Ongoing Education

Tools and Resources for professionals

Short cuts - Accessing the palliative care literature

PubMed searches
Palliative care literature - general practice
Pre-written topic searches in PubMed using a palliative care filter. These searches locate palliative care information in the general practice context.
Palliative care literature - Primary Health Care
Pre-written topic searches that locate palliative care information in a primary health care context, (primary health care as point of entry to the health system and with a public health, patient-centred focus).

Further Training - Opportunities for general practitioners

RACP Chapter of Palliative Medicine
Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine
A six month a clinical training program involving an attachment with a palliative care service.
Advanced training
General practitioners (GPs) who wish to consider specialty training in palliative medicine may do so through the RACP Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine. Those with specialist recognition from the RACGP (or another college) can apply for entry to the advanced training program.
(See Also Formal Qualifications, Short Courses and Workshops and eLearning [CareSearch])

Clinical experience - Short workforce placements

PEPA (Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach) 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 or refresh their skills in working with people with palliative care needs.

  • Workforce placements of up to five days in specialist palliative care services and tailored workshops in the palliative approach are supported.
  • 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.

From: Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

Professional association - Australian New Zealand Society for Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM)

ANZSPM provides regular access to training, networking, and discussions of policy issues relevant to palliative care. The society is open to any general practitioners with an interest in palliative medicine.


Online resources - Some of the key social media resources with palliative care content

Using social media allows clinicians to participate in national and international conversations about palliative care and related topics. These links give some insight into the debates and discussions that are driving the field of palliative medicine.

Last updated 13 March 2019