What is the GP – PEPA Project?
The Australian Government Department of Health has provided funding for PEPA to work with primary Health Networks (PHNs) to deliver a Palliative Approach Workshop for GPs in each of the 31 PHNs by the end of 2017. The funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving palliative care provision in Australia. This project will assist PHNs in their endeavours to improve coordination of care for patients requiring palliative care through building capacity and improving networks between GPs and specialist palliative care services.
About the Workshops
The tailored workshops will be facilitated by clinicians with extensive palliative care experience. They will provide opportunities for participant interaction with the content. Key topics will include:
- Key strategies for identifying individuals in the general practice setting who may be approaching the end of life.
- Strategies for communicating with patients and families about prognosis and goals and preferences for care
- The principles of end of life care, including assessment and management of pain and other common symptoms
- Resources to support general practitioners to provide end of life care
- Self care strategies to effectively manage the personal issues related to working in this field.
For more information contact your Primary Health Network