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PEPA - Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

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PEPA has been offering clinical placements and workshop education in the Northern Territory since 2003 as part of the National Palliative Care program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

PEPA offers supervised clinical placements at all times of the year.

The aim of the PEPA is to improve the quality, availability and access to palliative care for people who have life-limiting illnesses and their families. PEPA provides clinical workforce placements in the specialised palliative care service in Darwin and/or Alice Springs for primary health care practitioners from a wide range of disciplines including:

  • Aboriginal Health Workers, Aboriginal Liaison Officers and Interpreters
  • Allied Health workers including Pastoral Care Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social workers, Dieticians, Speech Pathologists. 
  • Nurses - Registered and Enrolled
  • Residential and Aged Care workers and Patient Care Assistants
  • General Practitioners
  • Specialist palliative care providers

(Eligibility criteria apply)

These clinical placements have continuing professional development points allocated and are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, in partnership with the Northern Territory Government Department of Health.

Territory Palliative Care offers placements with the specialist palliative care team in the community in both Top End and Central Australia and in a state of the art facility, Territory Hospice, opened in 2005. Experiences offered at this customised, purpose built facility greatly enhances the placement for participants.

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Territory Hospice, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus Opened 2005Territory Hospice External View of RoomsTerritory Hospice Spiritual RoomTerritory Hospice Bedroom

To expand your knowledge and skill in a flexible way and at a time that suits you and your employer, please apply. Learning objectives are set by the participant and achieved with the help of a Mentor.


Community Outreach Program (Reverse PEPA)  

The PEPA Aboriginal Health Educator conducts workshops on the palliative approach and fundamental palliative care for Indigenous health care practitioners in NT communities.

 NT Care Model Poster.

For further information, contact:

Cindy Paardekooper                                                           
NT PEPA Project Manager                                                 NT PEPA Aboriginal Education Officer
Phone: (08) 8922 7679                                                      Phone (08) 8922 7679   
Fax: (08) 8922 6775                                                            Fax: (08) 8922 6775
Email: [click here to send email]                                     

The NT PEPA 2010-2011 Final Progress Report is available: NT PEPA Final Report 2010-2011 (Adobe PDF document - 445KB)

This program is an initiative of and funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing, under the National Palliative Care Program