There are a number of ways you can become more knowledgeable about providing culturally responsive palliative care.
offers workshops and placements to health professionals who are interested in learning about the palliative approach. This includes tailored PEPA workshops on the palliative approach to care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare providers and communities,
and a workshop for all health professionals on Culture-Centred Care
of people with life-limiting illness from an Indigenous Australian perspective. The workshops are free of charge. PEPA also provides an opportunity for primary health care providers to develop knowledge and skills in the palliative approach by undertaking a supervised clinical placement
for up to five days within a palliative care specialist service.
Options for further learning are detailed below.
Education and Training
- PEPA and Reverse-PEPA placements
In addition to free PEPA workshops on the Palliative approach to care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare providers and communities, and Culture-Centred Care Workshops, PEPA offers free supervised clinical placements to health care providers who are interested in learning about the palliative approach. These placements occur within a palliative care specialist service, and last for up to five days. These placements offer experiential learning and may include visits to an aged care facility, inpatient palliative care facility, community practice, renal or oncology unit. PEPA also offers Reverse-PEPA placements, which entail a specialist palliative care staff member travelling to the health provider's place of employment to facilitate learning. Reverse PEPA placements may be especially useful in rural settings. There are no fees for PEPA clinical placements or reverse-PEPA placements. The value of PEPA placements for Indigenous health practitioners has been demonstrated in a recent journal article.
- CareSearch Education Section, with Whole of Workforce framework and listings of short courses and workshops, and web-based learning.
- Short courses/Workshops, eg,
- Web-based online learning, eg,
- Australasian College of Emergency Medicine's Indigenous Health and Cultural Competency program consists of a series of culturally relevant online education tools and resources designed for doctors and other healthcare workers to enhance culturally competent communication and overall care for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other culturally and linguistically diverse patients.
- Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) have an online Cultural safety learning module to help further develop cultural safety knowledge and provide the opportunity to reflect on your practice.
Policy and Position Statements
- Systems level change:
- Community-controlled organisations:
- Checklists and Self-assessment of cultural responsiveness:
- Ensuring good communication and relationships:
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Last updated 03 August 2018