Doris Mutie

Doris Mutie

My name is Doris Mutie, I am a Kenyan by nationality. I am married with three beautiful daughters.  I have lived in Canberra for about 5 years, after moving to Australia in 2006.  My family and…

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Jenny Simons

Jenny Simons

Thank you for the opportunity and support to be part of PEPA, it was a great learning experience and I am deeply respectful of the knowledge and care given to our community.

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Maree Gerven

Maree Gerven

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…

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Kellie

Kellie

The overall PEPA experience has been beneficial to service delivery by highlighting the importance of a collaborative approach to care provision and demonstrating the need to consider the interpretation of a tertiary model of practice.  Personally,…

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Louise Hoffman

Louise Hoffman

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…

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Gordon Roberts

Gordon Roberts

My PEPA placement came about because I have had a long term interest in working in Palliative Care and saw this as an opportunity to further my knowledge in this area. My PEPA experience has provided…

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Geraldine McNamara

Geraldine McNamara

This PEPA placement enabled me to network with people from different agencies within the palliative care area and enabled me to put names to faces as well as gain knowledge around palliative care. Overall, I enjoyed…

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Melissa Willson

Melissa Willson

Having completed my PEPA programme, I feel I am better skilled to care for those with life limiting illnesses and now also have contacts in specialized palliative care services to liaise with when I need advice…

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AJ

AJ

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…

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Tracey Stanley

Tracey Stanley

I thoroughly enjoyed my PEPA placement. I gained a lot of knowledge from it and I would encourage other people interested to apply for the program. And can I say that due to my positive experience…

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Dr Richland Ward

Dr Richland Ward

I graduated in medicine in 1963, worked in the country for ten years before taking up practice in Collins Street for 22 years. In 2002 I began at the Rosebud Hospital Campus of Peninsula Health where…

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Sally Eves

Sally Eves

I can enthusiastically recommend a PEPA placement to anyone and I encourage you to contact the PEPA Co-ordinator (in your state or territory) to discuss the details about applying for a possible placement for yourself.

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CoPs provide an environment in which professionals can share their practice experiences, develop and discuss areas of interests and build a sense of community (2).

A community of practice was a term first coined by Etienne Wenger, an education practitioner and academic, who described CoP as “Groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better”. The successful CoP requires members to be participatory and is essentially led by its members. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that the CoP stays relevant, engaging and offers value to the domain of interest (3).

CoPs were initially developed to exchange information and knowledge but more recently are being used as tools to improve clinical and public health practice and to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based practice (2). 

In the healthcare field, CoPs have been promoted as a tool to (4):

  • Cross knowledge boundaries (all healthcare workforce)
  • Generate and manage a body of knowledge for members to draw on (palliative care)
  • Promote standardisation of practice (evidenced based palliative care)
  • Innovate and create new ideas, knowledge and practices 

In developing a CoP, Wegner and colleagues identified three key elements to be included (5,6):

  • Community – to enable interactions, discussions, collaborative activities and relationship building (PEPA Community)
  • Shared domain of interest – a shared purpose or goal of the group (palliative care knowledge, skill and confidence)
  • Shared practice i.e. repertoire of resources, techniques, tools, experiences, processes or practice (palliative care).

For more information about the PEPA CoP Terms of Reference (ToR) click the link at the top of this page

As a PEPA participant completes a placement activity their activity overview (PEPA Completion Form 3 – Workplace Activity Report) it will be written to form a Blog by the PEPA Manager in their state and territory and loaded to the PEPA Placement site for you to comment on later.

  1. Wenger E, McDermott R, Snyder W. Cultivating Communities of Practice: a Guide to Managing knowledge (Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA). Amy HI Lee received the MBA degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in. 2002.
  2. CDC. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/phcommunities/resourcekit/intro/index.html
  3. Wenger E, McDermott R, Snyder WM. Seven principles for cultivating communities of practice. Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge. 2002.
  4. Ranmuthugala G, Plumb JJ, Cunningham FC, Georgiou A, Westbrook JI, Braithwaite J. How and why are communities of practice established in the healthcare sector? A systematic review of the literature. BMC health services research. 2011;11(1):273.
  5. Wenger E. Communities of practice: Learning as a social system. Systems thinker. 1998;9(5):2‐3.
  6. Li LC, Grimshaw JM, Nielsen C, Judd M, Coyte PC, Graham ID. Evolution of Wenger’s concept of community of practice. Implementation Science. 2009;4(1):11.

 

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