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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.

Mr Barry Small

Chair - Board of Directors

Emeritus Professor Margaret O'Connor AM

Director

Ms Cathy Lengyel

Director

Mr Ken Parsons

Director

Mr Michael Whelan

Director

Ms Alison Smith

Director

Ms Tanya McPharlane

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

 

Position title: Community Palliative Care Nurse 3A

Position description:

Working within an interdisciplinary team, the Community Palliative Care Nurse will manage palliative symptomatic issues holistically, providing direct and/or consultative specialist palliative care for clients and their families/carers in their homes.

The Community Palliative Care Nurse will participate in care coordination and case management in partnership with appropriate external stakeholders or community service providers as requested.The Community Palliative Care Nurse will display high levels of professional behaviors at all times and promote a positive workplace culture.

Position Objective

The Community Palliative Care Registered Nurse 3A is a position that provides clinical palliative care nursing under the direction of the Senior Palliative Care Nursing team.

Please read the Position description before applying, if you have any enquirers please call the People & Culture department on 03 5991 1300

 

Apply to the People & Culture department with a cover letter and CV attached to hr@palliativecarese.org.au


Contract type: Full time, Part time

Closing date: 28th January 2020

People & Culture Department

Position title: Senior Community Palliative Care Nurse 3B

Position description:

Working as a senior nurse within an interdisciplinary team, they will manage palliative symptomatic issues holistically, providing direct and/or consultative specialist palliative care for clients and their families/carers in their homes.

The senior nurse will participate in complex care coordination and case management in partnership with appropriate external stakeholders or community service providers as requested.They will provide support to their teams, including Intake, Aged Care and day to day operational team duties.

The senior nurse will provide leadership, mentoring and staff development to members of their team. High levels of professional behaviours will always be displayed, and the promotion of a positive workplace culture is essential.

The senior nurse will play a key role in assisting and promoting change management.

Position Objective

The Senior Community Palliative Care Nurse 3B position is a senior clinical leadership role and provides leadership and support within the nursing team in their day to day operational duties.

Qualifications

Registered Nurse (Division 1)

Postgraduate qualification in palliative care

At least 5 years’ experience in palliative care

Please read the Position description before applying, if you have any enquirers please call the people & culture department on 03 5991 1300

Apply to the People & Culture department with a cover letter and CV attached to hr@palliativecarese.org.au

 

 



 

Contract type: Full time, Part Time

Closing date: 28th January 2020

People & Culture Department