Quality of End Of Life Care Newsletter Edition 8 July 2021

As we embark on a new financial year 2021/22, we would like to thank Sydney North Health Network for continuing to provide funding and support to the Quality End of Life Project in RACF, and for your interest in and passion for delivering quality palliative care in your facility!

In May, the nation celebrated Palliative Care Week. This was a time to raise awareness of the importance of community conversations about death and dying, and how palliative care enables people with life-limiting illnesses have their physical, emotional and social needs met, to provide quality end of life.

The theme this year was It’s more than you think”, highlighting that palliative care is more than just end of life care and physical symptom management.

In collaboration with Palliative Care Australia, the HammondCare Palliative Centre encouraged all staff and stakeholders to use this week to celebrate, reflect and show gratitude. This was done by displaying gratitude hearts on the walls of offices and facilities with reflections from staff, residents, clients, patients and families about “what palliative care means to me”.

Find out more

Would your facility like to improve your palliative care outcomes?

We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from our Communities of Practice to take part in this opportunity of palliative care training, support and education to implement the PCOC Wicking model of care supported by Palliative Care Needs Rounds, which provides a framework for identification of residents who would benefit from a palliative care approach to care.

This model standardises work practice and embeds routine, standardised assessment and response protocols to be used by clinicians with each resident. 

Please send your queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Did you know?

The Australian Government support of this model is high with Australian Health Service & Research Institute (AHSRI) being awarded a grant of $8.91 million over three years to expand and embed our PCOC Wicking model into residential aged care settings. This funding is part of the government’s package in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission in to Aged Care Quality & Safety.

Welcome Gay Lavery

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Gay Lavery, Clinical Nurse Consultant Palliative Care to our team. Gay will be supporting the Quality EOLC in RACH facilities to implement the PCOC Wicking Model and Palliative Care Needs Rounds.

Gay and Jon are available to all facilities to direct you to resources and education that will help you support your team in providing palliative care.

Sarah Fox, Service Development Manager, The Palliative Centre

Jon San Martin, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care

Gay Lavery, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Palliative Care

Pain Management in Aged Care


Pain: Best practice and emerging approaches

Pain is a common symptom across the life span and is frequently a major issue for those with palliative care needs. Clinical evidence in pain management in palliative care is often derived from non-palliative care areas.

Our recent review and update of the CareSearch Clinical Evidence Patient Management pages has highlighted new areas of clinical practice, evolving and novel approaches to managing pain and gaps in the research (C. Phelan, 2019).

CareSearch Evidence Brief

New Listing for Opioid Medications on the Palliative Care Schedule

Commencing 1 June 2021, the Palliative Care Schedule (PCS) now includes new and amended listings for opioid medications. Following consideration of the Department of Health commissioned review of the PCS, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee has recommended the inclusion of additional formulations of fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone and morphine on PCS, and the addition of new listings for oxycodone and oxycodone with naloxone modified release products.

These changes reflect the PBAC’s recommendations and are intended to further reduce barriers to the prescribing and timely supply of opioid analgesic medications for palliative care patients.

Learn more

Myths About Morphine (PEPA)

There are many myths about morphine. Knowing the facts and busting the myths will help individuals with pain use morphine wisely (CareSearch, 2017; Palliative Care Australia, 2017).

Morphine Facts & Myths

Oceanic Palliative Care Conference (21OPCC)

7-10 September, 2021

Palliative Care Australia's Oceanic Palliative Care Conference is the pre-eminent event for all those passionate about palliative and end-of-life care. 

This year's conference will convene leaders, health professionals and experts in an accessible virtual format to advance discussion and knowledge about palliative care in Australia and surrounding Oceanic Regions.

Not limited by location or capacity, 21OPCC will provide a unique virtual platform for engaging a broader international audience and presenting new research and case studies about quality palliative and end of life care. 

Register now

Quality EOLC Tele-education Events

Upcoming Events for 2021 are below. Please look out for your email invites. If you would like to receive an invite or have your colleagues added to our Communities of Practice invite list, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HammondCare will be also be hosting the following presentations:

Person Centred Care (A Palliative Care Approach) | 27 July 2021
Sushila Khadka – Transitional Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care, NSLHD
Register here

Palliative Care and Dementia | 25 August 2021 
Dr Stephen McFarland – Head of Clinical Service, Dementia Centre

Complex Palliative Care in Aged Care | 21 September 2021
Robyn Keall – Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care HammondCare

Self Care/Bereavement | 26 October 2021
Steve Calder – Pastoral Care Manager, HammondCare

Palliative Care in the Media

The topic of death, dying and grief is represented in fact and fiction in print and social media, books, movies and TV series.

Saying goodbye to my friend, John, at his living wake

Catherine Lambert June 28, 2021 — Sydney Morning Herald

"I should have known there was no need to hesitate when I received an invitation to a living wake in April.

"The title 'Cocktails in the Departure Lounge' and stipulation that laughter and cheer were compulsory was a good indication this was set to be typically imaginative and joyful."

Read the full article

Dick Johnson is Dead 

An American documentary film directed by Kirsten Johnson and co-written by Johnson and Nels Bangerter.

The story focuses on Johnson's father Richard, who suffers from dementia, portraying different ways – some of them violent 'accidents' – in which he could ultimately die. In each scenario, the elderly Johnson plays along with his daughter's black humour and imaginative fantasies.

The film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Innovation in Non-fiction Storytelling. It was released on Netflix on October 2, 2020.

Watch on Netflix

Quality End Of Life Care in RAC Project Resources

A reminder the 2021 version of the QEOLC Flip Chart is now available. Please let us know if you need additional copies of either the FlipChart or Resource Book at your facility.

EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Your organisation can also purchase these for other facilities outside the Northern Sydney Local Health District. 

Buy now

Palliative and End Of Life Care Online Resources for RACF 

Funded by Department of Health

Your facility will benefit from being aware of these resources and educational opportunities.

Advance Care Planning Australia

Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program that promotes advance care planning, including resources and national curriculum and learning.

CareSearch – Palliative Care Knowledge Network

CareSearch provides nationally available websites to connect health professionals and the general public with trustworthy, evidence-based information and resources in palliative care.

End of Life Direction for Aged Care (ELDAC)

ELDAC provides information, guidance and resources to health professionals and aged care workers on palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians.

palliAGED – palliative care aged care evidence

palliAGED is the palliative care evidence and practice information resource for the Australian aged care sector. It provides support for health and care practitioners as well as resource developers. The website also provides trustworthy information for older Australians, their families and friends.

Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Australia provides national leadership to contribute to the development of palliative care public policy in Australia and promotes increased awareness of palliative care.

Palliative care curriculum for undergraduates (PCC4U)

The PCC4U program promotes the inclusion of palliative care education as part of all medical, nursing, and allied health undergraduate and entry to practice training, as well as their ongoing professional development.

Palliative Care Outcomes Collaborative (PCOC)

PCOC helps palliative care providers to identify and measure the impact of their service delivery on people with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers.

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

The PEPA program is part of the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative and helps health professionals to deliver palliative care by providing training in clinical placements in specialist palliative care services and interactive workshops.