This section will keep you up to date with news and events in the palliative care community. Please note that links below were current at time of posting, however links may become obsolete as websites update content.
New Pain app for GPs
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE) have jointly developed a free app and website for GPs to help better manage patients in pain at or near the end of their lives.
Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2012
A new ABS reports shows that 2.7 million people in Australia provided informal care to an older person or someone with a disability or long-term health condition in 2012. The survey shows that there are more female carers (56 per cent) in Australia than males (44 per cent) and 1 in 5 carers is aged between 55 and 64 years.
Palliative care services in Australia 2013
This report produced by AIHW provides an overview of palliative care activity in Australia. There were almost 54,500 palliative care-related separations reported in public and private hospitals in 2010-11. Almost $3.5 million in Medicare Benefits Schedule payments was paid for palliative medicine specialist services in 2011-12.
National report on Patient Outcomes in Palliative Care in Australia: January – June 2013
PCOC assists services to improve the quality of the palliative care they provide through the analysis and benchmarking of patient outcomes. In this, the fifteenth PCOC report, data submitted for the January - June 2013 period are summarised and patient outcomes benchmarked. This report is the first to include the new information collected under Version 3 of the PCOC dataset.
Cancer Pain Guidance
A new online tool provides health practitioners and patients with the latest clinical evidence- based information about cancer pain management in adults. Cancer Pain Management in Adults: Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines adapted for use in Australia is hosted by Cancer Council Australia‘s website and was developed jointly by HammondCare and Improving Palliative Care through Clinical Trials (ImPaCCT).
Palliative Care Research Network Victoria (PCRNV) PhD Scholarships Announcement
The Palliative Care Research Network Victoria (PCRNV) will be offering PhD scholarships in 2014, for Victorian students that are able to conduct high quality research into palliative care– leading to immediate patient benefit.
Cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The AUHW report, Cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia: An overview, provides a comprehensive picture of cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. It provides information on incidence, mortality and survival rates.
NHMRC Research Application Outcomes
The outcomes for the following NHMRC grant schemes have been announced: Project Grants, Research Fellowships, Practitioner Fellowships, Career Development Fellowships, Early Career Fellowships, NHMRC-European Union Collaborative Research Grants, Partnership Project Grants and Translating Research into Practice Fellowships.
Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
PASCOP is a national network of organisations that provide the support, care and/or accommodation of older people enabling meaningful ageing.
IAHPC: Manual of Palliative Care ‐ 3rd edition
The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Manual of Palliative Care has been revised and updated, and is now available to download for free from the IAHPC website.
World Alzheimer Report 2013
The World Alzheimer Report 2013 ‘Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia’suggests that traditional system of “informal” care by family, friends, and community will require much greater support.
Research into Medicines and Ageing
The Centre of Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing will analyse large pools of prescription and other data to investigate the actual use of medicines among older Australians, examining safety, cost and the appropriateness of prescription.
Health expenditure Australia 2011-12
Expenditure on health in Australia has risen to $140.2 billion in 2011-12, up from $82.9 billion in 2001-02.
Movement between hospital and residential aged care 2008-09
The majority of older Australians who are admitted to hospital are able to return to their home in the community after they are discharged, according to new figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
New Cancer Learning Module (Breast Cancer)
The breast cancer Qstream course will be of interest to health professionals who want to know more about the investigation of a new breast symptom, appropriate treatment, psychosocial support and follow-up care for women diagnosed with breast cancer
New Cancer Learning Module (Lung Cancer)
The lung cancer Qstream course will be of interest to health professionals who want to know more about lung cancer signs and symptoms and the key strategies for promoting early diagnosis and referral of patients who have or may have lung cancer
Online Lessons in Dementia Management
Professors at Johns Hopkins University are offering an online course designed to accommodate the learning needs of health professionals related to dementia care.
NHMRC Research Funding Facts Book
This Facts Book contains statistics on the outcomes of the 2012 application rounds for NHMRC’s research funding, as well as historical information over the last ten years.
Palliative Care in South Africa
A study tour of Palliative Care in South Africa will be held from 18 – 29 March 2014. The tour will be led by the CEO of Palliative Care Australia, Yvonne Luxford and provides real insight into Palliative and Cancer Care in South Africa with talks and visits to hospitals, clinics and hospices. There is also a full cultural and wildlife programme. For further details contact Jon Baines Tours on + 61 3 9343 6367 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Breast cancer research
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)has opened applications for Accelerator (Translational) Research Grants. Closing date is 18 October 2013.
MND Research Institute of Australia
Researchers working in Australia in fields that are relevant to motor neurone disease are invited to apply for funding to support research commencing in the calendar year 2014.Proposals must reach the Executive Officer by Friday 30 August 2013 in order to be considered in the funding allocation for 2014.
Early Career Clinical Researchers’ in Palliative Care and Oncology Development Workshop
PaCCSC and ACORD have teamed up to provide Early Career Clinical Researchers’ in palliative care and oncology a 1-day Concept Development Workshop on 2nd September 2013. The workshop will be titled Getting started in clinical research: writing a concept outline to get things moving, will be held in Canberra, ACT on Monday, 2nd September, prior to the Australian Palliative Care Conference. Registrations are now open for the PaCCSC/ACORD Workshop and will close on 16th August 2013.
Consumer Learning website
This new site developed by Cancer Australia has been developed to enhance the contribution of people affected by cancer to clinical trials research. It has a range of resources to help consumes earn about research design and clinical trials.
Alzheimer's Association Discussion Papers
Two new discussion papers have been released by Alzheimer's Australia
Dying to Know Day
The inaugural Dying to Know Day will be held on August 8th, 2013. It aims to encourage all Australians to develop new knowledge and attitudes about how to deal with death and bereavement and support each other at the end of life.
National Pain Week
Australia's third National Pain Week will be held 22-28 July 2013, to advocate for people living with chronic pain and raise awareness about this condition.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (NATSIHP)
The Australian Government has developed the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (the Health Plan) - an evidence-based policy framework to guide policies and programs to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health over the next decade until 2023.
New Aboriginal Cancer education DVD - Let's yarn about lung cancer
Lung Foundation Australia (in partnership with Hume Integrated Cancer Services) has produced an Aboriginal lung cancer education dvd, "Let's Yarn about Lung Cancer – look, listen and learn about lung cancer risks and symptoms” that aims to get people looking out for and listening for signs of lung cancer.
This free course is UTas first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Understanding Dementia, is an 11-week online course that builds upon the latest in international research on dementia.
2014 Grant Round
NHMRC and ARC have released opening and closing dates for 2014.
Alzheimer’s Australia’s national surveys on end of life care for people with dementia
The end of life care project aims to identify barriers and enablers to quality end of life care from the perspective of carers.
There are two surveys:
The surveys are anonymous and will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
The results from these surveys will help promote public discussion and debate around complex issues about end of life care.
(open until 29 July 2013).
Cancer Council National GP Portal
The Cancer Council's new GP portal helps doctors and health professionals to be able to access the most up-to-date, evidence-based cancer information and resources.
Australian Indigenous ClinicalInfoNet
A new web resource has been designed to help primary health care workers to prevent and manage chronic disease in Indigenous people.
General Practice Information Security
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has released revised Computer and information security standards that allows general practices access to information and recommendations that will raise awareness of contemporary security issues and help in the protection against potentially losing sensitive data.
DisabilityCare Australia will enable people with disability to choose supports that best meet their individual needs and preferences.
The myagedcare website has been established by the Australian Government to help you navigate the aged care system.
Expansion of Carer Respite Program
The National Respite for Carers Program has been extended providing additional funding for services to frail aged people in regions where limited or no existing services were currently available. Respite services are delivered in a number of settings, including day respite in community centres, in-home respite, overnight respite cottages and community outings.
Andrew Fisher Applied Policy Institute for Ageing
The Department of Health and Ageing is seeking applications from suitably experienced¸ established research organisations to provide the required services of the Andrew Fisher Applied Policy Institute for Ageing (the Institute).The Institute will provide evidence based advice to the Australian Government on issues across a range of age-related policy fields such as demographic change¸ infrastructure and support for an ageing world. The Institute will assist the Government in identifying and responding to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing and maximise the opportunities of people as they age to continue to contribute to their families¸ communities and the economy.
Medicare Locals website
A new government website which gives Australians information about important health services being provided by Medicare Locals in their local communities.
Caring for children with life-limiting conditions
This new learning module from PCC4U helps health professionals and students develop the knowledge and skills needed to provide care, across various health care settings, to children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
National Clinical Supervision Skills Initiative
HWA’s Clinical Supervision Support Program (CSSP) has developed a National Clinical Supervision Skills Initiative (Skills Initiative).To support the Skills Initiative HWA is establishing a Multi Use List (MUL) of Education and Training Providers (Providers) with proven experience in the delivery of interprofessional clinical supervision education and training who can demonstrate alignment to the Resource. EOIs must be received by 4.00pm Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) Friday 21 June 2013
Review of Australian Government Health Workforce Programs
The final report of the Review of Australian Government Health Workforce Programs (the Mason review) is now available.
CALD Project in Victoria
A project to raise awareness of palliative care and improve access to culturally responsive palliative care for Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background was announced during National Palliative Care Week.
3rd Biennial Palliative Care Awards
Palliative Care Council South Australia has called for nominations for the 3rd Biennial Palliative Care Awards. These awards celebrate a broad range of achievements in the palliative care service community, and we encourage you to nominate someone who has made a difference today. Nominations close 31 July 2013.
Advance Care Directives on the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR)
Ten million dollars will be invested to enable Advance Care Directives to be stored on the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) – making it easier to tell family and freinds how you wish to be cared for as you get close to the end of your life.
Respecting Patient Choices
The Australian Government has provided an additional $800,000 over two years for the evidence-based Respecting Patient Choices advance care planning project. This is aimed at developing nationally consistent advance care planning practice guidelines, expanding advance care planning in general practice and contributing to the development of advance care directives for PCEHRs.
National Palliative Care Week 2013
The theme for National Palliative Care Week 2013 is Palliative Care... everyone's business. Find out about resources, events and the My Tribute website at the PCA website.
Better Access to Palliative Care in Tasmania Program
The Department of Health and Ageing is seeking applications from interested non-government and private providers to deliver packages of patient-centred palliative care in the community setting in Tasmania.
Australian hospital statistics 2011-12
This report shows that the number of hospital admissions for people aged 85 and over rose by 9% each year between 2007-08 and 2011-12. This compares with an average increase of 4% per year overall for hospital admissions over this period.
ACP Grant Funding Project
The Department is seeking applications for a grant to deliver a new palliative care/advance care planning project. As part of the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package¸ the Department of Health and Ageing is seeking applications from a wide range of non-government and government organisations other than the Commonwealth for a grant to deliver innovative specialist palliative care and advance care planning advisory services for aged care providers and GPs caring for recipients of aged care services. Applications close at 2pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Monday 3 June 2013
Tasmania COMPAC training grant
Applications for a grant to deliver COMPAC training in Tasmania are being sought by the Department of Health and Ageing. Applications close at 2.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on 16 May 2013
Vocational Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is currently accepting applications for the Mid-2013 intake.The due date for applications for the 2013 Mid-Year Intake is Friday the 31st of May, 2013.
Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research
The final report of the McKeown Review looking at health and medical research in Australia has been released.
National Centre for Cognitive Decline
Australia’s first Partnership Centre will address the complex problems faced by older people with cognitive decline, including dementia. The new Centre will bring together consumers, researchers and aged care providers in a partnership to ensure research results in real changes in practice.
EAPC Early Researcher
Director of Palliative Care at HammondCare’s Braeside Hospital in south-west Sydney, Associate Professor Meera Agar, has been awarded the European Association for Palliative Care’s (EAPC) Early Researcher Award. The award recognises the work of emerging scientists and clinicians in the field of palliative care who have recently made an outstanding contribution to research and/or academic teaching.
Causes of death, Australia, 2011
In 2011, the leading underlying cause of death for all Australians was Ischaemic heart disease, ollowed by cerebrovascular diseases, and dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Ranking causes of death is a useful method of describing patterns of mortality in a population. It allows comparison over time and between populations.
Palliative Care Network Virtual Conference - Call for Abstracts
Call for Abstracts OPEN! Make the world your audience. The International Palliative Care Network Conference - 2013 is an online conference hosted on the Palliative Care Network Community Site. Participation and access to the virtual conference is free! Palliative Care professionals from all disciplines and regions of the world are encouraged to participate in presenting lectures and posters. Awards for select categories. For more details, visit www.palliativecarenetwork.com.
More scholarships for Aged Care Workers
Minister for Ageing, the Hon. Mark Butler MP, has announced 72 new aged care nursing scholarships to provide financial support for people to study nursing at university, or to undertake continuing professional development. The scholarships are for postgraduate, undergraduate and nurse practitioner studies. The scholarships are open now and close on 26 April 2013. More information can be obtained from the Australian College of Nursing on 1800 116 696 or at www.acn.edu.au.
The Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) have a new look website. It incorporates an open to the public area as well as a closed (login only) area, where members of the Collaborative can access information and documents relevant to the clinical trials currently being undertaken. Have a look at the redesigned site at www.caresearch.com.au/paccsc.
New guidance for interdisciplinary team functioning
The National End of Life Care Programme has published a guide on 'Optimising the role and value of the interdisciplinary team – providing person-centred end of life care'.
Aged care nursing scholarships
New government scholarships have been announced with financial support on offer for nurses to attend conferences, courses, workshops and re-entry training.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has announced the opening of the 2013 research grants and award round. The grants and awards are given as an investment to the RACGP vision – ‘Healthy Profession, Healthy Australia’ – and are intended to recognise and advance the vital contribution of general practice to the health of all Australians.
International Palliative Care Directories
The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) has built two global directories which provide information on Educational Programs and Palliative Care Providers/Organizations around the world.
QuickStats Country of Birth
This statistical service provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics can help palliative care services to understand the background of their local population.
Chief Allied Health Officer
The Commonwealth will appoint a Chief Allied Health Officer to support the work of thousands of allied health professionals.
National Efficient Price 2013 -14
The Independent Hospitals Pricing Authority (IHPA) has announced the National Efficient Price and the National Efficient Cost for 2013-14. The national efficient price reflects the costs of delivering the many different services provided by hospitals across Australia. The IHPA has included services that can prevent the need for hospitalisation, such as community palliative care services.
Dementia care in hospitals: costs and strategies
This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates the cost of caring for people with dementia in New South Wales hospitals, and presents strategies and practices being implemented in Australia and internationally that might improve outcomes for people with dementia and reduce care costs.
2012 National Aged Care Workforce Census and Survey Report
This report provides detailed information about the workforce that delivers aged care to older Australians in both residential and community care.
Dementia Research Grants 2013
Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation is the research arm of Alzheimer's Australia. Round 1 of their Program is now open and closes on 5 April 2013.
Standards Reviewers Needed
Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is seeking volunteers to join a Steering Committee to guide revision of the Standards for Providing Quality Palliative Care for all Australians (the Standards).
Applications for the Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships scheme are now open and will close at 5:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 1 May 2013.
Australian Statistics on Medicines 2010
This publication provides an extensive and extremely valuable set of statistics on the use of prescription medicines in Australia up to and including the year 2010. Data were obtained from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and an ongoing survey of a representative sample of community pharmacies.
NHMRC 2013 Ethics Award
The NHMRC Ethics Award recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research or in health. Nominations for the NHMRC 2013 Ethics Award close 5 pm AESDT Friday 22 March 2013.
Diabetes and Palliative Care
Two consumer resources can help people with diabetes, their families and carers manage the condition whilst receiving palliative care.
New online consumer cancer resources
Two new online multimedia resources will help increase the involvement of people affected by cancer in cancer control efforts.The two new resources are:
- Consumer Learning website enhancing consumer knowledge and confidence to participate in cancer research and clinical trials
- Consumer Involvement Toolkit supporting CEOs, managers, health professionals, researchers and policy makers to effectively involve consumers in their organisation’s work.
Palliative care pioneer is Australian Senior of the Year
Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks, who was appointed the first Chair of Palliative Care at Flinders 25 years ago, has been named The Australian Senior of the Year for 2013.
Project Grants for Funding Commencing in 2014
Applications for the NHMRC 2013 Project Grant scheme for funding commencing in 2014 are now open and will close at 5pm AEDT on Tuesday 19 March 2013.
Discovery Projects for Funding Commencing in 2014
Information and application materials on ARC Discovery Projects are now available. The closing date for submission of proposals is 5:00pm (AEDT) Wednesday 6 March 2013.
NHMRC Strategic Plan 2013-2015
The NHMRC"s new strategy highlights research translation, enhanced collaboration and partnerships, and streamlined processes as directions to improve the research effort in Australia
Home Care across Europe
The EURHOMAP report from World health Organization (Europe) highlights the complexity and diversity of considerations and approaches to home care provision across Europe.
Availability of morphine sulfate injection products: Information for health professionals
The current Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listed brand of morphine sulfate 10mg/mL injection is experiencing a supply shortage.In recognition of the critical need for this drug, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has recommended out of session the listing in the general and dental schedules of an alternate brand of morphine sulfate 10 mg/mL injection (Wockhardt). The Wockhardt brand, as per the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s advice, must only be administered by the intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous routes, and not administered intrathecally or epidurally.
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Last updated 26 November 2013