Skip links and keyboard navigation

CPCRE - Palliative Care for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Artwork: ‘End of Life Journey’ by Uncle Michael Connolly, Munda-gutta Kulliwari.

Palliative Care and End of Life Resource for workforce supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
(Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet). CareSearch has a comprehensive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Care section.

Australia's palliative care community acknowledges the sensitive nature of end of life care (Sorry Business, Sad or Bad News) and recognises the importance of cultural sensitivity when providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Gwandalan National Palliative Care Project. This ground-breaking project, through its eLearning platform has these aims for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples:

  • Improve quality of palliative care
  • Promote access to and uptake of palliative care services through improved Community awareness
  • Support more choices during palliative care by increasing uptake of Advance Care Planning
  • Support delivery of coordinated, culturally relevant and safe palliative care across Community and acute care settings

CPCRE works closely with the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA), through PEPA's National Indigenous Manager Ms Nicole Hewlett, and the Queensland PEPA Indigenous Project Officer, (position currently vacant) to:

  • increase health professionals' understanding of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and families
  • increase knowledge about palliative care amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, Liaison Officers and other health professionals

PEPA provides palliative care education for interested health professionals including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Liaison Officers. To enhance the PEPA learning experience, participants are then encouraged to undertake a mentored placement with a specialist palliative care facility. Further information about workshops or a PEPA placement may be obtained by contacting Eliza or other PEPA/CPCRE staff on:

T: 07 3646 5251

CPCRE and PEPA have worked closely with Cancer Council Queensland and the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) to deliver palliative care information to local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, to Health Workers, and to facilitate palliative care providers gaining greater knowledge of relevant Indigenous beliefs and practices.

The Aboriginal flag was designed by Mr Harold Thomas. Learn about the flag's meaning.  

The Torres Strait Islander flag was designed by Mr Bernard Namok from Thursday Island.


Last updated: 22 January 2021