Eastern Victoria GP Training (EV) is delighted to announce the introduction of Palliative Care Advanced Skills Post for Gippsland GP Registrars commencing in February 2021.

The post is the result of collaboration by EV, Monash Health and Latrobe Regional Health which commenced in 2018. The three organisations were committed to strengthening Palliative Care GP skills and capacity in the region and looked to establish funding and supervision solutions to support the post.

This Advanced Skills Post will be funded as part of Victorian Rural Generalist Program (VRGP), and will augment Gippsland’s existing community palliative care service providers. While palliative services have been increased over the years in Gippsland with a new centre and increased provision of cancer patient care, this post will assist in filling the gap in patient demands even further.

“This post will have a huge impact on patients requiring palliative care in our region. Currently, palliative care is delivered in the region by extraordinarily skilled community-based nursing teams who often rely on support from specialists outside the region. Nurturing and developing the palliative care skills of our local GPs and registrars is vital for ensuring patients and their families have access to the best care available where they live ” says Dr Elisabeth Wearne, EV’s Deputy Director of Medical Education & Training – Rural.

The first doctor to fill the post in 2021 will be Dr Damian Hannon, a current EV registrar undertaking his training in Gippsland. He will spend 6 months at Monash Health, Clayton, under the supervision of Dr Peter Poon, and 6 months at Latrobe Regional Health doing both inpatient and outpatient (community work) under the supervision of Dr Amanda Ormerod.

“Now we have both funding and supervision finalised, we are excited to be commencing the post in early 2021. We are thankful to the VRGP, DHHS and PMCV for accrediting and funding the post, and to our partners, Monash Health and Latrobe Regional Health, for their support and commitment to make this happen,” said Dr Wearne.