Applying a Diversity Lens to End of Life Care

Applying a Diversity Lens to End of Life Care

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The series aims to equip staff & leaders working in aged care with knowledge & skills to meet the needs of consumers from CALD backgrounds

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This webinar unpacks culturally diverse perspectives on end of life care and approaches to death and dying amongst diverse communities. It features case studies from the PICAC Alliance with perspectives from peak bodies exploring the confluence between cultural sensitivity and end of life care.

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Helen is employed by the Tasmanian Health Service as the Clinical Nurse Educator for the PEPA (Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach) program. She is a registered nurse and has worked in both the acute care and aged care sectors, and for a lengthy period of time in Aboriginal health.

The PEPA program is one of 12 National Palliative Care Projects funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health since 2003. The objectives of the program are to build the capacity of the healthcare workforce to provide high quality palliative care. Helen is mindful that everyone in Australia has the right to access high quality palliative care, and that it is essential that this care is culturally responsive to the needs of our diverse community. As such, Helen has been working with the Migrant Resource Centre and it’s PICAC Officers to revise and co-facilitate the palliative approach to care for culturally and linguistically diverse community workshops. These workshops have been well received in Tasmania.

Helen is a current Board Member of Karadi Aboriginal Corporation and, Palliative Care Tasmania.

Nora Fernandes brings many years’ experience in community development, housing rights, refugee trauma and advocacy to her current work in Palliative Care Victoria. In her current role as Community Engagement Manager she seeks to address access and equity issues of cultural and gender diverse minorities within the palliative care sector.

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