Over 3,500 health professionals have undertaken a PEPA placement since the program began in 2003. This includes over 300 placement participants who identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (9%).
Of total placement participants, 52% were Registered or Enrolled Nurses, 19% were General Practitioners, 6% were Specialist Palliative Care Staff, 9% were Allied Health Professionals, 9% percent were Aboriginal health workers and 5% were Assistants in Nursing or Aged Care staff. Thirteen percent of placement participants came from remote or very remote geographical areas of Australia. A further 15% came from outer regional areas, 24% from inner regional areas and 48% from major cities.
PEPA workshops have been attended by a further 21,000+ health professionals, including over 800 attendances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and community workers.
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.