12 Hours | 15 Mins
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Palliative Care: CPD for All Nurses

Includes: Advance Care Plans; Symptom Management; Holding Difficult Conversations and Much More


Are you confused about practices you see in your workplace which are considered to be palliative care? Do you want to build your confidence or validate your practice in quality palliative care? Attend this seminar and make a difference. Includes:

  • Plenty of discussion
  • Coming to grips with palliative care
  • Tips for good symptom management?
  • Putting pain into perspective
  • Advance Care Planning – what it is and is not
  • How to have that sensitive conversation
  • Where are the resources?
  • Current hot topics

Gain knowledge and apply it to your practice immediately. Book now!

Need for Program

Australia has an ageing population which has resulted in an increase in chronic illnesses. Consequently, greater numbers of people now require palliative care. Specialist palliative services already exist especially for complex care needs. However, due to the increased demand for palliative care services, modern policy direction and national standards indicate that non-specialist palliative care is everyone’s business and should be available to all. This means nurses will be expected to provide a palliative approach to care when needed. It is essential that nurses are provided with the knowledge and skills required to provide good quality palliative care when required.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this program is to provide education to nurses so they can provide a palliative approach to care in any setting.

Your Learning Outcomes

  1. You will be able to provide a palliative approach to care in any setting
  2. You will more confidently manage symptoms and explain them to a person’s family
  3. You will confidently engage in therapeutic communication with patients and relatives at end-of-life
  4. You will know how to plan and conduct a palliative care case conference
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Day One

8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


Introductions, Expectations, Current Knowledge


“Go Wish” Exercise and Discussion


What is meant by “A Palliative Approach to Care”?

This session reviews the concept of a palliative approach to care. In this session you will have an opportunity to clarify what is meant by palliative care and also discuss what it is not. This will enable your nursing care to be well-aligned with palliative care principles when required. Includes:

  • What does palliative care aim to achieve?
  • When do you know that a person requires palliation rather than other types of care?
  • Common disease trajectories
  • Palliative approach toolkit trajectories - the three clinical processes

10:30am - Morning Tea


Kaye’s story/Bette's story


Communication Skills

This highly interactive, illustrated session will assist you to use correct language when discussing palliative care with patients and their relatives. Includes:

  • Overview (30 mins)
  • Role play (30 mins) completing an Advance Care Plan
  • Video clips (20 mins in total)


How to Conduct a Palliative Care Case Conference

Palliative care case conferences are an important aspect of care. This session looks at:

  • What is a palliative care case conference?
  • When should a palliative care case conference be held?
  • Who should attend the case conference?
  • Useful resources freely available to assist you with organising a case conference
  • Advocating for a patient

12:45pm - Lunch and Networking


Overview of Advance Care Planning

This highly interactive, illustrated session will assist you to use correct language when discussing palliative care with patients and their relatives. Includes:

  • Supporting people to die in their place of choice
  • Actively involving all stakeholders in planning future care
  • Advance care planning - how it works on the ground


Advance Care Planning Exercise (templates)

3:15pm - Afternoon Tea


Principles of Palliative Care


Useful Palliative Care Resources:

  • What is the role of Decision Assist?
  • What is the purpose of PEPA (Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach)?
  • How to use CareSearch and what it offers?

Final questions from the day

4:30pm - Close of Day One of Seminar

Day Two

9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


Introduction to Pain Management in Advanced Disease

In Australia today, there are ample medications available to treat pain in palliative care. As many people with advanced disease will suffer some sort of pain, nursing confidence in administering appropriate medicines is essential. This session reviews the underlying principles of pain management in people with life-limiting illnesses. It explains the goals of care and how to interpret them for palliative care patients. Includes:

  • What are the principles underpinning good nursing practice for pain control in palliative care patients?
  • How can you truly assess a subjective “feeling” such as pain?


Pain Assessment Exercise

10:30am - Morning Tea


Working with End-of-Life Care Pathways

This illustrated session focuses on improving the quality of end-of-life care. It will address:

  • What is an end-of-life care pathway?
  • When is it initiated?
  • Who is involved in the decision to implement a care pathway?


Implementation Discussion

12:15pm - Lunch and Networking


Nausea and Vomiting


Agitation and Restlessness at the End-of-Life

This session will open a debate about treating a person at the end of their life who has delirium. Includes:

  • Causes of delirium at end-of-life
  • Management options
  • Implications for the advance care plan

3:30pm - Afternoon Tea


Dyspnoea and Noisy Breathing

There are a range of changes that may occur to a person’s respiratory function as their disease progresses. Respiratory disorders can be very distressing to both the patient and family. This session reviews:

  • Symptom management of dyspnoea
  • Alleviating anxiety
  • Resources available that help explain noisy breathing at end-of-life


Wrap Up, Self-Care



4:45pm - Close of Seminar



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