Palliative Care in Aged Care

1h 5m of CPD
Karen Conte
14 Mar 2017

This Course identifies that with the expansion of palliative care in the community, there is a potential gap in the workforce of clinicians and carers that can provide competent quality palliative care services. Primary healthcare providers need to know how to provide advance care planning to people both in the community and within residential aged care facilities.


Apply the concept of advance care planning (ACP) to clinical situations so as to effectively recognise when it is appropriate to commence an ACP conversation


Implement a palliative approach to care in order to improve the quality of life of care recipients


Identify when a care recipient is in the final stages of life in order to ensure the person receives a peaceful and dignified death


Karen Conte

Karen Conte is an endorsed palliative care Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in the field of palliative care. She holds a Masters in Palliative Care from Flinders University. Her passion for quality palliative care within the aged care sector and the importance of having early advance care planning conversations was further enhanced by her work as the National Project Manager for Decision Assist. Karen now works as the Consortium Manager with the Eastern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium.


Marilou Ortega03 Oct 2018
Very informative.

Gowri ramasamy05 Sep 2018

Esther Zoe Nunn31 Aug 2018
Really great clear info. Very helpful to have such a comprehensive list of go-to resources. Thank you for a great course.

Lesley Hoye17 Aug 2018
Very informative. Consolidates a lot of recent reading. Extremely helpful in my current role. Great for supporting recommendations to GP.

Bruce Morrice04 Aug 2018
Information provided about where to be able to access assistance was fantastic. Also the information on how to start or initiate the conversation about end of life care was helpful.

Ruth Spencer06 Jul 2018
A caring ang compassionate VLA. Presented with obvious empathy and understanding of a difficult subject.

Baek Eunyoung01 Jun 2018
thank you

Lynne Richardson-Cooper31 May 2018
Very interesting, informative, and enjoyable video learning

Divina Evangelista28 May 2018
The educator is knowledgeable and engaging. I would recommend this education to other health professionals.

Shadia NAHIMANI28 May 2018
Good learning material. Thanks.

Bona marie miranda 27 May 2018
Very well explained

Nomalanga moyo27 May 2018
This was a good educational topic ,it contained all the information that l needed

Amrita Banstola27 May 2018

yan zhang24 May 2018

Katrinna Brooks24 May 2018
Very helpful!

Limor Weingarten23 May 2018
Great, easy to follow and understand

Mary Rothery21 May 2018
This is a very clear and well presented talk that underlines the end for communication in palliative and end of life care. It also has some good resources.

Elodie Bouchard20 May 2018

Kimberly Higgs18 May 2018
Whilst i had a broad understanding of Palliative Care in Aged Care, i now have strategies for initiating the conversation with care recipient's & their family about Advanced Care Planning

Mi Park13 May 2018
very useful resource. thank you.

Joanne Trickett12 May 2018

Reena Raju07 May 2018
Good session

Cheryl Carpenter04 May 2018
A very good seminar

Sarah Jane Matley02 May 2018
Great resource to revisit, to effectively recognise when to commence advance care planning, initiate pall care & when end-of-life care becomes apparent.

Kayla Smith30 Apr 2018

Amanpreet Kaur12 Apr 2018
Great video

XIAO YANG04 Apr 2018

Kim cook01 Mar 2018
this is a very good basic place to bvegin with opening up with the advanced care planning to empower the patient, family and the care team.

Eva Bodnar17 Feb 2018
Very useful, effective online training

Rhonda Briggs07 Feb 2018
This is a good refresher resource and hte new format is quite good.

Steven Walker04 Feb 2018

Ann Trebilcock18 Jan 2018
very informative

Belinda Harris30 Dec 2017
good and too the point. clear on understandable with links to additional resources

Denise simpson20 Dec 2017
I found the topic interesting, as i have an interest in palliative care. I realise as a new enrolled nurse you need to gain as much knowledge as possible to give the very best care. This resource was made simple to understand the processes of the module.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Advance care planning
  • Advance Care Directives (ACDs)
  • When and how to start the conversation
  • The palliative approach
  • Recognising the dying process
  • Using an end of life care plan

Target audience

All staff working in the aged care sector, both in the community and in residential aged care facilities. It is suitable as an introduction to the topic for nurses and to ensure that personal care staff have an awareness of its importance.


Enable important conversations about advance care planning and palliative care to take place between care recipients, family members and health professionals, in order to enhance provision of quality palliative care and the palliative approach.


The Australian Government Aged Care Reforms provide support for older Australians to stay in their own homes for as long as possible by utilising home care packages. This is an important opportunity for staff providing home care to begin a conversation around advance care planning while the care recipient is able to make decisions for themselves. If people do require care in a residential aged care facility (RACF), they will be entering at a later stage in their life, be more unwell, often with advanced dementia, and they will benefit from a palliative approach to their care. It is imperative that aged care staff see palliative care as a core skill to ensure residents experience a peaceful and dignified death. All patients with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers will require support and care from health professionals who understand and are skilled in the palliative approach to care. Improvements in palliative care will become more challenging as the population ages and the palliative care workforce ages with it. There will not be enough specialist palliative care services to meet the need, and it is essential that primary care is primed to take an increasing share of the palliative care burden.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.