occupational Therapy and physiotherapy assessments to establish equipment to help patient at home, such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, ramps etc.  Some of these conversations around end of life are difficult to conduct so it was a worthwhile exercise seeing how the CNS would discuss with patients. I can take this experience back and utilise in my current role as Aboriginal Hospital Liaison.  I am often dealing with patients, families and carers at end of life stage and now feel more comfortable promoting this service and educating patients, families and carers on ways this valuable service can help support and assist them. I was extremely happy to be able to undertake this placement and learn more about palliative care, a service that would certainly be beneficial to patients entering end of life and offering quality of life to these patients.  I am happy to advocate for patients to refer, register and utilise this very worthwhile service.

Cathy Davison(Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer)

Central Coast (NSW)

The benefit I have gained from my PEPA program and the sabbatical in palliative care is greater confidence in performing the palliative care of an accurately diagnosed and prognosticated patient in all aspects of their palliative care pathway.  I can confidently explain the pathway and objectives of the pathway to concerned relatives and friends and take the responsibility of prescribing appropriate medications.  I believe I am now able to both empathise and sympathise with these situations and act in a better way as a true patient advocate in their proper care.  I would definitely recommend the PEPA program as an excellent, interesting and informative program for all GPs.

Dr Richland Ward(Medical Director)

Rosebud Hospital (VIC)

Thanks to PEPA I have already started improving palliative care in the ED! First shift back in the ED and I have... a patient come in actively dying from the nursing home... Unfortunately the son wasn't told about the dying process or symptoms... Because of my PEPA placement I was able to confidently discuss the end-of-life process with the patient's son, what symptoms to expect and the management etc.

Kendell Smith(Registered Nurse)

Emergency Department (ACT)

I hadn’t realised that patients with all illnesses could be referred to the palliative care team; I thought that only patients with cancer had access to palliative care... I was able to meet some of the patients and was truly blessed to see how my mentor interacted with the patients. She was soft spoken, gentle and caring. I noticed that she also allowed time for the patient to talk and ask questions. This is important when dealing with our mob as we need to allow time and space for questions or reflection.

Geraldine McNamara(Senior Aboriginal Health Worker)

Umoona Health Service (SA)

I am a Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, currently based in Orange (rural) NSW and for my 4 day PEPA clinical placement I was keen to see a couple of specialist units in the Sydney metropolitan area. My first area of interest was Motor Neurone Disease (MND). MND is a challenging disease and made more so in rural NSW. The disease is rare enough that health professionals across the board get very little exposure and therefore little experience caring for someone with MND. My goal was to see what services the city units offered their patients, and to see how that could be adapted to a rural setting. I returned home having exhausted my poor brain, but very grateful for having had the opportunity to see and do so much in such a short time.

Louise Hoffman(Specialist Palliative Care Nurse)

Orange (NSW)

I have found the PEPA program to be invaluable, giving me insight into the hospital system and community provision of palliative care. My confidence has increased as a result of the knowledge I have gained. In each of the placements I was welcomed and encouraged to attain my learning needs.  Resource material was supplied to provide further information. I would encourage all my colleagues to seek the opportunity to participate in this program of experiential learning.

Maree Gerven(Community Nurse)

Hobart (TAS)

One of the highlights of my trip was meeting Bev Derschow who developed and designed the Northern Territory Aboriginal Palliative Care model. Bev was able to share her experience in ‘spreading the word’ about palliative care and how finding the ‘right’ person to talk to when conducting a family meeting is imperative to culturally appropriate practice. I learnt that the Territory Palliative Care is a specialist program which provides a consultative service throughout the Northern Territory for clients with a life limiting illness. TPC is multidisciplinary and, while there are differences in staffing in Central Australia and the Top End, the full team includes specialist physicians, specialist nurses, social workers, occupational therapist and a pastoral care worker and volunteers.

Sally Eves(Social Worker)

Kimberley Palliative Care Service (NT)

...just like me, before attending the PEPA program, my colleagues also thought of palliative care as being limited to the care given to the terminal and actively dying person.  This view has now changed and we now know supportive and palliative care starts long before that stage. We now realise that all the patients under our care need supportive and palliative care considerations as they are living with a life-limiting illness and a huge burden of symptoms and psychosocial problems which make quality of life poor... We are now aware of when to refer a patient to the renal supportive care clinic (RSCC) and how to do it.

Margaret(RN / Team Leader)

Community Dialysis Unit (ACT)

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