Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

About PEPA

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach [PEPA] is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing since 2003.

PEPA provides health care workers and practitioners, from a range of disciplines, 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.

To find out more, visit the PEPA website.

A PEPA/IPEPA placement usually involves:

  • A supervised placement with a specialist palliative care team is typically 2-4 days.

o    You may attend your placement as a single block of time, (or occasionally on separate days over a period of weeks). Placements are usually done individually so that the specialist palliative care host team have the appropriate time and resources to support your learning needs.

  • Post Placement ‘reflection of learning’
  • Post Placement ‘workplace activity’ to share your learning with a team (to be completed within 3 months of placement)

For more information about The PEPA Placement Learning Pathway please follow this link:

Target Disciplines:

  • 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.

Available Opportunities

PEPA Placements:

PEPA/IPEPA placements support health professionals to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in caring for people affected by life-limiting illness in day-to-day practice.

Reverse PEPA Placements:

Reverse PEPA placements involve a palliative care specialist coming to your workplace to provide customised learning for a small group.

PEPA Workshops

The PEPA team runs a series of palliative care workshops to improve understanding and practice of healthcare workforce in the palliative approach to care.

What supports are available to help me participate in the program?

PEPA Placements are a minimum of 2 days (including reverse PEPAs) and maximum of 4 days. There are no support payments for PEPA workshops. Some supports are provided for both placements and host sites are per our support schedule.

Please download our PEPA SA Participant and Host Site Support Schedule below form more information.

PEPA Resources & Forms