Following on from the recent, National Palliative Care week, Palliative Care Australia has announced a new scholarship to enable aged care workers to support costs associated in attending the Australian Palliative Care Conference ( 6 – 8 September, 2017).

The Decision Assist and Palliative Care Australia Continuing Professional Development Scholarships will provide 38 aged care workers the opportunity to learn more about palliative care.

The biennial Australian Palliative Care Conference is the pre-eminent event in Australia for anyone who is interested in quality palliative care at the end of life.

The conference provides access to more than 800 clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers and offers the participant the opportunity to mix with providers of palliative care, volunteers and consumers.

A report recently released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) outlines the increase in access to palliative care services in hospitals. It states that palliative care is the greatest type of increase in hospitalisation incidents, rising by 19% between 2010/11 and 2014/15 financial years.

Palliative Care Australia Chief Executive Officer, Liz Callaghan reflected that it is the reduced access to community based palliative care options, outside major hospitals, that is leaving regional and rural hospitals to fulfil this role.

AIHW Spokesperson Matthew James, said, ‘Although it’s difficult to be definite about the reasons for the rise, Australia’s growing and aging population-paired with a rise in chronic and incurable illnesses-has broadened the type of patients requiring palliative care.’

Regional hospitals typically employ half as many specialist palliative physicians per every 100,000 residents, as hospitals in major cities, further compromising the choices of people in those areas.

Read more about the report findings here: http://agedcareguide.com.au/talking-aged-care/palliative-care-report-reveals-system-is-failing-rural-australians

The scholarship is open to all aged care professionals, especially those that deliver services to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) or Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender and Intersex (LBGTI) communities.

The successful applicant will receive between $3000 – $3900 (depending on geographic location) to meet costs, including travel, accommodation and pre-conference workshop.

The Australian Palliative Care Conference ( 6 – 8 September, 2017 ) will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. A pre-conference workshop is scheduled for Tuesday 5th September 2017. 

The application process is simple, and closes at 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on 30 June 2017.

 More information about the scholarships can be found at http://pca2017.org.au/scholarships/form/