Palliative Care for Health Professionals

The resources below inform health professionals about palliative care and death and dying issues.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander palliative care booklet

This is a guide to caring for those with a terminal condition. The emphasis here is on honoring the choices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Palliative Care Booklet 2008

Factsheet 1: What is palliative care

Factsheet 2: Providing palliative care

Factsheet 3: Looking after yourself

Factsheet 4: Social and emotional care for yourself and the dying

Factsheet 5: Supporting someone to die with dignity

Factsheet 6: Planning ahead


CareSearch is an online resource of palliative care that provides information for Healthcare Providers, and Researchers and Palliative Specialists.

Clare Holland House - Referral for specialist palliative care services

To discuss a patient palliative care needs please Clare Holland House on (02) 6273 0336.

Referral Forms for home based and inpatient care

Palliative Care flipchart

This resource booklet was written in recognition of the need to encourage general practitioners and nursing staff in residential aged care facilities to support older people's desire to die with dignity in their home, the residential aged care facility.

Palliative Care flipchart

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) provides palliative care education for all healthcare professionals.

PEPA is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing(DOHA), funded through the National Palliative Care Program.

The aim of the program is to improve the quality and accessibility of palliative care services to all people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

PEPA provides health professionals with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the palliative approach to care through:

  • funded clinical workforce placements or workshops
  • integration of learning into your workplace
  • establishing networks of support.

The PEPA learning experience is to help health professionals:

  • gain a clear understanding of principles of good palliative care
  • identify the needs of your patients with life-limiting conditions
  • understand the role of your discipline in managing common problems faced by palliative care patients
  • recognise your own knowledge base/scope of practice in regard to optimal palliative care provision
  • identify personal coping strategies for effective management of personal issues related to working in this area.

PEPA in the ACT

The ACT offers one week PEPA placements for nurses, allied health professionals and Aboriginal health care workers

The program incorporates orientation time with the PEPA Manager, information, education, mentoring and support from the PEPA Manager and the staff at the host site, Clare Holland House.

The placement also includes experiential time in the Inpatient Unit and Home Based Palliative Care (HBPC) Service, overview of palliative care within The Canberra Hospital (TCH), and participation in a palliative approach workshop.

Reverse PEPA engages a specialist palliative care nurse to provide experiential learning and mentoring within the participant’s own work environment in the Aged Care sector.

This contrasts with the usual placement, whereby PEPA participants attend the host site for a one week placement.

Reverse PEPA enables participants to develop knowledge and expertise in direct relation to their patient population group.

PEPA conducts a number of general workshops each year, as well as specific workshops covering topics such as grief and loss, and spirituality & holistic care.

PEPA Workshops are run in partnership with the staff of Clare Holland House.

PEPA also conducts specific workshops for GPs in collaboration with the ACT Division of General Practice.

For further information about participating in PEPA contact:


Phone: 02 62647338