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Graduate Programs in Palliative Care

University accredited postgraduate and short course training programs

  The Centre for Palliative Care (CPC) in collaboration with University of Melbourne offers a series of accredited study options in Palliative care. CPC has a state-wide role in palliative care education, with a focus on ensuring education is multidisciplinary and delivered by experts in their field who may be drawn from multiple institutions around Victoria as appropriate. The goals for CPC in regard to palliative care education are to:

 *   Increase general understanding and skill in palliative care through education and training of the general health workforce

*   Develop future leaders in palliative care through programs designed to increase the number of palliative care specialists, and through facilitating opportunities for networking, peer support and leadership development.

 We have two courses which run in the next few weeks for which places are still available. Students are able to commence their study for a Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care or a Specialist Certificate in Palliative care with any one of the subjects, so don’t delay if you are interested. Further details are provided below.

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Health professionals- Free Online Training- Getting Started!

The Centre for Palliative Care is a state-wide service based at St Vincent’s Hospital and is a collaborative centre of the University of Melbourne.  The Centre’s primary function is to provide training and conduct research in palliative care.  It provides programs and services in its own right and in association with a range of other organisations involved in education, research and delivery of palliative care programs.

Palliative Care: Getting Started has been reviewed by academics and clinical experts in the field of palliative care with regard to the content and delivery mode of the module. The learning module was primarily developed by the Centre’s education team, with acknowledgement to Education Co-ordinator, Karen Quinn and Nurse Educator, Lyndsay Cassidy.

Palliative Care: Getting Started provides a detailed introduction for health professionals caring for people and their families living with a life-threatening illness.  The module is evidence based, promotes best practice and includes links to relevant resources valuable for your clinical practice.  Although the course was developed in Australia, it has worldwide relevance for health professionals involved in the care of people with a life-threatening illness.

Centre for Palliative Care- Online learning

Doctors, Nurses & Allied Health Professionals; Communication

Elaine Myers from Boston Children’s Hospital delivers with her talk on “Being Present, Not Perfect”

Recognised speaker from Boston Children’s Hospital – Elaine C. Meyer, Ph.D., R.N. Director, Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice delivers a talk entitled “On Being Present, Not Perfect”. She draws on both professional and personal experience to illustrate the profound gaps in healthcare communication and how to close them.

Werribee Rotary Club -Equipment Donation

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Werribee Rotary Club -Equipment Donation

Improving equipment access and comfort for children & families

The Werribee Rotary Club continues to raise funds for Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care( VPPCP), in support of children with palliative needs and thier families.

The club conducts an annual fund raising walk trekking up to 200 kilometers across rural Victoria. In October 2013 the walk commenced in Bonnie Doon with participating members and friends walking the old rail trail through towns such as Mansfield, Merton and Alexandra. Team members from VPPCP joined the walkers on the middle weekend and at Werribee at the conclusion of the walk

Dropping in to RCH on the way back to Werribee the walkers were delighted to view the new wheelchairs purchased from fundraising efforts.

Recent acquisitions to VPPCP equipment pool include 7 new lightweight Karma wheelchairs – designed for comfort, easy manouverability, ease of acess into vehilces and homes and with adaptability options including elevated leg rests and head rests.

Other items purchased include frequently requested bathing aids and pressure care overlays.

Demand for specialised equipment at VPPCP remains high and its exciting to see many items able to be readily distributed to the children and families in need.

VPPCP is indebted to the generosity of the Werribee Rotary Club and the support of Victorians. In excess of $50,000 was raised during the 2013 walk.

Rotary club cheque

Launch of New Palliative Care DVD

VPPCP recently launched a new DVD in partnership with RCH Foundation and the Rotary Club of Werribee. We hope this DVD will help increase community’s awareness of palliative care.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the families and RCH Educational Resource Centre for making this possible.

DVD is available for viewing on Home Page Website

Specialised Certificate in Paediatric Palliative Care – 2012

In partnership with Centre for Palliative Care we are very excited to offer for all health professionals (medical, nursing & allied health) a postgraduate training course through the University of Melbourne.
Modules will include;
• Evidence Based Palliative Care
• Illnesses encountered in Paediatric Palliative Care
• Symptom Management in Paediatric Palliative Care
• Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects
• Ethics
Please note that there is the opportunity to complete some of the components of the accredited course as non-accredited short courses.(one off study days)
Please see brochure links below for further details.

Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care  

Short Courses in Palliative Care