Palliative Care: CPD for All Nurses
- : Surry Hills NSW 2010
9:00amPre-test - Personal Reflections on Current Knowledge
This short private pre-test enables you to reflect on your current level of knowledge relating to palliative care. It will give you a benchmark to measure your learning over the two days.
9:20amWhat is meant by ‘A Palliative Approach to Care’?
This session reviews the concept of a palliative approach to care. In this session you will have an opportunity to clarify what is meant by palliative care and also discuss what it is not. This will enable your nursing care to be well-aligned with palliative care principles when required. Includes:
- What does palliative care aim to achieve?
- When do you know that a person requires palliation rather than other types of care?
- Common disease trajectories
- Palliative approach toolkit trajectories - the three clinical processes
9:50amPrinciples of Palliative Care - Film - Life Asked Death
This illustrated session highlights some of the common principles of palliative care by looking through the lens of developing countries in Asia.
10:40am - Morning Tea and Coffee
11:00amOverview of Advance Care Planning
- Supporting people to die in their place of choice
- Actively involving all stakeholders in planning future care
- Advance care planning - how it works on the ground
11:30amAdvance Care Planning and the Law
Mrs Smith lives in residential aged care and has an advance care plan. This states she does not wish to be resuscitated or moved if she has a fall or other such event that could result in death. This session discusses how this situation could be managed. Includes:
- Important legal aspects of advance care planning
This highly interactive, illustrated session will assist you to use correct language when discussing palliative care with patients and their relatives. Includes:
- Overview (30 mins)
- Role play (30 mins) completing an Advance Care Plan
- Video clips (20 mins in total)
1:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking
2:30pmQuick Quiz - Test Your Learning
2:45pmHow to Conduct a Palliative Care Case Conference
Palliative care case conferences are an important aspect of care. This session looks at:
- What is a palliative care case conference?
- When should a palliative care case conference be held?
- Who should attend the case conference?
- Useful resources freely available to assist you with organising a case conference
- Advocating for a patient
3:15pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
3:30pmShort Video clip from Palliative Approach Toolkit on Case Conferencing
3:45pmUseful Palliative Care Resources:
- What is the role of Decision Assist?
- What is the purpose of PEPA (Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach)?
- How to use CareSearch and what it offers?
4:00pm - Close of Day One of ProgramDay Two
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
9:00amWake-up Quiz Revision Activity
An interactive activity to assist you to remember what you have learned on the previous day. Includes:
- Advance care planning
- Case conferencing
- Prognostic indicators
9:30amWorking with End-of-Life Care Pathways
This illustrated session focuses on improving the safety and quality of end-of-life care. It will address:
- What is an end-of-life care pathway?
- When is it initiated?
- Who is involved in the decision to implement a care pathway?
10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee
11:00amCultural Considerations in Palliative Care
This highly interactive session, which includes a ‘cultural quiz’, will discuss some of the issues that emerge during palliative care that result from cultural determinants.
11:30amIntroduction to Pain Management in Advanced Disease
In Australia today, there are ample medications available to treat pain in palliative care. As many people with advanced disease will suffer some sort of pain, nursing confidence in administering appropriate medicines is essential. This session reviews the underlying principles of pain management in people with life-limiting illnesses. It explains the goals of care and how to interpret them for palliative care patients. Includes:
- What are the principles underpinning good nursing practice for pain control in palliative care patients?
- How can you truly assess a subjective ‘feeling’ such as pain?
12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking
1:15pmDyspnoea and Noisy Breathing
There are a range of changes that may occur to a person’s respiratory function as their disease progresses. Respiratory disorders can be very distressing to both the patient and family. This session reviews:
- Symptom management of dyspnoea
- Alleviating anxiety
- Resources available that help explain noisy breathing at end-of-life
2:00pmDehydration at the End of Life
Hydration is so closely associated with good health - and dehydration with bad health - that it is very difficult to resist rehydrating patients even if this is not in their best interest. This session discusses the support of families through this difficult time. Includes:
- What is the role of artificial hydration when a person is unable to swallow?
- What mouth care is appropriate for an unconscious person who is dying?
- Practical ways of explaining dehydration at the end of life to families
2:30pmAgitation and Restlessness at the End of Life
This session will open a debate about treating a person at the end of their life who has delirium. Includes:
- Causes of delirium at end-of-life
- Management options
- Implications for the advance care plan
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
3:15pmComments on Grief and Loss
This final session introduces the concepts of grief and loss. As well, it considers the impact they have on a patient, their family and in particular the cumulative effect it has on nurses. It will include a short, final activity to assist you to consider how to care for yourself and your colleagues.
4:00pmPost-Test - Privately Measure Your Learning
4:15pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Karen Conte is an endorsed palliative care Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in the field of palliative care. She holds a Masters in Palliative Care from Flinders University. Her passion for quality palliative care within the aged care sector and the importance of having early advance care planning conversations was further enhanced by her work as the National Project Manager for Decision Assist. Karen now works as the Consortium Manager with the Eastern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium.