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'Delivering Culturally Inclusive Palliative Care' workshop in Gippsland

On June 29th the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing teamed up with Gippsland Palliative Care Consortium and Gippsland Multicultural Services to present the Delivering Culturally Inclusive Palliative Care Workshop. The workshop, held at the Italo-Australian Club in Morwell, was attended by 45 aged care professionals working across the South Gippsland region.

The full day program began with an overview of current palliative care practice presented by Mary Ross-Heazlewood from Gippsland Palliative Care Consortium. Ljubica Petrov from the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing followed with a presentation on the issues affecting the palliative care of older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and challenges for palliative care service providers. Tonina Gucciardo-Masci, also from the Centre, then delivered a session exploring culturally inclusive practices in person centred care. The after- lunch session was dedicated to group work where participants explored strategies and initiatives which they could apply to their own work practices and organisations.

Feedback from participants was very positive and included comments such as: “I found the practical exercises, stories and examples shared by the speakers valuable. The information was current, dynamic and epitomised the philosophy of human services”; “I found this training very interesting and enjoyable”; “Great workshop, I am hoping to put together a kit of resources for the staff and manager” and “Great day very informative and entertaining!”.