Over 4,300 health professionals have undertaken a PEPA placement since the program began in 2003.  This includes over 350  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care providers (8%).

Click here for an Infographic representation of PEPA activity and outcomes from the 2015-17 phase of the project.

Ongoing evaluation of PEPA continues to show that the program is having a positive and sustainable impact on the confidence and skills of health professionals in the delivery of a palliative approach to care and the strengthening of networks and linkages between generalist and specialist palliative care providers.  There is evidence that PEPA placement participants implement a range of strategies to disseminate new knowledge at the local level, and implement a range of practice improvement initiatives in the workplace following participation in the program.

The following publication and posters outline some of the various findings to date:


  • Connell, S., Yates, P. and Barrett, L. Understanding the optimal learning environment in palliative care. Nurse Education Today (2010), DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.08.012. Available:www.nurseeducationtoday.com.