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Supporting Palliative Care Patients in Residential Care: Deprescribing, Pain Management & Anticipatory Medications in Palliative Care

Thu 4th November @ 7:00 pm

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) invites GPs, Primary Care Nurses, Residential Aged Care Staff, Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists to an update on Palliative Care in the Northern Sydney region. This webinar will cover Deprescribing, Pain Management & Anticipatory Medications in Palliative Care. Including information on Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) tools and Palliative Care Needs Rounds


This webinar will be recorded.


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Thu 4th November

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Dr Abbie Franklin – MBChB Hons, FRACGP, FAChPM
Palliative Care Specialist & Staff Specialist, Northern Beaches Hospital.
Abbi has experience in critical care, general medicine, emergency medicine and psychiatry. She was awarded the Iris and Edward Gawthorn Award from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners upon completion of her training in General Practice. Subsequently, Abbie completed training in palliative medicine, including undertaking a pain fellowship at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and a research project looking into advance care planning in primary care.

Prof Claire Johnson – RN, Ph
Professor Claire Johnson is the national director of the Palliative Aged Care outcomes Program (PACOP) at the Australian Health Services Research Institute. Claire will lead the development and implementation of PACOP to promote excellence in end of life care in residential aged care. In previous roles, including the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair of Palliative Care Nursing (Monash University) and Clinical Lead for End of Life Care (Eastern Health, Melbourne), Claire directed an extensive portfolio of clinical, behavioural and translational research to improve the quality and safety of care for people diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and of their families.

Carolyn Moir, Palliative Care Consultant BaptistCare
Carolyn has many years’ experience as a registered nurse; with post graduate qualifications in nursing management, adult education, business and palliative care. Her role as a Clinical Consultant Palliative Care in the BaptistCare in the Care Development Unit includes supporting and leading improvements in palliative care, clinical governance, policy development and key projects across 18 RCFs. Carolyn developed and rolled out the BaptistCare Palliative Approach called the Affirm, Balance and Comfort stages. With a strong research focus Carolyn has engaged the organisation in PCOC (PACOP), ELDAC and PACCS projects. Carolyn is in the final testing stage of developing a dementia EoLC tool as a doctoral candidate at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

Peter Hakewill, CMO, Dr’s on Call
Dr Peter Hakewell has close to 40 years of clinical medical experience, in a vast majority of clinical settings, giving him unparalleled experience in leading our team of doctors to treat patients in a wide variety of settings and fields. Peter is the founder of MSF Australia (Médecins Sans Frontieres – Doctors without Borders), having also spent close 20 years with MSF and the UNHCR, he has been posted to some of the most remote, underprivileged and medically challenging locations in the world, such as Rwanda, Afghanistan and Ethiopia. Since returning to Australia, he has turned his focus to providing medical care to those in need within the local community with a strong focus on the elderly and mental health.

Transitional Nurse Practitioners: Palliative Aged Care:
Alyssa Kim is a Palliative Aged Care Transitional Nurse Practitioner within Northern Sydney Local Health District, based at Royal North Shore and Ryde Hospital, covering the lower North Shore region. Alyssa worked in the Drug & Alcohol service, community palliative care, Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) outreach service in the Sydney Local Health District. Alyssa has provided care for palliative symptom management and support as well as a comprehensive assessment for residents in RACF in particular individuals with advanced dementia. She also actively participated in Advanced Care Planning review alongside family conferences in the residential aged care facility to discuss goals of care and preferred end-of-life care pathway.

Kelly Arthurs is a Palliative Aged Care Transitional Nurse Practitioner within the Northern Sydney Local Health District, based on the Northern Beaches. She has over 18 years of experience working in Palliative Care as a Clinician and Educator. Kelly has provided symptom management and end of life care in various settings including: Palliative Care Units, the Community, Aged Care, and Private and Public Hospital Consultation. Kelly has extensive experience in mentoring and delivering education for nurses, care workers, and General Practitioners in palliative care and advance care planning. More recently Kelly’s focus has been on improving quality end of life care for people living with dementia.

Sushila Khadka is a Palliative Aged Care Transitional Nurse Practitioner within Northern Sydney Local Health District, based at Hornsby Hospital, covering the upper north shore region. Sushila has over 10 years’ experience in aged care and critical care, including the last 3 years’ as Chronic Health and Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant for an aged care provider.  During her time as Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant, she has provided care to residents with symptom management and end of life care. She has experience supporting families and staff at the residential aged care facilities with education, advance care planning and implementing Palliative Care Needs Rounds to some facilities. Sushila is passionate about improving end of life care experience and creating capacity within residential aged care facilities to enhance palliative care.

Gay Lavery CNC QEOLC Project
Gay is a Palliative Care Nurse Consultant with Hammond Care.
Gay has many years’ experience as a Registered Nurse in the community; with post graduate qualifications in Midwifery, Tresillian, Cancer Nursing & Palliative care. She has worked in Community Palliative Care for Hammond Care for the past 10 years, supporting clients at home, in RACF & providing In reach services to local hospitals.
Her current role is with the Primary Health Network Palliative Care Quality End of Life Project (PCQEOL Project). This includes supporting RACF with identifying Residents who would benefit from Palliative approach to their care using Palliative Care Needs Rounds & PCOC’s assessment tools.


General Practitioners, Primary Care Nurses, Residential Aged Care Staff, Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists.

  • Discuss prognostication towards the end of life
  • Enable prompt symptom relief through the use of anticipatory medication prescribing
  • Describe the Palliative Care assessment and referral processes currently used in the Northern Sydney region
  • Implement the use of validated assessment tools & language including Palliative Care Needs Rounds, Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) &  PACOP


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