General practitioners and rural and remote medical staff – do you provide care for people with life-limiting conditions and want to increase your skills in the palliative approach to care?
PEPA is a great opportunity to learn from palliative care specialists in a supported environment.

Placements are available in all Australian states and territories and applicants from rural and remote areas are encouraged to apply.

PEPA has three learning components:

  1. A supervised clinical attachment to:
    – inpatient palliative care – to provide experience in the ongoing management of patients, case conferencing and the role of the multidisciplinary team;
    – acute hospital consultancy – to provide experience in the management of the patient and family needs during the transition from curative to palliative care and the management of complex acute problems and/or;
    – community practice – which can provide experience in management of patient and family needs in the community and the resources and equipment available in the home.
  2. A planned activity that you implement in your own workplace within three months of completing the attachment.
  3. The development of networks to assist you in your own practice with people with life-limiting conditions.

Contribution towards you professional development may be available to assist you to undertake this education program.  Please contact your local PEPA Manger for more information. 

Tailored workshops are also available in most states and territories and are offered free of charge.  To find out more see our calendar of events.

The following online learning modules have been designed for Doctors and GP participants undertaking a PEPA supervised clinical placement.

These modules help users prepare for and maximise their learning during a PEPA placement.  They cover key topics in palliative care, provide activities to consolidate learning and direct users to other sources of information that should enable them to further develop their knowledge and skills in palliative care.

To access the relevant Online Learning Modules click the link below and then register to use the Learning Management System.  Once you have registered with your personal login details you can click on the links below to login to the modules.

You may return to them any time you like.  The modules automatically save your responses and keep track of your progress.

Visit our Six GP Online Modules  – GP & Rural and Remote Medical Practitioner Learning Guide (New as at 2019).

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)


ACRRM will allocate 30 ACRRM pdp points* to GPs who have ACRRM membership and undertake a PEPA supervised clinical placement at a specialist palliative care service for a minimum of 15 hours.  You will need to keep a record of you pdp to self report to ACRRM.


Eligible RACGP members who undertake a PEPA placement of at least 10 hours may be eligible for 40 x Category 1 points (meets RACGP Quality Improvement Activity requirement).


If you are a member of RACGP and would like to apply for Quality Improvement & Continuing Professional Development (QI & CPD) points, please self-record an activity online by following the steps outlined below:


1.     Log in to the RACGP website – on the far top right hand corner you will see a blue button ‘My account’
2.     ‘Log in’ – enter your user name and password
3.     On the left hand side you will see two blue buttons – select  ‘Submit a self-directed activity’
4.     There will be a pop up box ‘Attention’ – just close it
5.     Select the activity type you are wanting to submit eg. Supervised Clinical Attachment
6.     Answer the questions
7.     Select specific requirement eligibility/ training grant eligibility/CPR if applicable
8.     Attach any supporting documentation
9.     Tick ‘I agree’ under declaration
10.  Click “SUBMIT”


Contact details and addresses are available from: .


Royal Australian College of Physicians Fellows


Participants in the RACP MyCPD Program may be eligible to claim credits for attending PEPA placements under ‘Category 4 : Structured Learning Projects’ at 3 credits per hour*.


*Please note that the professsional development points allocated are subject to change without notice and may increase or decrease as considered appropriate by the professional associations involved.


AHPRA Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Annual registration with AHPRA for health professionals requires individual participation in continuing professional development to meet requirements of each National Board. Points can be gained through PEPA placements and workshops with the number of points available varying depending upon the professional discipline. This is a self recording process and all responsibility to document and claim points falls on the registrant directly.

For further information contact your state or territory PEPA manager, or visit their website.