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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 2023.

What is the duration of placement?

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

Do I receive Professional development points?

This program is supported by several professional organisations who recognise participation in the program as an important professional development activity. 

Certificates of attendance indicating the hours of educational experience (placements or workshops) will be provided to you following completion of all post-placement activities and reports which may be used to record and report your CPD to your professional organisation, as required for registration.

Are there any additional costs involved?

Placement participants may qualify for a contribution towards professional development to support employers or self-employed healthcare workers and professionals.  Rural participants may also receive a contribution for travel and accommodation, if required, to attend a placement opportunity.  For more information on contributions towards placement participation please contact the PEPA coordinator. 

Is there any post placement support?

Participants will be sent information and upcoming PEPA and Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) educational events.

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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