AGPAL National Palliative Care Project, in partnership with Palliative Care South Australia

A tailored education and training suite to support palliative care service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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The aim of the AGPAL National Palliative Care Project is to strengthen the relationships between frontline staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to increase both access to and the quality of palliative care service delivery, ensuring it is culturally safe, and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

This will be achieved through the provision of a blended education and training suite to increase capacity in frontline staff both non-Indigenous, and also Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, who often serve as both care providers, and also advocates within mainstream health settings.

This project does not address clinical palliative care content, but rather five key cultural and communication curricula to develop capacity in frontline staff to contextualise clinical care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, their carers and families. A key feature of this project is the train-the-trainer component, through which learners will develop coaching skills, supporting the sharing of knowledge with peers, community members and those on the palliative care journey.

Topics covered include Cultural Practices, Safe Communication, Supporting Choices at End-of-Life, Strengthening Partnerships (including Care Coordination), and Community Engagement.

Who is involved?

This project is funded by the Australian Government as part of the National Palliative Care Projects and is being conducted under the auspices of a consortium led by Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) in partnership with Palliative Care South Australia.

Project governance will be guided by a diverse and multidisciplinary Advisory Committee chaired by Professor Gregory Crawford, chair of Palliative Care South Australia and a palliative medicine physician. The Committee also includes the following members:

  • Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates (Project Director), Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Karl Briscoe (CEO), National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP)
  • Professor Geoff Mitchell, University of Queensland (UQ)
  • Donald Whaleboat (Senior Lecturer), James Cook University (Torres Strait Islander representative)
  • Sharon Johnson (OOHC Health Navigator & Policy Research Officer), Sunraysia Community Health Services (Aboriginal Health Practitioner representative)
  • Larissa Karpish (Senior Policy Officer), Palliative Care Australia
  • Dr Tina Janamian (General Manager – Education and Innovation; Project Director), AGPAL
  • Eliza Munro (Indigenous Project Coordinator), AGPAL.

In addition to the Advisory Committee, there are two Working Groups including a Content Development Working Group and a Review Working Group – both with relevant subject matter expertise. Bringing together key stakeholders and end-users, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, through regular ongoing interactions and processes using value co-creation and user-centred design methodologies, the training material and resources will be co-created,
ensuring education and training resources are culturally safe, responsive and fit-for-purpose.

What are we doing?

This multi-modal education and training suite will develop and deliver the following activities:

  • A suite of engaging eLearning modules covering key topics such as cultural practices, safe communication, supporting choices at end -of-life, strengthening partnerships and community engagement
  • Face-to-face workshops delivered nationally, including a balance of metropolitan and regional areas
  • A series of interactive coaching webinars to consolidate learnings and promote community engagement
  • Workbooks, resources and toolkits to complement the face-to-face and online learnings
  • Development and facilitation of Communities of Practice
  • Establishment and maintenance of an eLearning platform to host the suite of resources.

Who is it for?

The target audience for this project will include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (including students)
  • Any other frontline staff who may provide palliative care services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The AGPAL team include:

Project Director: Dr Tina Janamian

Project Manager: Melanie Wentzel

Indigenous Project Coordinator: Eliza Munro

Project Coordinator: Natasha Ventura

For more information please contact


Telephone: 1300 362 111


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