The role of palliative care educational program in improving the skills of medical practitioners

Oommen, Vinesh G., Yates, Patsy, & Tran, Nhu T. (2008) The role of palliative care educational program in improving the skills of medical practitioners. In RACGP 51st Annual Scientific Convention WONCA Asia Pacific Regional Conference, 2-5 October 2008, Melbourne.


The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) started in 2003 as an initiative of the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing. The overall aim of PEPA is to improve the quality, availability and access to palliative care for people who are dying, and their families, by improving the skills and expertise of health practitioners, and enhancing collaboration between primary and specialist palliative care services. PEPA provides medical practitioners with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the palliative approach to care through funded clinical workforce placements or workshops.

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2007 a total of 265 medical practitioners had undertaken PEPA clinical placements across Australia. Medical practitioners' were surveyed using questionnaires before and three months after their placement to evaluate the impact of the program on knowledge, confidence and practice.

Overall the data indicate that PEPA participants' knowledge and confidence in palliative approach to care has increased. Therefore, it is imperative that programs like PEPA are sustained on a long term basis to provide medical practitioners the opportunity to increase their knowledge, skills and experience in palliative care.

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ID Code: 15025
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: PEPA, Palliative care, General practitioners
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Primary Health Care (111717)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (The authors)
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:05

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