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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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Draft Information Paper on homeopathy
The purpose of public consultation is to ensure that that the relevant evidence has been identified and appropriately considered in the development of the draft Paper. NHMRC is also seeking feedback about whether the draft Paper is presented in a manner that can be understood by the Australian community. Feedback closes on 26 May 2014.

PCC4U Seminar Series Building our workforce: a palliative care curriculum for the future
The PCC4U project team invites people with an interest in palliative care education to participate in a seminar to explore directions and strategies to prepare health professionals capable of providing quality palliative care. 

Death, Dying, Grieving and Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness – A Cultural Perspective
The Australian Multicultural Foundation is hosting this one day national conference on Thursday 19 June in the State Library of Victoria.

Advance care planning; have the conversation
This Victorian Department of Health strategy for  2014-2018 provides direction to Victorian health services to develop, review and activate advance care plans across and beyond their organisations.

ANZSPM Position Statement on Quality End of Life Care
The Australian and New Zealand Society for Palliative Medicine has developed a position statement on Quality End-of-Life Care.This position statement is the first in a series of two documents, designed to guide and encourage clinicians, health planners and agencies that set and monitor standards for safety and quality pertaining to the provision of Quality End-of-Life Care (EoL Care) for patients, families, loved ones and carers. These statements will help guide clinicians who are managing issues associated with their patients’ last 6-12 months of life.

End of life care at home
District Nurses will deliver 2,000 community-based packages of palliative care through Hospice @ Home in Tasmania. The programme is the first of its type to deliver comprehensive round the clock home-based palliative care across an entire state.

Victorian Aboriginal Palliative Care Collaborative – Project Grants
 The Victorian Aboriginal Palliative Care Collaborative (VAPCC) is funded by the Department of Health, Palliative Care Division.  It is calling for applications now from interested parties for a range of small to medium project grants for Victoria.Funding is available for a range of small to medium project grants in Victoria.  Project applications of $25,000 to $100,000 (maximum) will be considered. Projects are up to 12 months duration and must finish by 30 June 2015.  Applications close on 30 April 2014  For more details and application from the Centre for Palliative Care website:

Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention
Applications for this part time course designed to provide current and appropriate training and education in applied competencies and theoretical frameworks deemed essential for the provision of effective bereavement counselling are now open.  Applications for the July 2014 intake close 5pm, Friday, 30th May 2014.

2nd Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquium 
Applications are now open for the 2nd Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquium and the PCRNV Early Career Researcher Breakfast Forum: Building a career in research.  The events will be held on Thursday, 7th and Friday, 8th August 2014  in Melbourne.

Investigating the symptoms of lung cancer - a Qstream course for GPs
A free online course for health professionals that covers the investigation and diagnosis of lung cancer signs and symptoms, the other covers breast cancer primary care across the cancer continuum. The course has been developed by Cancer Australia with a multidisciplinary group of cancer experts and is accredited by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Consultation on the Draft Statement on End-of-Life Care in Acute Hospitals
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is seeking feedback on its draft National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care in acute hospitals(the Consensus Statement). Interested parties are invited to provide feedback by 31 March through completing a brief survey or by making a detailed written submission. 2014 Dementia Grants Program
Over $2.6 million worth of grants will be made availalble through the Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation in two grant rounds during 2014. The first grant round is now open and will close on 4 April.

This website will help people with dementia to plan ahead for your future. It is a practical and comprehensive resource for people across Australia and provides information needed to make decisions and  put them into action

ANZSPM Position Statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine has adopted a position statement on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Measuring Up 2013
This report analyses the publication output of NHMRC health and medical research funding.  The results show that NHMRC-supported research significantly outperformed other comparable Australian research over the five-year study period (2005-2009).

NHMRC Grant Announcement
Outcomes for the following NHMRC grant schemes were released on 18 February 2014: Development Grants, Partnerships for Better Health - Partnership Projects, Program Grants, Postgraduate Scholarships and Targeted Call - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.There are several successful grants relating to decision making.

SA Advance Care Directives DIY Kit
From 1 July 2014 South Australians will be able to use the new Advance Care Directive Form in the kit to write down how they would like others to make decisions for them if there comes a time when they are unable to make these decisions themselves. A draft DIY kit and feedback form is availble for comments.

Review and Evaluation of the National Pain Strategy
Painaustralia is seeking participation in a review and evaluation of progress being made to implement the National Pain Strategy and provide evidence-based care to patients with severe pain conditions.

Cancer Australia’s framework of research priorities
Cancer Australia and its 2014 Funding Partners invite applications for Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Grants to commence in 2015. Applications close 5 March 2014. One of the priority areas is Patient support, Survivorship or End-of-Life care Cancer Control, Survivorship & Outcomes:
  • Patient Care, Survivorship Issues, or End-of-Life Care including Complementary and Alternative Approaches
  • Cost Analyses, Health Care Delivery and Surveillance
  • Behaviour, Education and Communication

Medical Workforce 2012
The supply of employed medical practitioners in Australia increased from 323.2 to 355.6 full-time equivalent practitioners per 100,000 population between 2008 and 2012, which reflected a 16.4% rise in employed practitioner numbers. Women made up 37.9% of practitioners in 2012 compared with 34.9% in 2008.

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme
Scholarship applications to undertake continuing professional education activities and short courses will open 3 March 2014.

2014-15 Pre-Budget Submission
Palliative Care Australia has released a pre budget submission outlining ten areas of palliatiive care needs.

Global Atlas of Palliative Care
The World Health Organization and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance have published publish Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the end of lifeThis resource attempts to quantify the need for and availability of palliative care worldwide.

Free palliative care workshops in Tasmania
People living in Tasmania are invited to register for the first round of face-to-face workshops to be offered across the state, starting with Hobart, Launceston and Burnie in February. The half-day sessions are designed to familiarise participants with the COMPAC guidelines and provide the tools for participants to translate the guidelines into their own settings. Delivery of the workshops will be through two streams: professional and volunteer.

Last updated  23 April 2014