Aged care & palliative care project

The Consortium manages an aged care and palliative care project on behalf of the region. Funded through ‘regional palliative care consultancy’ funding of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the NW Metro aged care and palliative care project is focused on providing education and support for aged care workers in the region, to:

  • Improve the capacity of staff working in aged care facilities to provide high quality end of life care to residents and their families;
  • Strengthen cooperation between aged care facilities, specialist palliative care services, primary care and other key health services (eg. hospital based In-reach teams) in the provision of end of life care support to residents.

Aged care and palliative care information and resources

For information and resources on aged care and palliative care, visit our Resources section on aged care and palliative care.

Free training for aged care staff

In addition to running region-wide workshops, the Consortium’s Aged Care and Palliative Care Project Officer, Jane Newbound, is available to attend individual facilities and provide specially tailored in-house training sessions on topics such as:

  • End of life care
  • Identifying deterioration
  • Advance care planning
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Dementia and dying
  • Pain assessment and management
  • Dyspnoea
  • Terminal restlessness

There are approximately 170 aged care facilities in the north and west metropolitan region that provide care to over 12,000 residents. In addition, community aged care services provide home based care for over 3,000 frail aged people who remain living in their own home. The project’s training is available to all aged care facilities and other aged care service providers.

The sessions are usually free of charge and depending on the topics chosen, can run from about one hour up to half a day in length. All sessions can be adapted to meet the needs of staff with different levels of experience and knowledge of end of life care, including Personal Care Assistants, Enrolled Nurses, Registered Nurses and senior administrators.

For further information, contact our Aged Care and Palliative Care Project Officer, Jane Newbound on or the Consortium office on .

Visit our Resources section on aged care and palliative care for more information about aged care and palliative care.