Partners in palliative care project

We’re currently recruiting for a Partners in Palliative Care Project Manager. Applications close at 12 midnight on 19 October 2017.

This a time limited 12 month project of the Consortium.

For further information about the project or the position, contact Consortium Manager Michael Gourlay on .

Project aim

The aim of the Partners in Palliative Care project is:

For GPs, medical specialists, chronic disease support services and specialist palliative care services to have a clear understanding of each other’s role and methods for collaborating to deliver high quality person and family centred care for people living with a life-limiting illness in the last 12-18 months of life, including:

  • Information and support given to people and their families when palliative care support or a palliative approach is first being considered (prior to specialist palliative care involvement).
  • Preferred approaches for referral to community palliative care services and palliative care consultancy services, including options for pre-referral discussion of care needs and exploring options to have these needs met.
  • Preferred approaches to ensure appropriate ongoing support is available for people being considered for ‘discharge’ by community palliative care services.
  • Support for GPs regarding anticipatory prescribing in the last months and weeks of life.

Key project tasks

  1. Identify key medical specialists in haemotology, oncology, renal, cardiac, respiratory specialties and other chronic diseases who service NW Metro residents and encourage their involvement in the project as (1) advisers and suppliers of information and opinions and/or (2) recipients of project information.
  2. Identify key personnel of chronic disease support services who service NW Metro residents and encourage their involvement in the project as (1) advisers and suppliers of information and opinions and/or (2) recipients of project information.
  • Note: Key GPs and GP networks, along with key personnel from specialist palliative care services are already known to the project through the Consortium and the involvement of the North Western Melbourne (and Eastern) Primary Health Networks.
  1. Establish and implement a sustainable range of communication methods to disseminate and share project related information with GPs, medical specialists, chronic disease support services and specialist palliative care services, throughout and beyond the life of the project.
  2. Explore options for improved ways for medical specialists, chronic disease support services and specialist palliative care services to respond to people with early referral needs, including approaches to supporting GPs during this period.
  3. Document and make publicly available to all potential referring professionals, the preferred approaches for referral to community palliative care services and palliative care consultancy services, including ‘early referrals’.
  4. Document and make publicly available the preferred approaches to ensure appropriate ongoing support is available for people being considered for ‘discharge’ by community palliative care services.
  5. Initiate strategies to enhance the effectiveness of communication between specialist palliative care services and GPs to assist GPs with anticipatory prescribing and other care needs in the last months and weeks of life.

Further information

A recruitment process for a Partners in Palliative Care Project Manager will take place during October and November 2017. The bulk of the project’s activities will take place in 2018.

For further information about the Partners in Palliative Care project, contact Consortium Manager Michael Gourlay on .