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Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

 

Overview

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) is a national professional development program that aims to enhance the capacity of health workers to deliver quality palliative care. The program is intended for health professionals from a range of disciplines, including:

PEPA offers a tailored program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals. This program is flexible and customised to local needs within each state and territory. As part of the program, supervised clinical placements are offered within palliative care specialist services and/or community nursing services. Outreach programs are also available in some states and territories for rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Culturally relevant materials have been developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professional use as part of the initiative, including:

PEPA is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health, funded through the National Palliative Care Program.

Abstract adapted from Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

Contacts

For further information about PEPA for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, contact the PEPA Manager and/or PEPA Aboriginal Project Officer/Consultant in each state or territory.

Related publications

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (2010)

A program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers: communication guidelines for PEPA managers, mentors and others involved.

Canberra: Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

These communication guidelines are intended for individuals and organisations involved in the implementation and evaluation of the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA). The purpose of the guidelines is to help PEPA staff to work within local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices and protocols.

The practice principles described in the guidelines are:

Abstract adapted from PEPA for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

Cultural considerations: providing end of life care for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples (2014)

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

These guidelines outline practical considerations for providing person-centered palliative care for Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islander peoples, and their respective families, while being respectful of intercultural variations and individual choices.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Holloway M, Shahid S, Ekberg S, Yates P, Garvey G, Jacka C, Thompson S (2015)

Improving end-of-life care for Indigenous Australians: the role of PEPA.

Paper presented at the 13th National Rural Health Conference. 24-27 May 2015, Darwin

Prior D, Paardekooper C, Waight C, Jackson P (2010)

Indigenous and remote health: PEPA - bridging the gap in palliative care.

Australian Nursing Journal; 17(8): 39

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach learning guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers (2011)

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health, funded through the National Palliative Care Program.

PEPA offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers the opportunity to participate in a combination of workshop and clinical placements with palliative care specialist services and community nursing services. As part of this initiative, several learning guides for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers undertaking a PEPA placement were developed.

Abstract adapted from Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

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Last updated: 22 June 2016
 
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