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International Education, Training & Consulting Opportunities

Banksia Palliative Care Service Inc.

International Education, Training & Consulting Opportunities

Banksia welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with our international colleagues to enable best practise in palliative care.

Any inquiries in relation to developing partnerships, please contact our Executive Officer, Julie Paul on juliep@banksiapalliative.com.au or telephone 613 94550822

International Partnerships


Since 2000, Banksia has developed strong links with visiting Japanese Health Professionals, who visit Banksia for palliative care workshops and clinical observation visits. As a result of receiving independent funding separate to their core budget, Banksia Staff have attended Japan annually since 2005 to deliver education and training to palliative care organisations.  Banksia has also provided education in Kuala Lumpur in 2006.

Banksia is actively seeking grant opportunities as there is an opportunity to expand the relationships in Japan, due to the excellent foundations laid over recent years.  This is a very exciting project for Banksia as there have been some wonderful relationships made.

In 2006, Banksia established a unique formal sister relationship with a palliative care organisation in Tokyo called “Pallium”.  Banksia is very proud of the relationships made with Japan.  As ambassadors for Australia, there is a strong mutual respect of each others expertise and cultural requirements, in how each country delivers community palliative care services.

For Japanese Visitors, please click on this link – takes you to a newsletter in Japanese language, which explains in detail the excellent services provided by Pallium in Japan

Pallium in Japan PDF

Director of Pallium (Japan) Hiromi Koh

Welcome sign to Julie Paul of Banksia displaying the affection and respect Pallium have of Banksia

Nurses of Pallium, detailing their support of the international exchange of knowledge

A significant event for Banksia occurred in October 2009, where Banksia formed a new Sister Relationship with Hospice Hawaii, United States of America, where a formal presentation and signing took place in Tokyo, Japan, in the presence of our other Sister Organisation, Pallium.

Banksia is privileged to be undertaking a Tri-Nation Research Study with both Sister Organisations focussing on the differences and similarities of  Volunteers in the 3 countries

Dr. Koh Kawagoe Director Pallium Hospice Japan, Julie Paul Executive Officer Banksia and Kenneth Zeri President Hospice Hawaii USA

In the period between 2006 to 2010 Banksia has progressed a partnership in education and cultural exchange with the Japanese Educational Clinical Cardiology Society, (JECCS), who are a very respected Japanese Health Organisation.

In February 2010, Nurses from Japan attended at Banksia for a one week  Palliative Care Education Course incorporating home visits, which was kindly sponsored by JECCS.

Front row from left;  Tim Paul Community Liaison Coordinator for Banksia, Dr. Tunekazu Takashina,MD,PhD,the Chief Director of JECCS, Julie Paul Executive Officer Banksia.

Rear from left: Mrs.Etuko Miyazaki..a Member of the Secretariate of JECCS, Dr. Masaya Kino.MD.PhD. the President of JECCS and Mrs.Kayoko Kinoshita.RN..a Member of the Board of Directors of JECCS

In 2010 and 2011 Banksia was privileged to receive grants from the Australia Japan Foundation AJF via The Department Foreign Affairs Trade, to travel to Japan.  Some examples of places Banksia presented at were Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Tottori and Tokyo.

Presentations were conducted at Universities, Hospitals, Nursing Colleges and Community Group settings.  These grants have enabled Banksia to strengthen relationships with Japanese Partners and promote community home based palliative care strategies within both countries.

ajflogohorizontal3Click on this link to read Palliative Care Victoria Vol 93 March Newsletter Article about the AJF grant funded trip by Banksia Staff to Japan in 2011.

Presentation of Aboriginal Art to from left Vice President Dr. Masayo Kino Japanese Educational Clinical Cardiology Society JECCS middle Committee Member Kaz Wakaybashi with Julie Paul Executive Officer Banksia

From left Dr. Koh Kawagoe Director Pallium – Julie Paul Executive Officer Banksia – Hiromi Kawagoe Pallium – Robyn Wright Quality Risk Coordinator Banksia

Meeting Government Dignitaries in Osaka Prefecture – in photo from top rear left Dr. Masayo Kino JECCS rear right Yoshihiro Takayama Director General front left Julie Paul Executive Officer Banksia front right Tetsuo Kaseyama Vice General

Julie Paul conducting presentations in November 2011 at Aichi University right and Osaka Nursing Association left.