Learning with IPEPA: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals

Workshops: Palliative approach to care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals

IPEPA offers a dedicated workshop program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health workers and practitioners to support development of confidence in caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples affected by life-limiting illness. Workshops can be delivered in two or three parts, depending on the specific needs and experience of your group.

Workshop sessions aim to develop knowing, being and doing outcomes across the following topics:

  1. The palliative care journey
  2. Yarning about palliative care, end-of-life care and people’s choices
  3. Loss, grief and healing
  4. Looking after yourself

To book a workshop to be presented for your community, please contact the IPEPA Aboriginal Project Officer/ Consultant or PEPA Manager in your state or territory.

Find out more about the IPEPA Learning Approach used in our workshops.


IPEPA provides opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health professionals to develop skills in the palliative approach to care by undertaking a supervised placement in a specialist palliative care service.

Reverse placements are also available where a palliative care specialist comes to your workplace to provided an individualised learning experience for a small group of staff. Reverse placements are available in rural and remote settings, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community health / medical services.

Learning Guide for Aboriginal Health Professionals

Learning Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals can be used to support workshops and placements, as a guide to key information and links to detailed content and learning resources. It also provides opportunities for reflection and ongoing learning.

The IPEPA animation project is a series of videos drawing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural strengths and perspectives to educate and entertain communities and health professionals in a grass-roots way.

Featuring the voice of multi-talented Sean Choolburra, the IPEPA animated series is five short films starring our hero, Sean. Stanley embarks on five journeys of understanding around palliative care and explores different aspects of what happens when we are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

Playlist link

Ways to support our people to change a harmful experience of serious illness to a healing experience, that is grounded in sovereignty, dignity and self-determination.

Download the resource here:

Seasons for Healing is a culturally appropriate small group education program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults who are managing experiences of change, loss and grief.

The third session of our workshop, Loss, grief, and healing has been informed by the Seasons for Healing program.

This video resource tells the story of how the Anindilyakwa people of Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory have embraced advance care planning, supported by local healthcare professionals who have worked with them in a culturally safe and responsive way.