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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (1 November) . . Page.. 4776 ..


(5) How many staff from each aged-care facility in the ACT are trained in palliative care.

(6) How many staff from each aged-cared facility are not trained in palliative care.

(7) How much does provision of such training cost (including paying staff who undertake the training as part of their work) and how much of this cost is supported by the ACT Government.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Calvary, through the Specialist Palliative Care Service operating from Clare Holland House, is a provider of the Commonwealth Government funded national Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) training. PEPA is relevant to and provided to people working in a range of settings, including Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF).

Calvary's data is not maintained according to these reporting periods. In the period

1 January 2015 to 30 June 2017, 258 RACF staff undertook PEPA training, from

1 November 2017 to date, 66 RACF staff completed PEPA training.

(2) PEPA commenced in 2003. Calvary has provided ongoing formal and informal palliative and end of life care education, training and assistance to other health services and workers since it began operating the ACT Hospice in 1995.

(3) In the ACT the training lasts for an indefinite period. RACF staff who seek additional training may gain that from workshops (see detail below) or by contacting Calvary's Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners and the Clare Holland House Nurse Educator if they need general assistance or guidance around the aspects of care for a single resident.

(4) In the ACT the following PEPA education and training programs are available:

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Aged Care Workshops - four hours duration;

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Palliative Approach Workshop - eight hours duration;

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Clinical Placements at ACT Specialist Palliative Care Service - three to five days; and

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Reverse PEPA Clinical Training - a Calvary Specialist Palliative Care Service Team member spends three days embedded in a Residential Aged Care Facility working alongside staff.

(5) Calvary cannot provide numbers for specific facilities, but since 1 January 2015, 324 staff from RACFs have undertaken PEPA training, 76 of whom participated in clinical placements or reverse placements. RACFs may provide other training for staff using other methods including approved training organisations and other Commonwealth Department of Health initiatives.

(6) Calvary is not able to respond to this question.

(7) PEPA program funding for the past four financial years was:

FY14/15 $114,925 FY15/16 $118,127 FY16/17 $202,174 FY17/18 $116,212


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