What we do
The Consortium’s workplan includes a focus on contributing to the availability of information to support carers of people with a life-limiting illness, including carers not currently involved with specialist palliative care services.
Links to various carer related resources and information can be found in our website Resources section for carers, families, friends and communities.
Clinical Advisory Committee
The Consortium supports the NW Metro regional Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC).
The Clinical Advisory Group is responsible for:
- sharing information about systems and work practice improvements currently in operation within the North West metropolitan region of Melbourne focused on improving clininal practice,strengthening interagency communication and encouraging best use of resources
- providing information and recommendations to the Consortium Management Goup on projects and improvement initiatives that will support the delivery of high quality palliative care services for patients and carers
- identifying and promoting clinical education opportunities and sharing educational resources
- receiving reports and information regarding Consortium projects and improvement initiatives
- providing suggestions and advice on clinical network forum presentations and approve themes and topics being presented
- actively contributing to Project Specific Working Group activities as relevant
- A forum for information exchange and peer support for clinicians involved in palliative care service provision, including input and review of content for the Clinical resources, information and training section of this website.
- Opportunities for clinician input to regional and statewide professional development and service improvement initiatives, including the activities of the Palliative Care Clinical Network (PCCN) operating as part of Safer Care Victoria.
The CAC meets bi-monthly, with various information exchange and other activities occurring between meetings. Membership of the CAC is drawn from the region’s specialist palliative care services and others with an interest in palliative care.
Agency representatives include:
- Austin Health
- Banksia Palliative Care
- Melbourne City Mission
- Northern Health
- Mercy Palliative Care
- Western Health
- Melbourne Health/Peter Mac/Parkville Integrated
- RAPID/Melbourne Health
- North West Melbourne Primary Health Network
For more information about the CAC, contact Consortium Manager Kathleen Menzies
Other consortium activities
- Aged care and palliative care
- Carers and palliative care
- Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC)
- Disability and palliative care
- Palliative care services quickguide
- Partners in palliative care project
The Consortium’s 2017-18 workplan includes activities focused on:
- Advance care planning
- Culturally and linguistically diverse communities and palliative care
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and palliative care
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex (LGBTI) communities and palliative care
- Community conversations about dying and death
- GPs, medical specialists and specialist palliative care (part of the Partners in palliative care project)
- Chronic disease support services and specialist palliative care (part of the Partners in palliative care project)
- Acute health staff (non-specialist palliative care) and palliative care
- Service delivery enhancement projects, e.g. After hours
- Data review to assist with service planning, identifying regional priorities for future service development and assessing regional progress in achieving framework goals