Take a look at what is happening in palliative care this month...

Conference - Just 2 weeks to go!

The FULL PROGRAM for the 2022 Tasmanian Palliative Care Conference - Quality of life, is now available!
  • Full 2 days
  • 20+ Speakers locked in
  • Concurrent Sessions each day
    • Community
    • Research and innovation
    • In practice
    • Planning and support
In addition to our national and international key note speakers, the 2022 Tasmanian Palliative Care Conference - Quality of Life is offering the opportunity to attend 6 of the 24 concurrent sessions, this means you can customise your conference experience to suit your professional interests.
Sessions include:
  • Parenting through Bereavement - Shae Chester | Canteen Australia
  • Palliative Care and Paramedic Practice - Laura Woods | Ambulance Tasmania
  • Healthy Dying for people with Disability - ‘Communicating for end of life – a toolkit’ - Laura Nichols | Li-Ve Tasmania
  • Answering the hard questions... - Helen Callanan | Preparing the Way - End of Life Doula Education and Services
  • Utilising a Track and Trigger approach to client assessment - Sally Brown and Kylie Johnson | Banksia Palliative Care Service
  • Red Centre to Cradle Coast - A Palliative Care Perspective - Martina Cotton | Tasmanian Health Service
  • Supporting carers to keep people at home – the Client and Carer Support Program -
    Sally Brown | Banksia Palliative Care Service
  • Developing a Rapid Assessment Team at Banksia Palliative Care. - Kylie Johnson | Banksia Palliative Care Service
+ 16 other sessions!

Join your colleagues at the palliative care event of the year.


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PalliHub update - we NEED your help!

Its been a busy month in PalliHub. We now have over 400 PalliHub community members!

Now that PalliHub has been around for a little over 6 months, we are taking the opportunity to ask for feedback.  We want to understand how the PalliHub community is serving YOU so far, and what we can do to ensure the community is meeting YOUR needs moving forward.
The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete, and with your input, you can help shape PalliHubs future!

The survey link is here - PalliHub evaluation survey
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There are now 47 library resources in the community library (contributions from PalliHub members) and over 100 in the PalliHub curated Library.

There have been 6 new library uploads this month including resources from The Advance Project, The 2022 Tasmanian Palliative Care Conference – Quality of life Full Program, The Pharmacist After hours Advice Line flyer and a National Death Doula Roundtable White Paper

This month there have been 16 discussions this month with a total of 57 replies to those discussions.

13 events have been added (until the end of the year) to the community event calendar. Don't forget, its FREE to promote your organisations events via PalliHub!

You don't need to be a member of Palliative Care Tasmania to join PalliHub so if you know someone who would benefit from its features and content, please invite them to join us by sending them this link -
If you are already a PalliHub member, please help us by taking the member survey (above) and then log in to catch up everything that has been happening!
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This is a link to a short promotional video for PalliHub

Seniors Week

We had three successful Advance Care Planning workshops across Northern Tasmania as part of Seniors Week activities. Held at Libraries in Burnie, Devonport and Launceston, interested people were able to find out what is involved in Advanced Care Planning, how to have conversations with their loved ones and how to make an Advance Care Directive. We shared Christina’s story, (click the link below) which really illustrates the importance of having conversations and writing an advance care directive.
Christina Wrote a Plan

General Practice Education

We have been busy talking to GPs and practice nurses across Northern Tasmania about Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning. These sessions help health professionals understand the importance of early conversations about symptom management, quality of life and advance care planning and provides information and resources to assist them in their practice. We normally schedule these sessions in to lunchbox meetings. There is still some availability this year for those practices that are interested.

If you are interested in GP eduction please contact us -

George Town Information Morning

George Town will be holding an information morning during the second week of November.

Palliative Care Tasmania will have an information table at this event and a staff member will be available to chat and provide information and resources. There will be up to ten other community service providers also in attendance

Members of the public are invited to drop in. See you there!

Tuesday 8th November 9.30am-12.00pm
George Town RSL 44 Macquarie Street, George Town

Palliative Care Auxiliary

This week, we attended the Palliative Care Auxiliary annual fundraiser lunch. There were about 120 guests as well as the auxiliary in attendance.

The auxiliary raise money to buy equipment to people who are living with a life limiting illness, including Electric recliners, light weight wheelchairs and even something as simple as an electronic doorbell that has a 50m range so that Carers can spend time in the garden and know that they can respond if their person needs them.

We enjoyed a three course lunch and had opportunities to buy chocolate wheel tickets, raffle tickets and lucky dips. It was a lovely afternoon spent with so many dedicated and generous people.

Voluntary Assisted Dying

As you may be aware, the End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Act 2021 has commenced, meaning voluntary assisted dying is now a legal option for eligible Tasmanians.
Over recent weeks significant updates have been made to the Department of Health website, including:
  • Information on how to make a First Request to access voluntary assisted dying
  • Information about how to access training for voluntary assisted dying – a short awareness unit, and the full Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying Training to be a participating practitioner
  • Information on minimum obligations for medical practitioners and other registered health practitioners
  • Information on minimum requirements for health and aged care facilities.
Additional information will continue to be added over the coming weeks. Specific questions can be directed to this email account or asked by calling 1800 568 956 during business hours.
Find out more - here

Palliative Care Education

We wanted to reward the attendees who have consistently attended several training sessions this year on palliative care and related topics (such as Advance care planning;  Recognising dying & symptom support; Grief, loss & bereavement; Dementia and palliative care; and Self Care)
The Aged Care Providers who have engaged the most in 2022 include:
  • Emmerton Park RACF at Smithton (yes we made an overnight trip to Smithton 5 times this year and have got to know the fantastic volunteers and staff quite well)
  • Emmerton Park Dementia Volunteer’s Group (unfortunately the photo only has 3 of the 8 or 9 ladies in the group who have attended this year)
  • OneCare Umina Park RACF at Burnie
These providers have had or will complete at least 5 training sessions this year.  We wanted to finish on a high note for the end of year and kept the topic of Self Care until the final session for the year. (Umina Park are still to have their session in December)
Palliative Care Tasmania provided a carry bag, packed full of goodies and a small treats pack with a hot chocolate sachet, a coffee bag, twinning’s tea bag, and a chocolate with a note included with appreciation for aged care workers and their significant contribution to providing quality care especially over the last 2 years.

New Staff - Learning Through Loss Coordinator

Joining us in October, we welcome to the newest member of the Palliative Care Tasmania Team, Jess Sanders.

About Jess.
Jess Sanders is the Coordinator of the Youth Resilience Program (Learning Through Loss), a new pilot program set to roll out to Tasmania high schools in 2023. Jess comes from a social work and education background and is deeply committed to supporting young people. Jess has worked with young people in a variety of contexts including schools, the youth justice system, and family violence refuges. She feels strongly that positive change starts with education and that unnecessary suffering can be prevented through the sharing of stories, knowledge, and skills. When Jess isn’t working with young people or creating educational resources she is hiking, gardening, or diving head first into the freezing Tassie ocean.

About Learning Through Loss.
Palliative Care Tasmania’s ‘Learning Through Loss' pilot program is a Professional Learning training for educators that supports them to develop youth resilience in the face of grief, loss, and adversity. Most young people are exposed to death, dying, grief, and bereavement yet they are not adequately supported to navigate this complex landscape. Educators who hold strong relationships with young people have a powerful opportunity to support young people to build resilience and help them to navigate grief, and loss, and connect them to resources that could prevent the development of mental illness.

Learning through loss is in its infancy, but we will keep members informed about the progress of this program as it grows.

If you would like to contact Jess -

New Staff - Policy and Sector Development

In September Bradley McGill joined our team in the Advisor – Policy and Sector Development role. Welcome Bradley!

Bradley started his career at one of Australia’s largest professional services firms and has spent the past 5 years in various business development roles. He is an experienced business analyst, with a demonstrated history in solving complex organisational issues, providing long term solutions, and significant returns on investment. His extensive skill set allows him to reduce wastage and develop lasting solutions that are focused on current requirements and future growth.

Bradley has recently joined our team at PCT and is excited for the opportunity to apply his skills to the palliative care sector. He is passionate about improving the quality of life for all Tasmanians and looks forward to making an impact in our communities.

National Dietetic Webinar 

The final Dietetic Webinars for 2022 are coming up in the first half of November,  Wednesday the 9th and Wednesday the 16th of November, between 1 and 2pm

Topic 1. Healthy Ageing – Mind and Body

This session will look at lifestyle factors such as nutrition, exercise, and being socially active to promote healthy ageing. As we age, specific nutrient needs may be higher while the ability to meet those needs has more barriers. Many older adults are at risk of malnutrition and frailty.

Following this presentation: you will have a better understanding on how important factors such as maintaining muscle mass and getting the right nutrition can make a difference to your clients (as well as your own) health and what you can do now to reduce the risk of age-related diseases.

Location: Online (Zoom)

Date/time: 9th of November 2022- 1:00pm – 2:00pm.

Topic 1 - Register Here
Topic 2. Nutrition and Palliative Care

Food is associated with maintenance of health and life, expressions of love and the celebration of important events. The inability or loss of desire to eat and drink can be perceived by the person and family as an indication that the illness is progressing and can induce feelings of anxiety, frustration and loss.

Questions around a person’s weight, food intake and nutritional supplements can dominate the caring agenda and need to be addressed directly and sensitively. This presentation discusses the value of food, comfort, and nutritional requirements at end of life as well as the importance of using appropriate language.

Following this presentation: you will have a better understanding of the value of food, comfort, and nutritional requirements at end of life. Appropriate interventions and timing, as well as the importance of using appropriate language and planning ahead.

Location: Online (Zoom)

Date/time: 16th of November - 1:00pm – 2:00pm.
Topic 2 - Register Here

Community Connection

Recognising Dying – What to Expect & Managing Symptoms

Community Connection is a FREE series of informational talks that will assist you in understanding how to take more control over the end of life wishes, through understanding what Palliative Care is, who is involved in care, staying well for as long as possible, supporting others, what is advance care planning and how to have conversations around end of life wishes.

This event is Community & Aged Care focused. Educating the community and service providers to understand and recognise the dying process.
Providing an overview on how to manage symptoms, focusing on holistic management methods (Non-clinical).

Session Overview:
  • Understanding and recognising the dying process
  • Increasing confidence discussing end-of-life care and dying?
  • Managing symptoms
  • Recognising the importance of communication and planning
Location: Online (Zoom)

Date/time: 8th of November 2022 - 11:00am – 12:00pm
Register Here

Join us. Become a Member.

At Palliative Care Tasmania, our mission is to lead and influence policy and practice, advocate, educate and support people of all ages to access quality palliative care.

You can help us achieve this by becoming a member.

We welcome membership from anyone with an interest in palliative care. Whether you are a health professional, aged care provider, volunteer/carer, a policy influencer or simply part of a Tasmanian community of care, our member network supports and connects you to valuable information and resources.

Our Members area collective voice to our Tasmanian leaders and decision makers on important sector issues. As a member, you will also be eligible to vote on key issues and also nominate as a Director on our Board to help lead our organisation and influence the palliative care sector in Tasmania

We have revised our model and member benefits and now offer 4 levels of membership:


  1. Community Supporter Membership $20/year +GST
  2. Professional Membership $50/year +GST (new)
  1. Not-for-profit organisations $150/year +GST
  2. For-profit organisations $250/year +GST
ALL MEMBERSHIP RUNS July 1- June 30 ( Financial Year).

Come and join us today - here
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