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Taking into account the WA Government’s latest easing of restrictions, Cancer Council WA and PEPA are working on plans to resume face-to-face education.

We understand that there is still uncertainty around health and safety within our community, so we will also continue to offer video conference sessions.

Please be assured that health and safety is our main priority and all face-to-face education sessions will follow physical distancing and hygiene requirements and we will also be limiting participant numbers to ensure a safe environment for all.

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If you or someone you know has cancer and are concerned, please call our cancer nurses on 13 11 20.   

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What is PEPA?

PEPA is an education program that provides health professionals with an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in the palliative approach by undertaking a supervised clinical attachment within selected speciality palliative care services in Perth and regional areas.

How is it funded?

PEPA is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Palliative Care Program. The Cancer Council Western Australia's Palliative and Supportive Care Education Team (PaSCE) manages this program in WA.

How long is the PEPA Program being funded?

The project is currently funded until June 2020.

What is the duration of placement?

The supervised clinical attachments run for four days for general practitioners (GPs), three days for nurses and allied health professionals and two days for Aboriginal health workers and patient care assistants.

Do I receive Professional development points?

Continuing professional development points have been allocated to this program by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

Are there any additional costs involved?

Rural participants are funded for travel and accommodation which is organised by the PEPA coordinator. Participants, employers and self-employed GPs can also apply to be compensated for costs associated with backfilling for participating staff and locum cover.

Is there any post placement support?

The PEPA coordinator will supply the participant with ongoing palliative care information and upcoming events and each PEPA participant is entitled to attend one free workshop of their choice, presented by the Cancer Council PaSCE team, within a year of their placement. To apply, please contact the PEPA coordinator.

Who do I contact for further information?

If you would like further information on the PEPA program, please contact
the PEPA Coordinator on 9382 9372 , the PaSCE team on 9382 9300 or visit

How do I apply?

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