Education and Training

The majority of health professionals and professional caregivers, regardless of specialty, discipline or setting will care for people approaching the end of their lives at some point in their career. Knowledge regarding evidence based, appropriate and effective care at the end of life is crucial for all health professionals and professional caregivers. This page provides information and links to various education and training opportunities for the health professionals of West Moreton.

West Moreton Regional Care at the End of Life Knowledge Framework:

In August 2019 the West Moreton Care at the End of Life Collaborative launched the Knowledge Framework. This Framework was developed in consultation with West Moreton Health Professionals from various settings and disciplines.

The purpose of The Framework is to offer a baseline for knowledge and understanding for health professionals and professional caregivers providing care at the end of life in the West Moreton region.

The intent of The Framework is to provide a guide for individuals and organisations in the West Moreton region regarding what they need to know as ‘core business’ in their specific role to provide care at the end of life to people in the West Moreton community. The Framework is:

  • Specific to West Moreton.
  • A resource of accessible Australian education programs that may help those caring for people at the end of life to achieve the minimum knowledge identified.

The Knowledge Framework identifies the knowledge needs by professional groups. Key knowledge domains (regarding care at the end of life) are identified as most important, more important and important for each professional group. The Knowledge framework provides links through to online education modules and other resources to achieve the knowledge domains identified.

The Framework is not intended for specialist palliative care clinicians

Specialist palliative care doctors, nurses and allied health professionals are required to have an advanced level of knowledge regarding palliative care; and complete specialist training or postgraduate study in the field of palliative care.

The Framework can be used in the following ways:

  • As an individual reference guide of baseline knowledge for health professionals and professional caregivers providing care at the end of life.
  • As a Framework for organisations to develop an education program / strategy regarding care at the end of life
Education and Training Resources

There are many training and development resources available for health professionals and are easily accessible online. The information on this page directs you to some of the resources available.

Centre for Palliative Care Research & Education (CPCRE):

CPCRE was established by Queensland Health in 2001 to enhance palliative care services in Queensland through education and research. It is funded by Queensland Health and is hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health. CPCRE hosts an annual conference in Brisbane and distributes a training calendar twice each year. CPCRE also has a subcutaneous infusion management learning module available on their website.

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA):

PEPA is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. PEPA provides free placements with palliative care services, workshops and other resources that support learning and development in the workplace. PEPA aims to enhance the capacity of health professionals to deliver a palliative care approach.

Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ) Education Breakfasts

PCQ is an independent not-for-profit peak body representing palliative care providers, consumers and their families and those with an interest in palliative care in Queensland. PCQ holds four online education breakfasts (via webinar) each year in collaboration with CPCRE. These events are free to PCQ members or $15 to non-members.

Caresearch Palliative Care Knowledge Network:

Caresearch is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Caresearch is a website which aims to provide online access to evidence on palliative care for all Australians. Caresearch provides links to publication searches, online training opportunities and other useful training resources.

End of Life Essentials

This website provides online learning opportunities and practice resources for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to improve the quality and safety of end-of-life care in hospitals. End-of-life Essentials education is based on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care. The education is free to use, evidence based and has been peer reviewed by doctors, nurses and allied health professionals around Australia.

Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U):

PCC4U is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. PCC4U promotes the inclusion of palliative care education as an integral part of all medical, nursing, and allied health undergraduate and entry to practice training, and ongoing professional development. It is accessible to all and includes free training modules. Whilst it is primarily designed for undergraduates, it is an excellent resource for health professionals who do not work in a specifically palliative care setting.

GP Resources

General Practitioners are the front line of support for people approaching the end of life. The information on this page directs you to some of the specific resources for GPs.

Health Pathways

West Moreton Health Pathways have been developed through a partnership between West Moreton Health and the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network. Health Pathways is a web-based information portal supporting primary care clinicians to plan patient care. There are several pathways for care at the end of life in the West Moreton Health Pathways Portal.

Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative Care

The Palliative Care Therapeutic Guidelines provide evidence-based guidelines the management of symptoms in palliative care patients. The guidelines can be purchased in hard copy (book) or you can choose to purchase a digital subscription.

palliAGEDgp App

The PalliAGEDgp smartphone app supports GPs who are caring for older palliative patients living at home or in residential care. As most deaths are expected, death can be planned for and the required care delivered in a pre-emptive fashion.

The app makes use of a framework of care which starts with a GP considering if they would be surprised if this patient died in the next 6 to 12 months. The key clinical processes resulting from their assessment are – advance care plan, case conference, or terminal care management plan. The app provides information and resources to support each of these and includes prescribing support for common symptoms experienced in the terminal phase. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Play Store for Android.

Resources for Aged Care

Caring for people approaching the end of life is core business for all health professionals working in aged care, regardless of the setting. The following links will lead you to key, trustworthy resources to support your work in aged care.

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC)

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) provides information, guidance and resources to health professionals and aged care workers to support palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians. The website includes:

  • Toolkits for different settings of care
  • End of life law information
  • Clinical tools
  • Factsheets
palliAGEDnurse App

This app helps nurses working in residential aged care, community care and general practice to care for older people with palliative care needs. The app highlights a care framework built around three care processes – advance care planning, palliative care cases conferences and a care plan for the dying person. Nurses can navigate quickly to the three care processes. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Play Store for Android.

Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is the process through which people make decisions about their future care in the event of them losing their decision-making capacity. It is done in consultation with clinicians, family members and significant others.

It primarily involves having discussions about future care choices and wishes. Health professionals can help a person make informed decisions for their future care.

In Queensland, end of life decision making is governed by the following legislation:

  • Powers of Attorney Act 1998 (Qld)
  • Guardianship and Administration Act 2000

The following resources will help you to learn more about Advance Care planning and end of life law in Queensland.

My Care My Choices

This website is primarily for the general community. However, it has lots of very useful information for health professionals, as well as links to Advance Care Planning documents.

End of Life Law for Clinicians

This website provides information and training in end of life law or clinicians. It is part of the Australian Centre for Health Law based at Queensland University of Technology.

Advance Care Planning Australia Learning

Advance Care Planning Australia provides online courses and face-to-face workshops nationally, specifically designed to support aged care workers, health professionals and the general public learn more about advance care planning.

Did you know?

West Moreton Health has a dedicated team of Advance Care Planning nurses? This team can talk to you about advance care planning. You can contact the Advance Care Planning via the Ipswich Hospital switchboard