Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference workshops will be held on Tuesday 5 September 2017. Full Day workshops come with morning and afternoon teas, along with lunch. Half Day workshops come with Morning or Afternoon Tea.

Each workshop costs $100.00 per person for Conference attendees

NEW – Non-Conference attendees can purchase a Half-Day Tuesday Registration for $160 or a Full-Day Tuesday Registration for $200 – these are inclusive of the half/full day workshop and the Welcome Reception.

These workshops are optional extras, and are not included in the conference registration. Please ensure you book your seat when you register for the conference. Space is limited for all workshops.


Paediatric Palliative Care
“Courage under fire”

Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Full Day Workshop – 9am – 5pm



It takes knowledge, expertise and no small amount of courage to provide quality palliative care to children and their families. This workshop is designed for health care professionals who wish to explore communication under pressure, practice communication skills, and advance their paediatric palliative care knowledge.

Using actors to role play difficult conversations in scenarios that place the clinician “on the spot” the three hour workshop will provide opportunity to observe, debate and practise communicating scenarios relevant to paediatric palliative care.”

Sara Fleming, Bel Ryan and Julie Duffield,  Paediatric Palliative Care Service, Women’s and Children’s Hospital

ANZSPM Trainee and New Fellow Day

Australia New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM)

Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Full Day Workshop – 9am – 5pm

ANZSPM is holding a one day trainee workshop for current palliative medicine advanced trainees from Australia and New Zealand. It may also appeal to training general practice registrars, general physicians and other registrars with an interest in palliative care. It will cover a range of topics relevant to the RACP Palliative Medicine curriculum with presentations by expert speakers.

The workshop with be facilitated by Dr Emily Cooper and address:

  • Grief and Bereavement – Liese Groot-Alberts
  • Radiology for palliative care trainees – Paul Kleinig
  • Challenging patients and dealing with consumer complaints – Dr Lawrie Palmer & Christine Beal
  • End Stage COPD and palliative care – Prof Jennifer Philip
  • More to come…stay tuned.

Are you ready to care for patients in clinical trials?

Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Half Day
Workshop – 9:00am – 12:30pm ~ CANCELLED ~



Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) in partnership with the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC)

Clinical trials are integral to improving outcomes for palliative patients. By focusing on the consumer perspective this workshop will detail the challenges and values of participating in palliative care clinical trials. As nurses play a key role in identifying, recruiting and supporting palliative care patients and their families throughout the clinical trial process, this workshop will explore: the role of nursing in developing the palliative care evidence base; provide an overview of the clinical trial life cycle; the contribution of the research nurse to the trials process; and the value of research experience to nurse’s professional development.

Prof Jane Phillips, President of Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) and Linda Brown, National Manager, Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC)


Motor neurone disease: advanced symptom management for nurse practitioners and clinical nurse consultants

Palliative Care Nurses Australian (PCNA)

Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Half Day
Workshop – 1:00pm – 5:00pm



This interactive workshop is designed for nurse practitioners and clinical nurse consultants who would like to build their capacity to better managing the complex needs of people living with MND.  This workshop will explore the underlying physiology and biomechanics of respiratory insufficiency, swallowing dysfunction and cognitive decline experienced by many people living with MND. It will provide an overview of the physical, social, financial and ethical considerations and approaches for managing these complex symptoms.

Prof Jane Phillips, President of Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA)
Dr Peter Allcroft, Senior Consultant, Department of Palliative Care, Repatriation General Hospital
Dr Charles Cock, Director Investigations and Procedures Unit, Repatriation General Hospital, Southern Adelaide LHN
Karen Glaetzer, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, Repatriation General Hospital

Efficacy of allied health interventions with palliative care clients

Australian Allied Health in Palliative Care (AAHPC)

Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Half Day 
Workshop – 9:00am – 12:30pm




Allied health now form an integral part of many palliative care teams. They play an important role in optimising function and supporting people at the end-of-life to live to the best of their ability in the place of their choosing. As clinicians we have a responsibility to our patients to provide the best possible care. As researchers we have a responsibility to support clinicians to develop an evidence base that informs clinical interventions.

This workshop will explore ways allied health can evaluate the effectiveness of palliative care clinical interventions. It will identify and critique clinical and research outcome measures in current use and explore ways in which clinicians and researchers can collaborate to develop robust evidence that will inform patient care. Small group discussion will explore issues impacting currently impacting clinical care such as My Aged Care and the NDIS. It will explore strategies and possible solutions to clinical challenges arising in this space and identify shared future directions for a palliative care allied health workforce.

Dr Deidre Morgan, Occupational Therapist – Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University
Pauline Cerdor, Physiotherapist – CareSearch Allied Health Hub, Flinders University
Rebecca Smith, Senior Speech Pathologist – Townsville Hospital
Bronwen Hewitt, Senior Physiotherapist, Cancer Services, Palliative Care Unit– Liverpool Hospital

A practical guide to creating sustainable Compassionate Communities that attend to end of life needs

Compassionate Communities: La Trobe University Palliative Care Unit

Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Half Day
Workshop – 9:00am – 12:30pm
Update: Workshop has been rescheduled for the morning



“Compassionate Communities” is a public health approach to end-of-life care intended to create end-of-life-friendly communities. Like age-friendly communities and other World Health Organization healthy settings approaches, Compassionate Communities uses community development practice (citizen involvement), and targeted engagement with organisational and societal structures to reframe people’s ideas about health and community, and encourage them to develop new contributions to end-of-life care.

Participants in this workshop will be guided step by step through a framework that shows how to successfully implement community development initiatives addressing end-of-life issues. The framework identifies core principles and best practice crucial to producing successful outcomes and avoiding common mistakes. Practice wisdom and resources will be drawn from a range of public health approaches to end-of-life care, illustrating how to partner with external sectors and services, develop place-based approaches and volunteer models, change social norms and influence end-of-life policy in a variety of settings. An overview of the ‘Healthy End of Life Program (HELP): offering, asking for and accepting help’, a research-informed community development initiative aiming to create a collaborative community culture that attends to local end-of-life needs, and the ‘Network-Focused Planning Tool, will also be provided.

The workshop will address the following with participants:
• What makes community development effective in one regions, and not another?
• Why are some funded community development projects not sustainable?
• How do we get started and how do we map the strengths in my community?
• How do we apply an asset-based approach to community development?
• How do we create a compassionate community in one that is disconnected?
• How do we avoid the risk of creating an unsuccessful community initiative?
• What social norms need to be challenged for a community to provide effective end of life care?

Andrea Grindrod, Health Promotion Projects Manager, Palliative Care Unit, School of Psychology & Public Health, La Trobe University

Connecting with the international palliative care community. Do you have what it takes to be a ‘Fellow Traveller’?

Australasian Palliative Link International (APLI)

Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Half Day 
Workshop – 1:00pm – 5:00pm




There is great need for improved palliative care provision in the low resource settings that exist in many of our Asia-Pacific neighbour countries. In much of the region, clinicians often learn only about the side effects and dangers of opioids rather than their safe use, and this contributes to the shameful inequality that approximately 90% of global opioid prescription medicines are used by just 10% of the world’s population. In addition to this, the teaching of sensitive, honest communication skills, either when breaking bad news or when discussing the transition to end-of-life care, is not part of the curriculum for many medical and nursing schools in the developing world.

Australasian Palliative Link International aims to raise awareness of the needs of palliative care services in Asia-Pacific communities through the development and fostering of links, and the exchange of information and ideas, between Australian and New Zealand providers and organisations, and our Asia-Pacific neighbours.

Using the example of APLI’s efforts to help improve the delivery of palliative care in India, this workshop will be facilitated by two experienced mentors, Christine Drummond and Anil Tandon, using case studies to:
― provide participants with some understanding of the experience of volunteering for a week in a nascent palliative care service in a remote part of India
― identify teaching techniques that do and don’t work when working across cultures and languages
― explore the range of emotional responses which can be felt both whilst working in a desperately poor environment and when returning to our affluent country
― identify what opportunities currently exist for attendees if they would like to volunteer as a mentor in future work overseas
― provide additional readings and audiovisual resources for participants to take home with them for their further professional development

Anil Tandon, Chair, Australasian Palliative Link International, Consultant Physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Dr Christine Drummond, Senior Palliative Medicine Consultant, Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service


Practical Skills for Supervisors

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Half Day 
Workshop – 1.30pm – 4.30pm ~ CANCELLED ~

Practical Skills for Supervisors incorporates the overarching themes of developing trainee expertise and using coaching techniques to improve feedback practise. This workshop focuses on delivering feedback using two frameworks, the GROW model and the four areas of feedback. By using these models, supervisors can facilitate change and growth in trainees towards expert performance.

• Develop a culture for learning
• Provide feedback and improve performance
• Deliver feedback in challenging situations

Facilitators: A/Prof Ray Russo & Dr Rob Hall


Sharpen your skills – learn how to organise and facilitate communication at the end-of-life education sessions

Flinders University and End-of-life Essentials
Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Half Day
Workshop – 1:00pm – 5:00pm ~ FULL ~

Most Australians die in acute hospital settings and aged care facilities. Many of these deaths are expected, yet many health care professionals working in these settings feel poorly prepared to deliver end-of-life care. Communication about end-of-life issues is important and the cornerstone of good quality care. Education and professional development opportunities can be powerful ways to increase the skill and capacity in communication of any health care professional.

Are you involved or interested to provide education to other health care professionals regarding communication at the end-of-life? If you are, then, this workshop is for you. Come along and learn more on how to strengthen your teaching/facilitation approach.

This interactive, engaging and highly practical workshop will guide participants through exactly what is involved in the facilitation of communication at the end-of-life education sessions.

• Learn how to inspire change in individual sessions or in small group work.
• You will be invited to focus on areas of your own facilitation or education on which to develop and grow.
• You will be introduced to specialised and peer-reviewed video, communication tips and tools,
• Watch, learn and then practice how to increase the effectiveness of your facilitation of communication across a wide range of common end-of-life scenarios.
• Fostering a culture of trust in ‘safe’ and effective environments is crucial – we can share what we have found to work well.
• The ‘dreaded’ role play – when and why it does or doesn’t work

We will share quizzes, tips and frameworks, extensive evidence-based resources and interactive learning opportunities all focusing on end-of-life care.

Kim Devery, Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer, Palliative and Supportive Services, and Lead, End-of-Life Essentials, Flinders University
Kate Munro, End of Life Care Coordinator, Hunter New England Health District
Prof Patsy Yates, Director, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education and Head of School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology

This workshop is fully subscribed, but you are welcome to put your name on the waiting list.