PalliCare Fundamentals:

Palliative Care Tasmania ‘PalliCare Fundamentals’ certificate program aims to provide participants with understanding of the key foundation aspects of palliative care. The program is designed to align and reinforce understanding of the National Palliative Care Standards as well as the Aged Care Quality Standards and the Tasmanian Palliative Care Community Charter to ensure all organisations are meeting best practice. This education program would benefit those entering any aged care or palliative care practice, update skills for practitioners at all levels and consolidate prior learning as a professional development activity.

Unit 1 – Palliative care, delivery, and services in a Tasmanian context

  • Understanding what Palliative care is
  • When is palliative care appropriate?
  • Illness trajectories and dimensions of care
  • Terminal illness –part of palliative care
  • Assessment
  • Communication skills
  • Documents guiding care in Tasmania
  • Who provides palliative care services?
  • Compassionate communities

Unit 2 – Key considerations for end-of-life planning

  • What is advance care planning – Terminology and Definitions
  • Benefits of advance care planning
  • How to have a conversation about end-of-life care wishes.
  • Who starts conversations – your role?
  • Resources to facilitate end of life conversation’s– What Matters Most
  • Considerations for vulnerable populations
  • Tasmanian advance care directive
  • What should you include in an advance care directive?
  • Legalities of advance care planning
  • Implementing into practice

Unit 3 – Symptom management strategies

  • Understanding end of life care in Australia
  • Understanding dying in Australia and who is providing care and support
  • Understanding and recognising what is important at end of life
  • Understanding and recognising the dying process
  • Increasing confidence discussing end of life care and dying?
  • Understanding interventions to manage symptoms
  • Recognising the importance of communication and planning
  • Understanding how to ensure the palliative patient has the choice of place of care and place of death

Unit 4 – Healthy ageing & nutrition in palliative care

  • Understanding the ageing process – signs of ageing – issues
    • Nutrition and other important nutrients
    • Exercise; importance of maintaining muscle mass
    • Lifestyle factors to reduce cognitive decline and dementia
    • Nutrition, exercise, socialization, sleep, environment, mental activity
  • Nutrition in Palliative Care
    • Value of food at End of Life
    • Comfort and nutritional requirements at End of Life
    • Artificial nutrition and hydration
    • Using appropriate language

Unit 5 – Unpacking Grief and Loss

  • Palliative Care and bereavement
  • Bereavement services in Tasmania
  • Understand the grief and bereavement process,
  • Different types of loss people may encounter – Primary and secondary losses
  • Increase awareness of cultural implications and the importance of ritual in grief and bereavement
  • Helping yourself and helping others through grief
  • Positive communication skills to support someone who is grieving
  • Grief, anniversaries and significant events
  • Bereavement practices in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Culture
  • Well-being and resilience in grief

 Unit 6 – Self Care for Carers and Practitioners

  • Understanding compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Why self-care matters
  • What does self-care look like in practice?
  • Developing a self-care plan – tools to assist
  • Strategies for maintaining physical/social and inner (mental and spiritual) well being
  • Resilience and supporting others

The intended outcomes include:

  • Understanding palliative care delivery and services in a Tasmanian context
  • Understanding palliative care is core business in aged care
  • Understanding the key considerations for end-of-life planning – communication
  • Understanding the Tasmanian Advance Care Directive
  • Understanding and recognising decline
  • Understanding considerations for vulnerable populations
  • Understanding the importance of nutrition to maintain well-being and role in palliative care
  • Supporting the community including bereavement care
  • Understanding the resources to support you and your clients
  • Increasing knowledge of importance of Self-Care

The key learning outcomes will provide a broad understanding of palliative care and Tasmanian services.  They will explore the role that community services and aged care have now, what they are currently doing, and then discuss potential roles and the implementation of a more supportive framework to enhance palliative care in the community.

Through learning opportunities, those working directly with the community can play a more pivotal role in supporting dying members as part of the communities of care approach to palliative care. This is done through initiating advance care planning, supporting caregivers, increasing communication with other service providers (GPs, community and palliative care services), understanding bereavement and providing resources on palliative and end of life care.

PALLICARE FUNDAMENTALS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS gives an in-depth look at the key principles of palliative care and includes case studies, resources, comprehensive workbooks and activities.

NOTE – 2023 schedule will be released soon!

  • Time – Each unit has a session time for 2 hours
  • InvestmentPCT Member: $150.00 for the course or $30.00 per individual unit. Includes all resources, comprehensive workbooks, and manuals + GST & Booking Fee.
  • Non-Member: $250.00 for the course or $50.00 per individual unit. Includes all resources, comprehensive workbooks, and manuals + GST & Booking Fee.
  • Delivery Options:
  • Online recording – go at your own pace
    • Registration – NOTE – 2023 schedule will be released soon!
  • PCT deliver to your organisation

Both the health professional and aged care courses provide the learner with:

  • A ‘toolkit’ of practical tips, techniques and ideas
    • Information to meet national standards in palliative care and aged care
    • Preparation for higher-level roles
    • More confidence to deal with challenges

PALLICARE FUNDAMENTALS FOR AGED CARE gives an in-depth look at the key principles of palliative care with a specific focus on aged care and includes case studies, resources, comprehensive workbooks and activities.

NOTE – 2023 schedule will be released soon!

  • Time – Each unit has a session time for 1.5 hours
  • InvestmentPCT Member: $125.00 for the course or $25.00 per individual unit. Includes all resources, comprehensive workbooks, and manuals + GST & Booking Fee.
  • Non-Member: $200.00 for the course or $40.00 per individual unit. Includes all resources, comprehensive workbooks, and manuals + GST & Booking Fee.
  • Delivery Options:
  • Online recording – go at your own pace
    • Registration – NOTE – 2023 schedule will be released soon!
  • PCT deliver to your organisation

Both the health professional and aged care courses provide the learner with:

  • A ‘toolkit’ of practical tips, techniques and ideas
    • Information to meet national standards in palliative care and aged care
    • Preparation for higher-level roles
    • More confidence to deal with challenges

FPC FOR VOLUNTEERS AND CARERS is suitable for those wanting a more general understanding of the broader aspects of palliative care and greater confidence to deal with challenges and to support others.

NOTE – 2023 schedule will be released soon!

*Please note that every topic under the 6 units in drop down box will not be covered in the carers and volunteers program.

  • Time – Each unit has a session time for 1 hours
  • InvestmentPCT Member: $50.00 for the course or $10.00 per individual unit. Includes all resources, comprehensive workbooks, and manuals + GST & Booking Fee.
  • Non-Member: $75.00 for the course or $15.00 per individual unit. Includes all resources, comprehensive workbooks, and manuals + GST & Booking Fee.
  • Delivery Options:
  • Online recording – go at your own pace
    • Registration – NOTE – 2023 schedule will be released soon!
  • PCT deliver to your organisation

If you are unsure of what skills your workforce needs or what you as an individual may be missing refer to the Tasmanian Core Capability Framework. The framework defines the behaviours, skills and knowledge your organisation and people need to succeed at different levels, this includes the skills for volunteers and carers.

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