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The Committee is pleased to confirm the following Advanced Practice Workshops:

During the course of the Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend four clinically relevant and practice orientated 90 minute workshops. Each workshop is limited to 40 participants. A workshop place can be secured at the time of registration.

Sunday 11 September 2016

Workshop 1: Planning Palliative Care for People with Dementia in Aged Care and Other Settings

The workshop will guide participants through new resources developed during a Commonwealth-funded project called the IDEAL Project, now available on a CareSearch hosted website. Contributors will include registered nurses who worked on the project as Palliative Care Planning Coordinators (Jill Allsop and Simmi Grover) and IDEAL investigator and coordinator, Dr Tim Luckett (University of Technology Sydney). The workshop will highlight synergies with the Residential Aged Care Palliative Approach Toolkit, with instruction from the Toolkit’s developer, Professor Deborah Parker (The University of Western Sydney). Content on advance care planning will be led by Joy Cocker (HammondCare) based on extensive literature reviews and public consultation undertaken by the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and HammondCare.

The workshop will include a special focus on how to use family case conferences as a method for shared decision-making between families and health professionals on behalf of a person who is unable to speak for him/herself due to advanced dementia.
Topics will include:
•    Use of ‘triggers’ to identify when a family case conference might be beneficial;
•    Organising case conferences with optimal involvement from family and multi-disciplinary health professionals;
•    Setting case conference agendas with input from family and health professionals;
•    Facilitating case conferences to reach consensus on goals of care, with a focus on ‘difficult conversations’ about dementia progression and end of life care;
•    Ways to tailor advance care planning to the illness trajectory and healthcare needs of persons with dementia and their families.

Dr Tim Luckett

Tim Luckett is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Tim trained as a speech pathologist and has experience of research projects in a wide range of health-related fields. He is interested in developing and evaluating complex healthcare interventions, especially in oncology and palliative care. He has a particular interest in methods of outcome measurement.


Workshop 2: Developing communication skills in palliative care, an innovative approach (Mask-Ed™)

Mask-Ed™ is an innovative immersive simulation technique that allow students to be coached in the art and science of nursing. Mask-Ed™ has been implemented in health curricula in Australia, UK and NZ, but little has been done with the technique in the area of palliative care.

This session will be run by Rachel Bilton-Simek and Jane Frost.  This workshop which will provide a practical demonstration of the use of Mask- Ed™(KRS simulation) in palliative care education. Mask-Ed™ is an innovative immersive simulation technique that allow students to be coached in the art and science of nursing. Mask-Ed™ has been implemented in health curricula in Australia, UK and NZ, but little has been done with the technique in the area of palliative care. Palliative care education demands that learners engage that require a level of metacognition. Mask-Ed can help learners develop vital skills in a safe environment. This workshop will showcase the use of simulation as a valuable addition to palliative care education. The aim of this session is to showcase an innovative educational technique and its application in palliative care education

Ms Rachel Bilton-Simek 

Rachel Bilton-Simek is a practising as the Palliative Care Educator at Calvary Health Care ACT. She is passionate about educating the clinical (primary and specialist care) and general community about palliative care. Prior to working as the Educator Rachel was a community based specialist team and concurrently teaching electives for Enrolled Nursing Diplomas. Rachel is currently studying a Masters in Clinical Education at Flinders University.


Ms Jane Frost

Jane Frost is an Assistant Professor (clinical) in Nursing at the University of Canberra. She is a passionate educator who advocates simulation as a safe an effective way to teach nursing. Jane trained in Mask-Ed™ (KRS simulation) in 2013 and believes strongly in the technique which she has implemented widely over the last 3 years. She has co-authored a paper advocating the use of Mask-Ed™ as way to teach both the art and science of nursing. She has presented her work with Mask- Ed™ nationally and worked closely with the founder of the technique Professor Kerry Reid-Searl. Jane is also an endorsed Nurse Practitioner and doctoral candidate.


Ms Ros Kirk

Ros Kirk is a Registered Nurse and a dedicated educator. Ros has been the ACT PEPA Manager for 2 years, and is enjoying the range of training opportunities this gives her. She is passionate about networking with a broad range of groups, and ultimately developing skills, knowledge & confidence in primary health care providers in providing the palliative approach to care. 







Workshop 3: Ethical Conflicts in Palliative Care: Responding with Integrity and Effectiveness

Dr Mary Gentile and Prof Sandra Lynch will facilitate this interactive workshop that will provide nurses with an opportunity to refine their capacities to engage in difficult conversations to address ethical conflicts that arise in the context of palliative care nursing. Participants will identify situations of ethical conflict, attitudes to risk and responsibility, the strengths and preferences we recognise in ourselves, our personal-professional profiles and the nature of communication in the context of dealing with life-limiting illness.

Dr Mary Gentile

Dr Mary Gentile is the Creator and Director of Giving Voice to Values, an innovative curriculum for developing the skills, knowledge and commitment required to implement values-based leadership. Dr Gentile works internationally with corporate, non-profit and academic institutions in a number of fields. These include curriculum development, executive coaching, issue definition and strategy related to leadership development, social impact management, ethics, business education and diversity.

Professor Sandra Lynch

Prof Sandra Lynch is Director of the Institute for Ethics and Society and Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney campus). Prof Lynch is a moral philosopher, with expertise in applied and professional ethics, ethics and values education. Her research into best practice in the teaching of ethics, including nursing ethics, is underpinned by a commitment to ensuring that students develop the confidence and competence to contribute to the flourishing of their professions and of the societies of which they are part.

Monday 12th September 2016

Workshop 4: A Guide to Building Partnerships: Respect, Trust and Engagement

Partnerships are central to the effectiveness of connections across service providers in palliative care. The goal of partnership is to achieve more than individual organisations can achieve on their own, yet the concept is often poorly understood. A clearly articulated understanding of partnership is a powerful step in transforming an organisation's levels of influence. Dr John Rosenberg and Ms Wendy Gain will facilitate this interactive workshop to guide participants through a process of defining 'partnership'; applying the principles of equity, transparency and mutual benefit; discussing levels of influence at policy, organisational, practice and social levels; and identifying possible partners for their organisations.  This workshop will provide sound and practical guidance for participants to establish and maintain partnerships within and between organisations.

Dr John Rosenberg

Dr John Rosenberg is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in community-based palliative care.  He is currently a Research Fellow at the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care at Queensland University of Technology. John was part of the Decision Assist – Palliative Care Linkages project which facilitated partnerships between aged and palliative care services to improve end-of-life for older Australians.

Ms Wendy Gain

Ms Wendy Gain has been a registered nurse in palliative care, a health bureaucrat and most recently, a project officer in the Decision Assist - Palliative Care Linkages project. She is a Partnership Broker, Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and ISO9001 Quality Management Systems auditor. 


Workshop 5: Supporting Family Members in the Context of Ill-Health

Prof Liz Forbat will lead this interactive workshop which will involve the practical application of theories and techniques, to help delegates identify and understand the impact of family dynamics on illness and health service use. Drawing on clinical and research case-studies delegates will gain skills in working with, and supporting, families. 

Professor Liz Forbat

As is a research psychologist and family psychotherapist, Prof Forbat’s work is focused on ill-health and relationships. She is the Director of the Calvary Centre for Palliative Care Research, in a joint appointment with Calvary and Australian Catholic University. She has research and clinical experience crossing many fields including forensics, acute psychiatry, dementia, intellectual disability, and cancer.






Workshop 6: Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC): Responding to Patient's Needs: Patient Rate Sympton Distress Using SAS

This workshop focuses on using the Symptom Assessment Scale (SAS) tool to better assess, record and represent the distress of palliative care symptoms, using a patient centred approach. Participants will gain knowledge and skills in clinical observation, symptom assessment, communication, documentation, and the clinical application of SAS, using role play, case scenarios and observation of staged proxy and patient rated SAS assessments.

Ms Carol Hope

Carol is a palliative care nurse with several years of experience across all service settings in both Australia and the UK. Carol has been a clinician, manager, researcher and educator of palliative care in a career spanning twenty years. In 2010 Carol was awarded a Translating Research in to Practice (TRIP) Fellowship by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Her research interests include knowledge translation and implementation research as well as broader health services research. Carol is also a passionate advocate for palliative care and is currently the Acting Vice President of Palliative Care Queensland. Carol is a Quality Improvement Facilitator with the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration.


Workshop 7: Optimizing Care for Patients with Drug and Alcohol Needs

Ms Amy Faden will lead this interactive workshop which will focus on ways to better manage patients with alcohol and drug issues undergoing palliative care.  Participants will gain skills in drug and alcohol assessment, harm reduction strategies and practical skills when caring for palliative patients with a history of substance use.

Ms Amy Faden

Ms Amy Faden is a Registered Nurse, working in the AOD field for 15 years, ten of these as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in opiate substitution treatment.  She has keen interest in harm reduction and injecting drug users, having also worked at the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Kings Cross and with Justice Health NSW.  Amy was awarded ACT Nurse of the Year in  2010.