Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

To watch a short testimonial video about PEPA click on the discipline of interest to hear about previous participants experience and to understand the benefits for you, your employer and of course your patients. 

Nursing and Allied Health Professionals 
Aged Care Staff
Aboriginal Health Workers

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach [PEPA] is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. PEPA began in 2003 as a means of providing health care workers and practitioners, from a range of disciplines, with an opportunity to undertake a clinical placement within a metropolitan or larger regional specialist palliative care service, to develop knowledge and skills in the palliative approach. The continuing success of PEPA has seen the renewal of contracts for the 2015 – 2017 period. PEPA is managed at a national level by the Queensland University of Technology and in South Australia by Palliative Care SA.


The growing demand for palliative care means that increasingly health professionals are called upon to provide palliative care as a core part of their practice. This requires an informed health sector, with health care providers aware of, and committed to, the benefits that palliative care offers to people with a life-limiting disease and their families.

Palliative care is not limited to the final weeks of life. It can contribute to care decisions early in the course of any life-limiting disease and is relevant to managing symptoms in many clinical situations. PEPA aims to improve the quality, availability and access to palliative care for people who are dying and their families.

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) Update

Feedback from participants, employers and host sites, confirms that PEPA continues to be a valuable means of providing experience and skills to a wide range of health care professionals engaged in end-of-life care.

PEPA will continue to: 

  • Provide opportunities to ensure palliative care providers are aware of, and provide culturally appropriate palliative care and end of life support including care preferences, spiritual requirements and bereavement expression; and
  • Further improve the skill and confidence of the generalist workforce to work with people with palliative care needs.

The target group focus for PEPA 2015-2017 is:

  • Primary care providers 
  • Aged care providers (residential and community) 
  • Aboriginal health workers, liaison officers and practitioners 
  • GP's and Medical practitioners
  • Nurses, RN/EN
  • Allied health professionals
  • Aged care workers
  • Community care workers; and
  • Health professionals servicing culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) populations.

Consider what PEPA can offer you, as well as the agency in which you work and the community which you serve.

The information kit will assist and clarify the application process for those interested in a PEPA placement.  Download the information guide for participants and complete the application form.  

Please send the completed application form to the PEPA Project at Suite 3b, 62-66 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside, SA 5063.

For more information please call

Palliative Care SA 
T: 08 8271 1643 

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