This section contains information about both professional development programs (below) and self-care strategies for GPs who are involved in providing palliative care. Also, try the Shortcuts to the literature for GPs links to access prewritten literature searches for GPs on palliative care topics, and to quickly locate the primary care literature relevant to palliative care.
General practitioners (GPs) who wish to consider specialty training in palliative medicine may do so through the Royal Australian College of Physicians' Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine. Those with specialist recognition from the RACGP or another college can apply for entry to the training program.
A six month Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine, involving a clinical attachment with a palliative care service, is also available through the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine.
The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) provides an opportunity for medical, health, aged and community care professionals (including GPs and GP registrars) working in primary care or non-specialist palliative care settings to improve confidence and develop skills in working with people with palliative care needs. PEPA offers workforce placements of up to five days in specialist palliative care services and tailored workshops in the palliative approach. There is no fee for placements. Participation meets continuing professional development requirements for AHPRA. Participation in placements also attracts CPD points from RACGP, ACRRM and RACP. The program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Other options for continuing education in palliative care include:
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Last updated 01 February 2013