Online palliative care training supports carers

02 June, 2015

National Palliative Care Week recently urged people to talk about dying, and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) has announced the development of new online palliative care training resources for those who support the dying in the community.

AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven said the new online training and information portal, due to launch on 1 July, would provide a valuable resource for those involved in providing palliative care.

"The new portal will be a combination of current resources, new resources, and specifically targeted learning content. The focus will be skills development for improved quality of care, and it will be a source of genuine value to the palliative care workforce across the country," Verhoeven said.

The new portal will build upon the success of the original award-winning training modules based on the COMPAC Guidelines for community based palliative aged care, which have already been used by over 20,000 people across Australia and internationally. In response to stakeholder feedback, two new units on pain management and recognising deteriorating clients have been developed in partnership with Silver Chain Training and will be available when the portal launches.

"The existing courses have been highly popular," Verhoeven said. "The new modules, similarly, will meet the needs of a diverse audience. The training is highly interactive with a broad range of learning activities based on case studies which follow the progression of a client's illness."

"AHHA hopes that the launch of this portal and the free training it provides will assist anyone involved in working in this sensitive area to increase their skills and knowledge and enable them to drive conversations on dying."