Palliative care education for GPs in 2020

Updated 4 Dec 2019.

Cancer Council WA's Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) team have a great calendar of evidence-based education events lined up for General Practitioners in 2020.

PaSCE aims to increase knowledge for all health professionals caring for patients with a life limiting illness in all settings. 

As stated in the Therapeutic Guidelines[2], "Any general practitioner or specialist who cares for patients with life-limiting illness can adopt a palliative approach to a patient's care".

There are multiple workshops suitable for General Practitioners that will enable you to apply a palliative approach to patients or upskill your palliative care knowledge.

Upcoming education events

Communications workshop - various dates

One common barrier to the best practice of palliative care is communication with patients and their families[2]. PaSCE are proud to offer a Communication workshop, Eliciting and Responding to Emotional Cues that aims to enhance communication skills for all health professionals. Find out more.

Prescribing Medicinal Cannabinoids in Palliative Care - 4 February 2020

Join esteemed Advance Practice Pharmacist Penelope Tuffin as she presents on the latest evidence and legalities of prescribing medicinal cannabis in WA. This short video conference is targeted as doctors, registered nurses, enrolled nurses and pharmacists. Find out more.

Emergencies in Palliative Care - 4 March 2020

Despite all the best planning, medical emergencies can occur in your patients. Rapid recognition and response is vital to ensure reduced suffering and maintain quality of your palliative patient's life. In March, we are excited to have Dr Yamin Myat Aye, Palliative Care Physician and Pilbara Regional Consultant present on Emergencies in Palliative Care. Find out more.

Principles of Palliative Care Workshops - various dates

Palliative care prides itself on its multi-disciplinary approach. PaSCE offer Modules 1 & 2, Principles of Palliative Care workshops, run by Natalie Panizza, a highly experienced Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner from Royal Perth Hospital. These workshops are designed to meet the needs of the General Practitioner in the current health climate. 

More information

If you are interested in finding out more about the education opportunities offered by the PaSCE team, please email to be added to our mailing list.

You can also find further palliative care education opportunities from our colleagues at PEPA - Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach.


[1] Therapeutic Guidelines, Palliative Care, V4, 2016
[2] Herrmann et al. BMC Palliative Care (2019) 18:90



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