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The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, funded through the National Palliative Care Program.

The overall aim of the program is to improve the quality and accessibility of palliative care services to all people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

PEPA provides ALL Health Professionals with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the palliative approach to care through:

  • funded clinical workforce placements or workshops
  • integration of learning into your workplace
  • establishing networks of support.
The PEPA learning experience is to help Health Professionals:
  • gain a clear understanding of principles of good palliative care
  • identify the needs of patients with life-limiting conditions
  • understand the role of their discipline in managing common problems faced by palliative care patients
  • recognise their own knowledge base/scope of practice in regard to optimal palliative care provision
  • identify personal coping strategies for effective management of personal issues related to working in this area.
PEPA is being implemented in all Australian states and territories. View the PEPA National webpage for relevant state and territory contacts.

This program provides an ideal opportunity to learn from experienced specialist staff to enhance skills, knowledge and experience in the palliative approach.