Education and training for health professionals in palliative care services

A nurse and a carer looking after an older patient in her bed and near the end of her life.
  18 January 2023  The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

What is PEPA?

The Australian Government Department of Health funds a range of national palliative care projects to enhance the quality of palliative care service delivery and increase support for people who are living with life limiting illness, who require end-of-life care, their families and carers. The overall aim is to improve access to high quality palliative care for all Australians as they require it.

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) forms part of the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative. As a national palliative care project, this Collaborative takes a strategic approach to education and training of the health workforce and delivers programs for priority health care provider groups across primary, secondary and tertiary settings.

PEPA provides:

  • Individually tailored workshops for health care, community or residential facilities.
  • Workshops for any health care professional (including GPs, admin staff, nurses, carers, allied health practitioners, disability workers, paramedics).
  • Immersive, observational placements in specialist palliative care teams.
  • Reverse PEPA placements where a palliative care specialist comes to YOUR workplace and provides education, guidance and support to all staff
  • Reverse PEPA placements for palliative care specialist staff who want to learn more about chronic illness, neurological illness, community care, disability, aged care or any other specialty that is relevant to their work
  • Placements in Aboriginal Health services where you can learn from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander practitioners in providing culturally safe and appropriate palliative and end of life care
  • Placements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander liaison officers, health professionals and care workers into specialist palliative care.
  • Workshops conducted at workplace or online to upskill your staff about culturally appropriate palliative and end of life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Just send us an email to or visit and we can tailor a program specifically for you or your workplace. We all need to be able to care for our vulnerable community members, so the time is right to expand your skills, build your confidence and be linked into a large support network to assist you in your ongoing learning adventure.

Disclaimer: This article was provided by The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA). While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.