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CPCRE - Palliative Care for Indigenous 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  awareness of cultural issues when providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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, Ms Eliza Munro, to:

  • increase understanding amongst health professionals 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
E: Eliza.Munro@health.qld.gov.au
E: pepaqld@health.qld.gov.au

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.

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Last updated: 27 September 2019