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Program of Experience in Palliative Approach

Do you want to improve your ability to care for people with a life-limiting illness?

The Victorian Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) provides a broad range of health care professionals with the opportunity to increase their experience, knowledge and skills in palliative care.


PEPA is free for all eligible health practitioners, including Aboriginal health workers, allied health, medical practitioners and nurses. Employers or self-employed participants can apply for compensation towards costs associated with back-fill during placements. Rural participants may be eligible for reimbursement of travel, meal and accommodation costs.


You can book to attend a free, one-day workshop to learn more about the palliative approach to care in any setting, including management of common symptoms and supporting patients and care givers.

The workshops have been specifically designed for health professionals working in Victorian Aboriginal, aged care, health, nursing and medical sectors.

Workshops cover topics including:

  • The palliative approach to care
  • Common challenges for patients, families and caregivers
  • Caring for the professional caregiver
  • Communication in palliative care
  • Symptom management
  • Grief and loss
Register for a workshop

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Once you have completed a workshop you can apply to take part in a supervised clinical placement in a palliative care service. This is a great way to increase your confidence, skills and knowledge in caring for patients with a life-limiting illness.

Working side-by-side with palliative care professionals in palliative care services gives you the ability to see best practice care in action, ask questions and make ongoing connections with colleagues you can refer to for years to come.

Two-to-four day supervised clinical placements at specialist palliative care services in Victoria will enable you to:

  • Gain palliative care clinical skills
  • Increase your understanding of how to provide a palliative approach to care
  • Improve your ability to identify the needs of people with a serious illness
  • Strengthen your relationships with palliative care services
  • Identify personal coping strategies
  • Earn continuing professional development points
Apply for a Placement

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The aim of these activities is to provide opportunities for further professional development, building on the experience gained on the clinical placement.

Learn More About PEPA

PEPA National site - Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

Watch these informative short videos on the PEPA YouTube channel

PEPA Victoria Contact:

Molly Carlile
PEPA Victoria Manager
Phone: 03 92311926
Email: pepa@svha.org.au