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This section will keep you up to date with news and events in the palliative care community. Please note that links below were current at time of posting, however links may become obsolete as websites update content.

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Feedback on NHMRC Evidence Briefs

The NHMRC is undertaking a new program of work to summarise systematic reviews published on The Cochrane Library for the Australian public. Public consultation is currently open on two new evidence briefs. Both consultations close on 13 April 2015:

Deaths Data

This web update presents the latest data on deaths, causes of death and life expectancy in Australia. There were 147,678 deaths registered in Australia in 2013. 

Research Masters or PhD Scholarship

The PCRNV will be offering a Masters or PhD scholarship in 2015 for Victorian students that are able to conduct high quality research into palliative care leading to immediate patient benefit.

Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Sydney has two scholarship opportunities for nurses working in and/or pursuing research in aged care, palliative care, community care, mental health, primary health care and any other similar areas.

Use of aged care services before death

This AIHW bulletin looks at the use of aged care services in the 8 years before death for those who died in 2010-11 aged at least 65. Overall, 80% of these people had used aged care in the 8 years before death, and three-fifths were aged care clients when they died.

NHMRC statement and advice on homeopathy

The NHMRC statement concludes that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions.

New Ceo for NHMRC

Professor Anne Kelso AO will take on the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) when Professor Warwick Anderson AO steps down in March .

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Cancer Framework. Cancer Australia wants to hear from all people who have a role in cancer control, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, GPs, nurses, specialists, allied health practitioners and people who work in screening, prevention and palliative care. The online survey can be accessed from 24 February 2015 and will remain open until the 27 March 2015. To complete the survey, please click here

Public consultation on elements of the Project Grants scheme

Public feedback on two aspects of project grants assessment (Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) and Applicant Response steps; and  duration of Project Grants funding) is being sought by the NHMRC. Comments must be received by  Friday, 27 March 2015, 03:00pm (AEDST)

Collaborative Improvement Project: Support for carers

NSAP worked with 35 specialist palliative care services from across Australia in 2013-2014 looking at how to improve the assessment, planning and delivery of support to meet the needs of carers of palliative care patients using a collaborative improvement methodology. The Evaluation Report of the project is now available.

New online training modules

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, in partnership with Silver Chain Training, has received funding to build two additional online training modules to further support best practice palliative care services for older people. The project team is seeking input via a short survey about the kinds of online learning modules to meet future palliative care training needs.

NHMRC Ethics Award 2015

The NHMRC Ethics Award recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research.Nominations for the NHMRC Ethics Award close COB Friday 27 March 2015

Research Studies

  • Research Study exploring Mindfulness for Informal Palliative Caregivers (96kb pdf) A PhD candidate is seeking participants for a study on the perceived benefits and key considerations in providing Mindfulness based programs and teaching for informal palliative caregivers.
  • A Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at Griffith University researching clinical decision making and collaborative interprofessional practice is seeking participants for her study.  The aim of this project is to examine medical and health professionals’ clinical reasoning capabilities, and to improve IPT collaboration. For expressions of interest, participant incentives, and further information please email

Feedback on draft guidelines on organ transplantation

The public consultation on the draft Ethical guidelines for organ transplantation from deceased donors   will close on 6 March at 5:00pm AEDT. To make a submission, visit the NHMRC Public Consultations website.

Dementia Research Priorities

NHMRC consultation and survey shows that finding ways to prevent dementia, improving diagnosis and better care are considered top priorities for future dementia research.

National Palliative Care Service Directory

Maintained by Palliative Care Australia, the National Palliative Care Service Directory provides information about specialist palliative care service providers, state or territory palliative care organisations and community support agencies. The directory replaces PCA Connect as a source of palliative care service information.

Global status report on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) 2014

This World Health Organization report looks at the prevention and control of NCDs. The report provides data on the current situation, identifying bottlenecks as well as opportunities and priority actions for attaining targets.

Successful Linkage grants: Decision Assist

The successful Linkage grants for the Decision Assist Program have been announced. They  will develop communication pathways and tools that support improved coordination and quality of end-of-life care between palliative care services and services in receipt of Commonwealth home care or residential aged care funding. Successful recipients are listed by state:

Optimal Care Pathways

Cancer Council Victoria is seeking feedback on two care pathways over the period to 11th February, 2015. Input from medical colleges, peak organisations and other interested groups/individuals is being sought. This public consultation round relates to:
  • Optimal cancer care for people with ovarian cancer
  • Optimal cancer care for people with high grade glioma.

NSAP Update

NSAP is moving into an online environment continuing the self-assessment of palliative care standards at a new website. Check out the new site at 

CareSearch develops Decision Assist resources

A set of resources has been developed by the CareSearch team to support the Decision Assist Program. They include:

Last updated 22 March 2015