Victorian Aboriginal Palliative Care program
The Victorian Aboriginal Palliative Care program (VAPCP) aims to create a sustainable and culturally safe palliative care service system to enable Aboriginal people across Victoria to access palliative care services in the setting of their choice.
The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) VAPCP project officer provides state-wide support and advice to palliative care and Aboriginal health services around Aboriginal palliative care.
The VAPCP provides education and training, develops culturally appropriate resources, collects research and data, and contributes to the national Aboriginal palliative care discussion. The VAPCP supports the eight palliative care consortia and local Aboriginal health services to develop regionally based Aboriginal palliative care plans and partnerships.
The long term outcomes of the VAPCP are to:
- increase Aboriginal health workers’ awareness of palliative care
- increase the cultural appropriateness of palliative care service delivery
- increase the number of Aboriginal clients accessing palliative care services.
For further information on the VAPCP please contact:
Ellen Sheridan, senior project officer, Palliative Care, Department of Health
Phone: (03) 9096 5296
Cherie Waight, Team Leader, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Phone: (03) 9419 3350