Getting paediatric experience with PEPA

Categories: Education.

Four PEPA participants took part in five day supervised clinical placements encompassing the paediatric palliative care course and the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education’s research conference. Participants included Bundaberg junior doctor Halima Goss, Cairns Hospital registered nurse Trudi Jobling and senior social worker Jodi Sariman, and Julie Heath a registered nurse from Logan Hospital.

PEPA Queensland Manager Aurora Hodges says that specialists at the host site mentored participants with the goal of incorporating the palliative approach to care in their workplace as well as encouraging stronger linkages with specialist services.

She said participants could observe the multidisciplinary approach to palliative care through ward rounds, case conferences, team and family meetings, home visits and in-service sessions.

As part of the PEPA process, the participants were encouraged to reflect on the observations they made during their placement. All said that they enjoyed their experience with the service, finding it beneficial to their paediatric health care roles.

Click here to read the feedback of the participants and the full article on the Australian edition of ehospice.