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About Us

OUR VISION

To support people with a life-limiting illness to live well.


OUR BACKGROUND

Palliative Care South East provides palliative care in the south east metropolitan region of Melbourne. We support people with a life threatening illness to live well and, in doing so, offer support at home to improve the quality of life of individuals, carers and families.

We provide specialist palliative care services to people of all ages, free of charge, wherever your home may be. Our services are provided in the Local Government areas of Cardinia, Casey, Greater Dandenong and part of Kingston.

Our service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can contact us to discuss any concerns you may have at any time.

People can be referred to us by treating doctors, local hospitals, treating specialists, allied health professionals, by self or by family members and friends.

Our story began in 1984, when families in the Dandenong area wanted better care for people with a life threatening illness. They believed that life should be defined in terms of quality. Prior to 1984, no community palliative care services were available and our organisation was funded in the initial years with support from local businesses, churches and the local community.

Whilst our name has changed over time, the vision of our founders has been realised and will continue to change as our community changes, through expansion of our services into the future. We have a truly multidisciplinary team of health professionals and volunteers who provide care and support to people with a life-threatening illness and their families and friends.

 

Our Values

At Palliative Care South East we have four core values.

Our Values

At Palliative Care South East we have four core values.

Respect

We respect all people for who they are.

Innovation

We actively explore and respond to opportunities for creativity.

Integrity

We are open, honest and accountable.

Enablement

We are the keystone enabling our communities to exercise choice and flourish.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

Palliative Care South East acknowledges the Bunurong and Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the land and we pay our respects to the Bunurong and Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging.


CULTURAL DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY

Palliative Care South East is committed to providing a workplace and service culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity and embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees, volunteers, clients, their families and carers.


Annual reports

Palliative Care South East annual reports provide information on our performance, mission and history. The reports highlight our achievements to our stakeholders and our community.

‘…I have nothing but the highest praise for your staff and service. Nothing was ever too much bother and the caring nature of your staff was just brilliant.’

( Son and carer of a client, Jan 2017)

“I rang SEPC after hours number and spoke to a nurse. I just wanted to know that I wasn’t completely alone with what was happening”.

...From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank the staff who cared for my mother...the promptness of the service was exceptional...the nurse gave mum the dignity and respect she so very much deserved... supported the family...explained everything clearly...

Daughter and carer of a client (Nov 2016)

“I would come home [from work] and cry myself to sleep… I was a mess… I did ask for Counselling through Palliative Care South East, [the counsellor] would come to see me each week at first. She was great. She told me that grief can take years, and that everyone deals with it differently, and that people will say “I understand”, but unless you have experienced it, you cannot understand”.

"Thank you for your [the care team’s] loving manner, your professional competency was awe inspiring. You all excel at your very important service to the community."

(Family, Oct 2016)

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides strategic guidance and oversight of our organisation playing a key role by setting the vision, mission and values by which we operate.

The Board play an integral role in setting the future direction of Palliative Care South East, mindful of the constantly changing environment in which we provide care. Our Directors are all volunteers and commit a large amount of time, effort and energy for the benefit of our local community.

Ms Diane Sullivan AM

Chair of the Board

Mr Bill Baker

Director

Audit & Risk Sub Committee

Mrs Patty Hodder

Director

Clinical Governance Sub Committee

Ms Jennifer De Vos

Director

Innovation & Development Sub Committee

Cr Graeme Legge, OAM JP

Director

Dr Wes Jame

Director

Ms Niloo Amendra

Director

Ms Jennifer Sirca

Director

People

WHY WORK WITH US

Palliative Care South East is an attractive and principled employer. This means sustaining a positive culture which values and is supportive of its employees and volunteers.

We do this by maintaining a workplace environment that reflects our core values of respect, innovation, integrity and enablement, and by demonstrating trust, honesty and compassion in all that we do.

We achieve this by:
  • Placing our clients, their carers and families at the centre of what we do
  • Demonstrating leadership driven by contemporary palliative care approaches and practices
  • Providing an environment for continuous learning that celebrates achievement and embraces change
  • Encouraging staff to take up challenges and look for opportunities for improvement
  • Facilitating individual personal and professional growth
  • Building collaborative and positive teams
  • Providing a safe and flexible work environment
  • Offering competitive salaries and conditions including salary packaging

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

We are pleased to have the following career opportunities available:

Position title: Carer Educator

Position description:

A part time vacancy exists for a suitably qualified and experienced Carer Educator.

The Carer Educator is responsible for the design, development and delivery of education to support carers and families of clients living with a life threatening illness. The Carer Educator will develop and deliver benchmark peer support and carer educator programs to compliment a new carer education kit.

This position works within an interdisciplinary team and requires strong interpersonal skills, the ability to rapidly build rapport and the skills to navigate often complex relationships.

To apply, please submit your application to HR@palliativecarese.org.au prior to COB Friday 6th October, 2017.

You must include the following:

  • A covering letter no more than two (2) pages in length
  • A current Resume/CV no more than three (3) pages in length
  • Evidence of qualifications, registration and/or credentials as follows:
    • Essential: Relevant tertiary qualifications in Health, Nursing or Applied Science
    • Essential: Current AHPRA registration or a relevant professional association (for non AHPRA regulated practitioners)
    • Essential: Recent National Criminal History (Police) Check
    • Working with Children Check
    • Essential: Drivers Licence valid for use in Victoria
    • Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment or equivalent (desirable)

Contract type: Part time - 0.4 EFT (2 days per week)

Closing date: Friday 6th October 2017

For further information, contact Kerry Lee, Innovation & Development Officer

Position title: Community Liaison Officer

Position description:

A part-time vacancy exists for a suitably qualified and experienced Community Liaison Officer.

The Community Liaison Officer plays a pivotal role liaising with clients and their carers to facilitate access to timely and appropriate palliative care and work to facilitate and build strong communication pathways between Palliative Care South East (PCSE) and community services such as General Practitioners, palliative care doctors, after-hours service providers and other services in the community.

To apply, please submit your application to HR@palliativecarese.org.au prior to COB on Friday 6th October 2017.

You must include the following:

  • A covering letter of no more than two (2) pages in length
  • A current Resume/CV of no more than three (3) pages in length
  • Evidence of qualifications, registration and/or credentials as follows:
    • Essential: Relevant tertiary qualifications in Health, Disability, Social Sciences, Community Development or Health Promotion
    • Essential: Recent National Criminal History (Police) Check
    • Essential: Drivers licence valid for use in Victoria
    • Essential: Current AHPRA registration or a relevant professional association (for non AHPRA regulated practitioners)
    • Postgraduate qualification in palliative care (desirable)

Contract type: Part time -0.4 EFT (2 days per week)

Closing date: Friday 6 October 2017

For further enquiries, please call Kerry Lee, Innovation & Development Officer