Welcome to PEPA



PEPA empowers health professionals to deliver quality end-of-life care. 


PEPA provides Australia’s only free placements in palliative care services for practicing health professionals (2-5 days duration) and free palliative approach workshops.


Educating. Training. Improving Care

PEPA offers:

    Participants undertake an observational placement of 2-5 days in inpatient, community or hospital based consultancy setting; Participants are supported to transfer learning into practice;

    Palliative approach workshops for nursing, allied health, medical practitioners, aged care workers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals; workshops on culture-centred care of people with life limiting illness (from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and from multicultural perspectives); and mentoring masterclass workshops;

    The opportunity for a specialist palliative care staff member to travel to your residential aged care service or Aboriginal health service setting free of charge to facilitate palliative care learning;

    Continuing professional development points for some disciplines;

    Regional and remote placement participants may be eligible for funding towards accommodation and travel;  Employers & self-employed practitioners of placement participants may be eligible for funding as a contribution towards backfill; and

    The opportunity for primary care professionals and specialist palliative care services to build and strengthen networks.



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What is palliative care?

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Reference: World Health Organisation definition of palliative care (sourced 27 June 2005). Available here