Coinciding with national Palliative Care Week 2016 (22-28 May), community care workers are being encouraged to participate in free online training to support their practice in end of life care.

The Palliative Online Portal, which is an education project funded by the Department of Health, offers six modules of self-paced learning based on guidelines for a palliative approach for aged care in community settings.

The training modules have been developed jointly between the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, Silver Chain Traning, e3Learning and the DeathTalker, Molly Carlile.

The modules cover areas such as building the screening and assessment skills of staff, developing confidence in having end of life conversations, especially around advance care planning, and improving skills in identifying a deteriorating client and approaches to pain management.

The modules are accredited and will enable health professionals to accrue continuing professional development points.

For more information or the participate in the online modules visit the portal.

Death over Dinner movement

Elsewhere, service providers are being encouraging to host a dinner party event with clients, families and local communities to spark a meaningful conversation about end of life care wishes as part of the ‘Death Over Dinner’ initiative.

The concept originated in the US with founder Michael Hebb and has been launched in Australia via The interactive website gives individuals and groups tools and helpful resources to host their own event and start a conversation about end of life care preferences.

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