Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL), in partnership with Palliative Care South Australia (PCSA) has secured funding from the Federal Department of Health to co-develop a suite of tailored education and training materials to support cultural safety within palliative care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Education and training materials for the Gwandalan Project aim to support relationships between service providers, frontline staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities through cross-cultural education and the sharing of knowledge. This will be achieved through the provision of education and training to support increased capacity in those who care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during their palliative and end-of-life care journey.
A key feature of the Gwandalan Project is the train-the-trainer component, through which learners will develop coaching skills, supporting the sharing of knowledge with peers and community. The Gwandalan project does not address clinical palliative care content, but rather supports the culturally safe and responsive provision of palliative care, by upskilling frontline staff to contextualise clinical care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and deliver services in a way which supports a good ‘finishing up’.
Topics covered include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Palliative Care and Cultural Practice, Safe Communication, Supporting Choices at the End-of-Life, Strengthening Partnerships (including Care Coordination), and Community Engagement.
Project governance will be guided by a diverse and multidisciplinary Advisory Committee chaired by Professor Gregory Crawford, chair of Palliative Care South Australia and palliative medicine physician.
The Committee also includes the following members:
This multi-modal education and training suite will develop and deliver the following activities:
The target audience for the Gwandalan project will include:
Access to all education and training materials is free of charge.
Project Manager: Melanie Wentzel
Indigenous Project Coordinator: Eliza Munro
Telephone: 1300 362 111
The Gwandalan Project is funded by the Australian Government under the Public Health and Chronic Disease Care Grant, National Palliative Care Projects 2020-2023.
Last Updated 05 July 2021