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COVID-19 has brought about many challenges to providing education for healthcare professionals. Hence, education providers have had to come up with innovative ways to deliver workshops. In this blog Steph Dickinson and Sharon Wetzig from the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative, Cancer and Palliative Care Outcomes Centre at QUT discusses how the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) adapted to online formats of education and discusses the response to running workshops virtually.
In the eighth blog for our National Palliative Care Project series, Suzanne Cosgrove, National Manager for PEPA, discusses the projects aims to enhance the capacity of health professionals to deliver a palliative approach and how their education activities align with the guiding principles and goals set out within the National Palliative care Strategy.
To continue our celebration of the International Year of Nurses and Midwife, we are featuring blogs on nurses and their critical role in providing palliative care and how they can be supported further. Kylie Ash, National Project Manager for PCC4U and Melissa Slattery, Head of Discipline for Nursing at EQUALS International, discuss the need for a nationally consistent palliative care education for enrolled nurses, and how the PCC4U EN Toolkit and EQUALs Diploma of Nursing can help.
The current COVID-19 pandemic is presenting many urgent challenges in healthcare. However, it is important to remember the continuing needs of current and new patients with other health problems. It is within this context that Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director from Flinders University discusses telehealth and how it can be used in addressing unexpected and novel health problems.
Fundamental care is central to caring for a dying patient. Professor Alison Kitson, Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, discusses the need to develop better ways of delivering fundamental care for patients in palliative care, and the aims of the Fundamentals of Care Research Program at the Caring Futures Institute.