10h 30m CPDSeminar

Palliative Care - CPD for All Nurses Seminar

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


24 - 25 Oct 2019
Mercure Hotel Brisbane
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane QLD4000

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Why Attend

Are you confused about which practices that you see in your workplace 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. It 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 what it’s not
  • How to have that sensitive conversation
  • Finding 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, and Current Knowledge

Connection and relationships are everything in palliative care, so we begin our journey by making connections. We will introduce ourselves and where we have come from. This will include a discussion on what our learning goals are.


“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. It includes:

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

10:30am - Morning Tea


Principles of Palliative Care Film

We will explore real-life stories of how modern palliative care is delivered and how it supports individuals and families for the full duration of a life-limiting illness.


Communication Skills

This highly interactive, illustrated session will assist you to use correct language when discussing palliative care with patients and their relatives. It 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 advocating for a patient and discusses:

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

1:00pm - Lunch and Networking


Overview of Advance Care Planning

  • 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

3:30pm - Afternoon Tea


Care of the Terminally Ill

This session will provide a brief overview of the personal care needs, as well as communication with family for someone who is in the terminal phase of their disease.

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 from 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. It 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


End-of-Life Care Plans

The Clinical Excellence Commission in New South Wales has developed a toolkit for care of the dying person. This session will explore the toolkit and considerations for implementation in your organisation.


Implementation Discussion


Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting can be debilitating symptoms that have a considerable effect on quality of life. We will explore assessment and treatment options in relation to nausea and vomiting.

12:30pm - Lunch and Networking


Delirium and Terminal Agitation

How to assess and manage cognitive changes for individuals with a life-limiting illness, including considerations towards the end-of-life.


Dyspnoea – Respiratory Secretions

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

3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


Wrap Up – Self-Care

Looking after others is why many of us signed up to work in health care. Looking after yourself is often a more complex task!

4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations

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Steven Pitman

Steven Pitman is a Nurse Practitioner candidate with East Hume Region Palliative Care, employed by Albury Wodonga Health. Steven has completed a Masters of Palliative Care through Flinders University and is working towards accreditation as a Nurse Practitioner. Steven has had over 15 years experience working in palliative care and has worked for over 10 years as a clinical nurse consultant in palliative care.

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