Two online PEPA workshops for General Practitioners – 23 July 2022

PEPA have two workshops to advertise in your regions. Eventbrite is open for registrations.

Name of workshop: Palliative Care in General Practice

Day and date of workshop: Saturday 23rd July, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Venue: Online

Register at this link: click here

This workshop is for General Practitioners based in Victoria (Australia) who care for people with a life-limiting illness. Practice Nurses are also welcome to attend.

Topics

• Recognising patients who need palliative care

• Communicating about end of life issues

• Voluntary assisted dying in Victoria

• Assessing and managing common symptoms

• Advance care planning

Facilitators:

Dr Rowan Hearn – Clinical Director Palliative Medicine, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

Dr Rupert Strasser is a palliative care specialist and geriatrician, with Calvary Health Care Bethlehem. He is passionate about providing excellent clinical care for all. Rupert’s clinical interest includes palliative care for neurodegenerative disease.

PEPA is an accredited educator with RACGP (workshops are eligible for category 2 CPD points)

Date: Saturday 23rd July 2022

Time: 10am – 12pm

Online – a WebEx link and guidelines to access will be provided prior to the workshop date.

Workshop Pre-requisite:

To maximise learning PEPA offers 6 online GP learning modules. These modules have been developed by palliative care experts and reviewed by clinicians with extensive palliative care experience. They can be accessed by setting up an account at the PEPA Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative: https://palliativecareeducation.com.au/

PEPA is an accredited educator with RACGP. Workshops are eligible for Category 2 CPD points

Inquiries:

PEPA Administration – E: pepa@svha.org.au

Margarita Makoutonina, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

M: 0425 774 195

E: Margarita.Makoutonina@calvarycare.org.au

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I think therefore I am? – Poem of Power

Photo by Mark Duffel on Unsplash

Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” has helped me through many difficult situations over the years, especially the first two lines of it:

“If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,“ 

I need to be the calm one, the calming influence within chaotic situations.

I have to be prepared to arrive and take command of the situation. To try to slow things down and soothe any suffering that may be occurring.

Treating everyone in a polite and friendly manner no matter how extreme their situations may be.

Keeping a cool and focused head, when everyone else is flailing away. To be a calmness hotspot, broadcasting it around myself.

They can blame me for shortening the visit times, “the doctor said my visitors could only stay for 15 minutes as he wanted me to rest more.”

I am a product of my training; medical, physical, mindfulness, including daily suffering doses from cold water exposure, fasting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and much more.

Maintaining my own sense of humour whilst being able to coax out laughter from the most unwell people in the world.

I studied in order to be able to find myself a job. I started working, found my calling and I now am a passionate member of a cause.

I continue to learn each day and am privileged to be able to learn from the patients and families that I deal with.

What does the future hold?

Opportunities.

Advance care planning week – webinar for consumers

Come along to talk to Dr Sonia and consumer Holli about advance care planning during Advance Care Planning week 2022. 11:00 24th March online

My digital afterlife

Our lives are increasingly digitised. I remember when my grandparents died, we went through their paper phone contact book to find out who we had to call. Now, with everything from banking to social media taking place online, things have changed.

How can we prepare for our #digitaldeath, after our bodies have died? What will your #digitalafterlife look like? #EOLC #pallanz

Here is a link to an animated video https://youtu.be/9UOe7otnRDw

Sonia

I think therefore I am? – Clarification

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The following are my own personal professional views and do not represent those of my employer or of Palliverse in general.

I’m not interested in debating the pros and cons of assisted dying, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. In Nov 2020, 82% of eligible voters voted in the referendum, 65% of the voters supported the End Of Life Choice Act 2019. Aotearoa/NZ clearly stated it’s opinion last year, and in two days’ time it will become law.

I do not want my patients to be caught in the middle of two warring ideologies.

I am not here to argue, I am here to listen to my patient, I am here to learn from them. They are the expert when it comes to what they are going through and their suffering is defined by them, not by me.

I think that we in Hospice/Palliative Care need to build a bridge and get over ourselves. Our focus should be on our patients, not on ourselves.

Please treat patients with respect, they weren’t born yesterday, but they might die tomorrow.

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Bedside Lessons – 1. The Magyar

Photo by Chandler Cruttenden on Unsplash

When we met, I had just started my second year of specialist training in Palliative Medicine. I was keen to use my new-found skills and knowledge in the hospice inpatient setting. When I assessed him I was sure that I could successfully treat his pain and that I could decrease his suffering. Management plans swirled in my head and I started to offer him strong analgesics in order to cover his severe pain. I talked to him in an excited manner about Morphine, Oxycodone, Methadone, Gabapentin, Nortriptyline, Fentanyl. He was not interested and would only take Paracetamol. Hmm, maybe we’ll try again tomorrow.

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Dying2learn? Conversations with the Australian community around death and dying. Wed 31 March 16:00 AEST

The team at Palliative Nexus is presenting a webinar about death and dying which will be of interest to the #pallanz community. It’s on a laptop near you on Wednesday the 31st of March at 16:00 AEST

Professor Jennifer Tieman will outline her work on the Dying2Learn MOOC (Massive Online Open Course). It won an Innovation in Palliative Care award in 2017.

Prof Tiemen is the Palliative and Supportive Services and Matthew Flinders Fellow, College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University.

She will discuss the research arising from this excellent MOOC including community perspectives on death and dying.

Please register here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/5mpi

Accessible video about NFR (not for resuscitation) orders for patients and families

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Dr Barbara Hayes and Prof Joe Ibrahim have combined forces to make this elegant simple Youtube resource to explain not for resuscitation orders, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and advance care planning for patients and families.

It works through the differing perspectives of medical teams and patients and their families to explain why sometimes CPR can do more harm than good.

Happy #advancecareplanning week!

Sonia

#advancecareplanning seminar in Melbourne 9 August

Featuring not one but two Palliverse tweeps, @csinclair28 and @sonialf, this seminar at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in central Melbourne, Australia will be of interest to the healthcare sector including aged care and acute care.

Well-coordinated and appropriate person-centred care is a key priority. It’s becoming increasingly important for the healthcare sector to better understand advance care planning, which supports an individual’s values, goals and preferences.

Presented by Advance Care Planning Australiathe Department of Health and Human Servicesthe Office of the Public Advocate and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, this Melbourne-based Victorian seminar will be run by recognised leaders in the field of advance care planning in Australia. To find out more about the program, see the agenda here.

The topics covered include advance care planning across sectors, legal considerations and local initiatives. The event is recommended for professionals leading and implementing advance care planning in health services, residential aged care and primary care.

Venue: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – Lecture Theatre B, 305 Grattan Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.

Date: Friday, 9 August 2019, 9:00am – 4:30pm. Registration and refreshments start at 8:00am.

Program: see the agenda here.

Cost: $100 (including GST).

Catering: Included in the ticket price.

Registration

Register on Eventbrite here.

Registration closes Friday 26 July 2019 at 9pm AEST.

 

Immunotherapy Symptoms Clinical Trials: a new paradigm Melbourne Wed 12th June

Would you like to learn more about immunotherapy use and trials in cancer and in palliative care?

Immunotherapy Symptoms Clinical Trials: a new paradigm forum

Palliative, supportive and cancer care professionals are invited to attend the VCCC and CST co-hosted Immunotherapy Symptoms Clinical Trials: a new paradigm forum to progress clinical trials concepts in this evolving oncology field, recognise achievements, celebrate success and make connections for future directions. 

Palliative care progress and achievements

The VCCC Building Trial Group Capability Program initial investment is focused on developing the palliative care group as a key priority area. The group’s development and activities have been underway for more than 12 months; it is timely to celebrate progress and achievements.

Here is a program for the day

Registrations are now open for the palliative care sessions in the afternoon. Please note you will need to register for morning and afternoon sessions separately.