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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 Natalie Sullivan

Chair - Board of Directors

Mr Barry Small

Deputy 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 (CPCN)

Position description:

Based in Cranbourne, Palliative Care South East (PCSE) provides specialist palliative in-home care of the highest standard to people with a life limiting illness according to our core values of Respect, Innovation, Integrity and Enablement.

 

PCSE provides a supportive work environment that celebrates achievement, embraces innovation and offers competitive remuneration, salary packaging, continuing professional development opportunities and access to various workforce support programs.

 

Casual Bank vacancy exists for suitably qualified and experienced Palliative Care Nurses to provide specialist palliative care services for clients and their families/carers in their homes.

 

To apply, please submit your application to HR@palliativecarese.org.au. You must include:

  • A Covering Letter of no more than two (2) page/s in length
  • A current Resume/CV of no more than three (3) page/s in length
  • Evidence of qualifications, registration and/or credentials as follows:
    • Essential: Current AHPRA registration
    • Essential: Recent National Criminal History (‘Police’) Check
    • Essential: Working with Children Check
    • Essential: Drivers Licence valid for use in Victoria.
    • Desirable: Post-graduate qualification in Palliative Care and/or demonstrable expertise in this field
    • Desirable: Experience in a community-based setting

For further enquiries, please call the HR Administrator on 03 5991 1300 during business hours (Mon-Fri) or by email HR@palliativecarese.org.au

 

Contract type: Casual Bank Nurse

Closing date:

For further information, contact the HR Administrator

Position title: Community Palliative Care Nurse - Grade 3A Year 1

Position description:

 

Based in Cranbourne, Palliative Care South East (PCSE) provides specialist palliative in-home care of the highest standard to people with a life limiting illness according to our core values of Respect, Innovation, Integrity and Enablement.

PCSE provides a supportive work environment that celebrates achievement, embraces innovation and offers competitive remuneration, salary packaging, continuing professional development opportunities and access to various workforce support programs.

A part time vacancy exists for suitably qualified and experienced Grade 3A - Year 1 Palliative Care Nurse to provide specialist palliative care services for clients and their families/carers in their homes.

To apply, please submit your application to HR@palliativecarese.org.au. You must include:

  • A Covering Letter of no more than two (2) page/s in length
  • A current Resume/CV of no more than three (3) page/s in length
  • Evidence of qualifications, registration and/or credentials as follows:
    • Essential: Current AHPRA registration
    • Essential: Recent National Criminal History (‘Police’) Check
    • Essential: Working with Children Check
    • Essential: Drivers Licence valid for use in Victoria.
    • Desirable: Post-graduate qualification in Palliative Care and/or demonstrable expertise in this field
    • Desirable: Experience in a community-based setting

For further enquiries, please call the HR Administrator on 03 5991 1300 during business hours (Mon-Fri) or by email HR@palliativecarese.org.au

Contract type: Part Time - 34.2 hours per week

Closing date: Friday 20th July 2018

For further information, contact Anne Clarke

Position title: Quality, Safety and Risk Coordinator

Position description:

A part time vacancy exists for a suitably qualified and experienced Quality, Safety and Risk Coordinator.

Based in Cranbourne, Palliative Care South East (PCSE) provides specialist palliative in-home care of the highest standard to terminally ill people according to our core values of Respect, Innovation, Integrity and Enablement.

PCSE provides a supportive work environment that celebrates achievement, embraces innovation and offers competitive remuneration, salary packaging, continuing professional development opportunities and access to various workforce support programs.

The Quality, Safety and Risk Coordinator is a hands on role responsible for PCSE’s continuous quality improvement, compliance and risk management, ensuring the organisation operates in accordance with applicable standards and complies with regulatory and accreditation requirements.

This position is also responsible for maintaining PCSE’s risk register; coordinating the accreditation process; coordinating the development and maintenance of policies and procedures and ensuring that statutory reporting requirements are fulfilled.

The incumbent interacts with staff at all levels of the organisation and assists the General Manager of Corporate Services (GMCorp) and General Manager of Clinical Services (GMCS) in supporting the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee and Service Quality and Clinical Governance Committee.

To apply, please submit your cover letter and CV to HR@palliativecarese.org.au.

 

Contract type: Part Time - 0.8EFT (30.4 hours or 4 days per week)

Closing date:

For further information, contact Anne Clarke