Do you belong to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community that wants to know more about caring for people when they are getting ready to ‘finish up’?

PEPA offers a workshop program and Learning Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and healthcare providers predominantly caring for Indigenous people. PEPA education supports staff from Aboriginal Health Services (Indigenous or non-Indigenous) and healthcare providers in Indigenous communities. Our education has been designed to be delivered  with care for culturally safe practices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, health practitioners, hospital liaison officers and community workers, in most cases, elders and other community members may be invited to attend events.

The workshop aims to increase community awareness in caring for people who are unwell and not going to get better.  This program is flexible and can be customised to local needs within each state and territory.

The program is underpinned by the principle of Cultural Respect in that interventions and services should ‘not unwittingly compromise the cultural rights, practices, values and expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’*.    The program has been developed with steering from the PEPA for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Reference Group, which includes representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, policy and education sectors.

To book a workshop to be presented for your community ,please contact the PEPA Aboriginal Project Officer/ Consultant or PEPA Manager in your state or territory.

* Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council’s (AHMAC) Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Working Party. Cultural Respect Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2004-2009.  Department of Health, South Australia, March 2004.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthcare Worker/Professionals Learning Guide

The Learning Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare Workers/Professionals is a guide written to support palliative care learning.  It has been built from a grass roots level, supported by experienced Aboriginal healthcare workers. It contains:

  1. Welcome and introduction to PEPA/IPEPA
  2. Palliative Approach to Care
  3. Communication
  4. Advance Care Planning
  5. Recognising and Responding to needs
  6. End-of-life care
  7. Grief, Loss and healing
  8. Caring for yourself

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