Aboriginal Palliative care
The Victorian Aboriginal Palliative Care Program is being undertaken by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) in partnership with Palliative Care Victoria.
The project's vision is to create a sustainable and culturally safe palliative care service system where Aboriginal people from all over Victoria can access palliative care services.
The project aims for Aboriginal people to have access to palliative care services in the setting of their preference and for palliative care services to provide culturally safe services to Aboriginal people. It also aims to develop and increase the awareness and access to palliative care services and to develop a long and lasting relationship between palliative care providers and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.
Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach
The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) is designed to improve the skills, confidence and expertise of health practitioners who care for people who are dying and their families. This includes general practitioners, nurses, allied health and Aboriginal health workers.
PEPA has three core components:
- supervised clinical placements build workforce capacity and enhance links between specialist and generalist health care professionals
- workshops provide an introduction to the palliative approach
- post placement support activities provide professional development, networking and education opportunities.
Upcoming PEPA workshopsEight PEPA workshops for health professionals and eight PEPA workshops for disability workers are to be held across Victoria from March until May 2013. Please see the attached flyers for further information.
To register for the health professionals workshop please click on this link.
To register for the disability workers workshop please click on this link.
Rural Medical Purchasing Fund
The five rural palliative care consortia are funded through the Rural Medical Purchasing Fund. The Fund aims to:
- provide rural regions with funding to purchase additional specialist medical palliative care in order to address gaps in access to specialist medical palliative care
- build capacity for rural regions to become self-sufficient in providing specialist medical palliative care.
Victorian Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
The Victorian Government has been supporting the development and implementation of nurse practitioners since 1998. In 2008-09 eleven palliative care services were invited to implement Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (PCNP) models in Victoria. A further six integrated models were funded in 2010, proposing aged and paediatric PCNP models. Candidate Support Packages and scholarships are offered to all appointed candidates and their employing agencies.
In 2008-09 there were three PCNP's endorsed in Victoria. In February 2013 the state of Victoria has eleven endorsed Nurse Practitioners in palliative care and eleven PCNP Candidates appointed throughout metropolitan and rural areas.
The Victorian Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Collaborative provides opportunities for PCNP's and Candidates to share resources and experiences and to provide a forum for future candidates to gain knowledge and interest in the role. The aim of the VPCNPC is to assist with the development, support and mentorship of Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners in Victoria. The collaborative is convened by the Centre for Palliative Care.