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Community News 2012

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.

National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN)
This network encourages and supports collaboration around Indigenous cancer research and delivery of services to Indigenous people with cancer including their carers and families.
Posted by Admin on 28 December 2012

Health Workforce Innovation in Australia – a National Inventory
A new website set up by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) provides examples of health workforce innovation occurring across Australia. The Inventory showcases how individuals and organisations are driving change across the health, higher education and training sectors.
Posted by Admin on 28 December 2012

Online Learning - Community-based Palliative Care Course for Medical Practitioners 2013 (Monash University)
Monash University is running a new and interactive online course for medical practitioners interested in up-skilling in the area of Community-based Palliative Care.  The course is designed to address the practical problems that health professionals face when caring for palliative patients. The course will commence in March 2013. This program is approved with ACRRM for 30 ALS, PDP points, and with the RACGP for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points.
Posted by Admin on 28 December 2012

Palliative Care Foundation Scholarships
Scholarships of up to $3,000 are being offered for medical, nursing, allied health and counselling professionals to undertake graduate or postgraduate study in approved courses.  Applications close 21st January 2013
Posted by Admin on 28 December 2012

Clinical Tools Report
The Centre for Palliative Care has completed a study to identify clinical tools that could assist with specialist palliative care provision.
Posted by Admin on 18 December 2012

Bereavement support standards
These bereavement support standards were developed for use in adult, specialist palliative care services including community, inpatient, acute and consultancy services.
Posted by Admin on 18 December 2012

NHMRC Funding Outcomes
Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek has announced $127.9 million for 151 grants for ground-breaking health and medical research across Australia.
Posted by Admin on 18 December 2012

New clinical guidelines for lung cancer treatment
The Cancer Council Australia has released wiki based clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of lung cancer.
Posted by Admin on 17 December 2012

National Health Services Directory
A new internet directory shows the addresses, opening times and phone numbers of GP clinics, pharmacies, emergency departments and hospitals in towns and cities across Australia.
Posted by Admin on 6 December 2012

PCA President
PCA’s Annual General Meeting and election of office bearers was held on 30th November.Professor Patsy Yates is the new PCA President.
Posted by Admin on 3 December 2012

2012 General Practice Nurse National Survey Report
This survey commissioned by the Australian Medicare Local Alliance shows that more than 63 percent of practices now employ at least one nurse and the numbers of nurses working in general practice specifically continues to rise. However, there are signifcant challenges such as an ageing nursing workforce, lack of recognition of the nursing role, pay rates for general practice nurses, lack of opportunities and physical working conditions.
Posted by Admin on 30 November 2012 

Australia New Zealand therapeutic products regulatory scheme
Progress on a joint therapeutic products scheme and regulator has been advanced with the launch of a single entry point on ANZTPA for business and consumers (ANZTPA website). When fully established, ANZTPA will replace Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe).
Posted by Admin on 30 November 2012 

Public consultation on new Pain Guidelines
A new guideline, called Cancer Pain Management in Adults: evidence-based clinical practice guidelines adapted for use in Australia is now open for public consultation.This guideline provides brief, point-of-care recommendations for screening, assessment and management of cancer-related pain in adults. It includes recommendations on pharmacological and non-pharmacological management and education adapted from existing international guidelines. Health professionals from all disciplines are invited to advise of ways improve the guideline’s utility and applicability across Australian healthcare settings.Please click on the “Public consultation” button to see how to submit comments and receive responses to these from other contributors and the working group.Public consultation will remain open until 13th January 2013. 
Posted by Admin on 28 November 2012 

Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Fund
The Department of Health and Ageing is seeking applications for funding under the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Fund (the Fund)¸ to support activities that strengthen the capacity of the health and aged care sectors to deliver high quality aged care and promote healthy and active ageing. Closing date is 2:00 pm on 21 December 2012
Posted by Admin on 20 November 2012

Better Health Care Connections: Models for Short Term, More Intensive Health Care for Aged Care Recipients Program - Seed Grants
The Department of Health and Ageing is seeking applications from operational aged care providers to develop innovative models for short term¸ more intensive health care services for aged care recipients. Closing date is 2:00 pm on 21 December 2012
Posted by Admin on 20 November 2012

1000th randomisation
PaCCSC is celebrating the 1000th randomisation of a participant for one of their studies. This is a significant milestone for the collaborative palliative care research group as it shows that it is possible to carry out well conducted and important RCTs in palliative care settings.
Posted by Admin on 20 November 2012

Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council (ATGAC)
The new Council will strategically guide the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as it implements its blueprint for reform.
Posted by Admin on 16 November 2012

Diabetes and Palliative Care
PCA and partners have developed new resources to help people with diabetes, their families and carers manage the condition whilst receiving palliative care.
Posted by Admin on 15 November 2012

ARC Grants Announcement
Successful grant application details for the Australian Research Council's major grants round have been announced. This is for grant commencing in 2013.
Posted by Admin on 6 November 2012

PCA Calls for Board Nominations
The 2012 Palliative Care Australia Annual General Meeting will take place on the 30th November. At this meeting, an election will be conducted for the positions of Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and General Member. Nominations close 23 November 2012.
Posted by Admin on 2 November 2012

Palliative care admissions rise 50% in a decade
The number of palliative care hospital admissions in Australia rose by more than 50% between 2001 and 2010, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Palliative care services in Australia, shows that there were almost 56,000 palliative care admissions reported in public and private hospitals in 2009-10.
Posted by Admin on 22 October 2012

Successful NHMRC grant applications
Deatils of successful applications for ten NHMRC funding schemes including project grants can now be found on the NHMRC website.
Posted by Admin on 19 October 2012

WHO: Estimates of older people needing palliative care
New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), show that around 24 million adults require palliative care at the end of life each year. 66% of these are over 60 years old.
Posted by Admin on 12 October 2012

New Australian Clinical Trials website
Patients suffering chronic diseases will benefit from the launch of a new website that offers easier access to clinical trials of new drugs, treatments and medical procedures.
Posted by Admin on 11 October 2012

Senate Report released
The report of the senate inquiry into the state of palliative care in Australia has been published, following a year-long enquiry.
Posted by Admin on 11 October 2012

‘Get Help!’ Online
Lifeline has released an innovative tool to help people find resources and tools to help with a wide range of mental health issues. ‘Get Help!’ is available on the Lifeline website. 
Posted by Admin on 11 October 2012

eHospice online
Palliative Care Australia (PCA) with partners from around the world have launched, ehospice, a global news and information network all about palliative and end-of-life care.
Posted by Admin on 3 October 2012

Dementia in Australia
The figures in a new report from AIHW suggests that almost 400,000 Australians will be living with the terminal illness in 2020 – a third more than last year’s calculation of 298,000.
Posted by Admin on 28 September 2012

Health expenditure Australia 2010-11
A new AIHW report shows that expenditure on health in Australia was estimated to be $130.3 billion in 2010-11 or 9.3% of GDP. The two largest components of the increase in health expenditure were public hospital services followed by medications.
Posted by Admin on 27 September 2012

PCA News
Moonshine Movies and PCA have won a ABaF for their picture advocacy project, LIFE Before Death. PCA has also moved to new offices. They can be found at Level 1, 21 Napier Close, Deakin ACT 2600. Phones, emails and fax remain unchanged.
Posted by Admin on 26 September 2012

New Australian Cancer Statistics
A new AIHW report, Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: period estimates from 1982 to 2010, shows that 5-year survival from all cancers increased from 47% to 66% in the period 1982-1987 to 2006-2010.
Posted by Admin on 19 September 2012

Headache Guidelines
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) has released their first guidelines for treating headaches.
Posted by Admin on 19 September 2012

New Residential Aged Care figures
The number of aged care places in Australia is continuing to rise. Figures in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report, Residential aged care in Australia 2010-11: a statistical overview show the number of residential aged care places grew to 185,482 in the year to June 2011-an increase of 2,632 (1.4%) on the previous year.
Posted by Admin on 19 September 2012

First PaCCSC RCT results published
PaCCSC's first completed RCT on ketamine for pain management has been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study of 185 participants showed no significant difference between the proportion of positive outcomes in the placebo and intervention arms. The results showed a strong placebo effect and found ketamine to show no additional clinical benefit throughout the duration of the study period. Ketamine was associated with increased toxicity with the number of patients needed to treat for one additional patient to have a positive outcome from ketamine was 25. The number needed to harm, because of toxicity-related withdrawal, was 6.
Posted by Admin on 17 September 2012

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan
The Australian Government is seeking submissions on their plan on the  broad health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The submission process provides an opportunity for all points of views in the community to be heard and considered throughout the development of the Health Plan.Comments can be made through the NATSHIP website until 21 December 2012.
Posted by Admin on 11 September 2012

Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation PhD Scholarships 2012
Submissions are now being accepted for postgraduate scholarships and top-up scholarships relating to an aspect of dementia. Applications close 5:00PM 31 October 2012 (EST - Sydney time).
Posted by Admin on 11 September 2012

2012 National Volunteer Awards
The 2012 National Volunteer Awards is seeking nominations of exceptional volunteers in their community who donate their time to assist not-for-profit organisations. Federal MP’s will accept nominations throughout September and October and will host award ceremonies across the country to celebrate the achievements of local volunteering heroes.
Posted by Admin on 5 September 2012

Aged Care Teaching Centres Announced
The Australian Government will provide funding for projects across Australia to create integrated aged care teaching centres.
Posted by Admin on 4 September 2012

Quality Improvement Interventions to Address Health Disparities
This latest report from AHRQ is part of their Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science series.
Posted by Admin on 31 August 2012

New information on causes of death in Australia
Multiple causes of death data are useful for describing the role of all diseases involved in deaths due to natural causes. A new bulletin from AIHW is the first comprehensive application of multiple causes of death statistics to natural causes of death and specific chronic diseases of public health importance in Australia.
Posted by Admin on 30 August 2012

Palliative Care Volunteer Training Resource Kit
A major update includes significant new material, especially relating to cultural diversity and spirituality.The kit contains a ‘how to’ section for facilitators and nine modules each containing their own core competencies and sample session plans.The first continuing education module for volunteers also has been launched on the topic of building community resilience around dying, death and loss.
Posted by Admin on 28 August 2012

New support course for children with parents with cancer
If you work with cancer patients who have children between the ages of 14 and 22 years a new program called Truce can help develop coping skills for life.
Posted by Admin on 27 August 2012

Cochrane Library: Australian access renewed
NHMRC has entered into a new five year agreement to enable all Australians to continue to have access to The Cochrane Library. The Library publishes systematic reviews undertaken by the Cochrane Collaboration. Cochrane reviews are intended to help practitioners and patients make informed decisions about health care, using comprehensive, reliable and relevant sources of evidence on which to base these decisions.
Posted by Admin on 24 August 2012

Australian Medicare Local Alliance
The Australian Medicare Local Alliance has been launched and will play a key role in ensuring Medicare Locals function effectively and efficiently and work as a cohesive group.
Posted by Admin on 20 August 2012

Infection prevention and control in residential aged care and community aged care settings
New resources for care workers and the people they care for in residential aged care or community aged care on how to prevent the spread of infectious diseases have been noted by NHMRC Council. The resources will be released by the end of 2012.
Posted by Admin on 17 August 2012

Homeopathy Working Committee membership 
NHMRC is developing guidance for health professionals in discussing the use of CAM with their patients. Membership of the Homeopathy Working Committee (HWC) has been announced.
Posted by Admin on 17 August 2012

Dementia Made a National Health Priority Area
The designation of dementia as the ninth National Health Priority Area will enhance the development of a new National Framework for Action on Dementia, which will contribute to current and future work being undertaken to tackle dementia, including the national research effort.
Posted by Admin on 11 August 2012

National Policy Manager- Palliative Care Australia
An opportunity has arisen for an experienced person to work as the National Policy Manager at Palliative Care Australia (PCA). This position will be responsible for:

  • the development, implementation and effective advocacy of evidence based policy;
  • consultation and liaison with relevant stakeholders to inform policy development;
  • effective ongoing engagement with the political process, key government agencies, and other stakeholders.

To be successful in this role, the applicant will have the demonstrated ability to develop and implement health policy and to drive change agendas in a policy environment; experience of political and government processes; superior research and analysis skills, and the demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with key stakeholder groups.

A detailed position description is available from Jane Plowright, Palliative Care Australia at janep@palliativecare.org.au. Applications close on Friday 24 August 2012.
Posted by Admin on 09 August 2012

Project Officer – National Standards Assessment Program
National Standards Assessment Program (NSAP) is looking for an experienced project officer to work as part of their team. The NSAP Project Officer will be responsible for supporting stakeholders who are involved in the sign up and self-assessment phase of the NSAP cycle by coordinating the recruiting and recalling process; training stakeholders in completion of the NSAP cycle, particularly all self-assessment workshops and webinars; and working with the other project officers in coordinating the self-assessment training.

More information about NSAP is available at www.nsap.palliativecare.org.au. For more information and to receive a copy of the position description, email shyla@palliativecare.org.au or call 02 6163 8416. You can also read more about the position and apply via Seek.com.au. Applications close 20th August 2012.
Posted by Admin on 06 August

Working Together Change Framework National Workshops 2012
The National Standards Assessment Program (NSAP), CareSearch and Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) have developed a “Working Together Change Framework” workshop. This workshop is designed to support professionals to identifiy the problem, analyse the cause, source evidence and measures, create a plan for implementation and review. Free workshops will be running nationally throughout 2012 and are suitable for palliative care professionals from any discipline.
Numbers are limited so book in now.

  • Adelaide, South Australia
    15 August 2012 at Repatriation General Hospital, Daws Road.
  • Melbourne, Victoria
    22 August 2012 at Palliative Care Victoria Conference
  • Launceston, Tasmania
    19 September 2012 at Hotel Grand Chancellor
  • Perth, West Australia
    4 October 2012 at Novotel on Langley
  • Dubbo, New South Wales
    31 October 2012 at Quest Dubbo

Registration is essential. Complete a registration form via the website nsap.palliativecare.org.au [News and Events page] or by contacting: Suriya Lee p: 02 6163 8419 – e: nsapevents@palliativecare.org.au
Posted by Admin on 2 August 2012

CRE funding recipients and projects
Details on successsful applications for NHMRC CRE funding are now available. Seveneteen CREs were funded, eight in Clinical Research, five in Population Health and four in Health Services.
Posted by Admin on 2 August 2012

Aged Care Reform Implementation Council
The five memebrs of teis Council which will oversee the Living Longer, Living Better Aged Care Reform Package have been announced. They are the Hon. Susan Ryan AO, Professor Ann Harding, Professor Henry Brodaty AO, Mr Jeff Lawrence and Mr Rauf Soulio.
Posted by Admin on 2 August 2012

Catherine Pouget Award
Applications for the annual Catherine Pouget Award for research contributing to the improvement of the quality of life for the terminally ill can be made until 30 September 2012. The Catherine Pouget award is not limited to projects with a scientific basis, in order to encourage those who may not have formal scientific training to make the best use of their experience in improving relationships between patients who are terminally ill and those responsible for their care and treatment.
Posted by Admin on 2 August 2012

Early Researcher Award
The Early Researcher Award was created as an annual award by the EAPC in 2009 and is designed to recognise the work of young (novice) scientists and clinicians in the field of palliative care who have recently made, or are currently making an outstanding contribution to research. Applications close 30 November 2012.
Posted by Admin on 2 August 2012

Research and writer needed
Palliative Care Australia is looking for a volunteer researcher and writer to document its past in the ‘History of Palliative Care Australia’ project. They want someone to work through the organisation’s last 21 years, talk to the people who have made PCA what it is today, and put this information into a narrative of words, pictures and audio/video, which will be the feature of their 21st birthday celebrations in October.
Posted by Admin on 31 July 2012

eHospice Australia - Editor
Palliative Care Australia is seeking an editor for eHospice Australia - a news and information resource published on a dedicated website and mobile application. Closing date Friday 10th August 2012.
Posted by Admin on 26 July 2012

NSAP Peer Mentors
The National Standards Assessment Program is looking for 15 new mentors available to join our existing peer mentors.The peer mentor positions are voluntary. Mentors assist services in their improvement efforts by:

  • reviewing and discussing the NSAP self-assessment process
  • providing support and guidance regarding the Quality Improvement Action Plan (QIAP) implementation
  • facilitating access to appropriate evidence to support improvement
  • facilitating access to appropriate information.

Applications close 17 August 2012.
Posted by Admin on 26 July 2012

myCompass
myCompass is an online mental health tool that assesses user symptoms, and then provides a personalised support program. The resource aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for all Australians.
Posted by Admin on 22 July 2012

Queensland Inquiry into community care and palliative care services
The Queensland Legislative Assembly has directed its Health and Community Services Committee to inquire into, and report on, Queensland's chronic, frail and palliative care services. Submissions close 6 August 2012
Posted by Admin on 10 July 2012

e-mental health portal launched
A new portal, mindhealthconnect, is designed to provide a trustworthy source of information, support and a gateway to therapy for people seeking help for mental health disorders.
Posted by Admin on 10 July 2012

New Rural Health Channel
The Rural Health Channel is the first nationally available free-to-air health TV channel. It broadcasts 12 hours a week supporting health professionals and the rural community.
Posted by Admin on 4 July 2012

NHMRC Policy on Managing Conflicts of Interest (Guideline Development)
This policy reflects international best practice and will maintain Australia’s position at the forefront of evidence based health advice. It reflects a principles-based approach because, ultimately, managing interests appropriately requires judgement and commitment to transparency. It will come into effect on Wednesday 1 August 2012.
Posted by Admin on 4 July 2012

Research Study: Young people who have a parent with cancer
CanTeen, in partnership with University of Western Sydney, Sydney University and the University of New South Wales, recently commenced a research project called ‘Truce’.  It is a new, eight-week group psychological intervention for young people aged 14 to 22 who have a parent, still living, who was diagnosed with cancer in the last five years.  Sessions begin in August and will be held in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Brisbane. Details on the project and the research can be found at Truce at www.truce.org.au
Posted by Admin on 2 July 2012

Public Consultation: Intellectual Property Management
The Working Group of the Coordination Committee on Innovation is seeking feedback on a draft revision of the National Principles of Intellectual Property Management for Publicly Funded Research (the National Principles).
Posted by Admin on 2 July 2012

Australia's health 2012
The latest report shows that Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies in the world—79.5 years for males and 84.0 years for females, both 25 years longer than a century ago. The report also highlighted a 51% increase in the number of palliative care hospitalisations between 2000–01 and 2009–10
Posted by Admin on 2 July 2012

COMPAC Guideline Implementation
The Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association’s consultancy arm, JustHealth Consultants (JHC) has been engaged to develop an education and training package designed to encourage uptake and use of the Guidelines by health professionals. For more information or to register interest in the project contact Ms Terrie Paul, Director – JustHealth Consultants 0438 373538 or email tpaul@ahha.asn.au
Posted by Admin on 26 June 2012

National Approach to single ethical review
The NHMRC has continued to provide information on a National Approach to single ethical review. The ability of institutions to accept or undertake a single ethical review will vary, depending on the jurisdiction(s) or sector(s) in which the research is proposed to take place. More details on the National Approach can be found on the Human Research Ethics Portal.
Posted by Admin on 22 June 2012

Second Call Partnership Projects
This funding scheme provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions and undertake research and also to interpret and implement the findings. Second round closes on 25 September 2012.
Posted by Admin on 22 June 2012

Guide to providing end of life care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
A new route to success guide  produced for the National End of Life Care Programme (UK) looks at issues that health professionals need to consider when supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people at end of life.
Posted by Admin on 22 June 2012

2011 Census Data
The first releases of commentary and statistical analysis using data from the 2011 Census are available. They deal with:

Posted by Admin on 21 June 2012

eHospice
This new online resource is being developed by a group of organisations and will help enable access and disseminate palliative and hospice news.The resource will be launched in  October 2012.
Posted by Admin on 14 June 2012

End of life care for people with dementia living in care homes
This research briefing by SCIE looks at the care provided in care homes to people with dementia in the period leading up to the end of their lives. It aims to provide an overview of a range of issues important to care home residents, carers and providers.
Posted by Admin on 14 June 2012

New studies planned for dementia
Six projects to look at aspects of dementia care have been funded by Alzheimers Australia. They include an integrated care package for advanced dementia and advance care planning for people with dementia.
Posted by Admin on 10 June 2012

Hospice New Zealand Standards for Palliative Care
Hospice New Zealand has released its Standards for Palliative Care. The national standards and the accompanying quality review programme will provide a comprehensive continuous improvement framework for hospices, but will be applicable to all health services working with people who need a palliative approach and end of life care.
Posted by Admin on 2 June 2012

Promoting hospice and palliative care
A new website, Friends of IAHPC. has been launched with the aim of increasing awareness and helping promote hospice and palliative care worldwide.
Posted by Admin on 25 May 2012

NICE guideline: Opioid use in palliative care
This guideline provides advice on the safe and effective prescribing of strong opioids for pain relief in adults with advanced and progressive disease.
Posted by Admin on 25 May 2012

Diamond Jubilee Trust
This new trust to honour Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee has chosen care with dignity as one of six areas of activity. Its program will address the quality of care for the most vulnerable people of all ages, including those living with chronic and terminal illness.
Posted by Admin on 24 May 2012

Support to rollout eHealth records
New funding for Medicare Locals will enable them to provide practical training to GP practices and other health care providers and to drive awareness and consumer literacy of the potential of eHealth records at a regional level.
Posted by Admin on 21 May 2012

Funding Brain Research
The Brain Foundation has released information on research grants to support research projects in clinical neurosciences. The primary objective of the grants is to support individual researchers and research teams to conduct the highest quality research in brain illnesses and neurological disorders as well as brain and spinal injuries
Posted by Admin on 16 May 2012

New eHealth “learning centre”
An online “learning centre” which details how the Australian Government’s new electronic health record system will work for patients and practitioners can now be accessed at http://publiclearning.ehealth.gov.au/
Posted by Admin on 11 May 2012

Online Grief Research
The University of the Sunshine Coast is seeking people aged 30 and over to complete an online survey. Participants  in the last 1 to 7 years should have been a decision maker for the final care for a palliative relative, friend, or loved one aged 18+ years of age.
Posted by Admin on 8 May 2012

PCA Community Service Announcement
The new Community Service Announcement for National Palliative Care Week is up on Palliative Care Australia's Facebook page. You can view it at http://www.facebook.com/palliativecareaustralia
Posted by Admin on 5 May 2012

International Palliative Care Network Conference 2012
The IPCNC is hosted online on the Palliative Care Network Community and participation and access to the conference is FREE. Call for Abstracts is open now through 31 May, and palliative care professionals from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in presenting lectures and posters. Poster awards to be presented. Visit www.palliativecarenetwork.com to share your work!
Posted by Admin on 3 May 2012

Health Workforce 2025
This report models expected workforce demand and supply for doctors, nurses and midwives to 2025. It highlights the need for essential coordinated, long term reforms to ensure Australia has an affordable and sustainable health workforce to meet the changing health needs of the Australian community.
Posted by Admin on 27 April 2012

Living Longer Living Better: Aged Care Reform
The reforms announced by the Australian Government give priority to providing more support and care in the home, better access to residential care, more support for those with dementia and strengthening the aged care workforce. They will be progressively implemented from 1 July 2012
Posted by Admin on 24 April 2012

Spiritual Care Survey
The EAPC taskforce on spiritual care is conducting an online survey of research priorities in spiritual care in order to inform a future research agenda for Europe. The taskforce is asking researchers, palliative care clinicians and others involved in the provision of palliative care to complete the brief web questionnaire on the EAPC website. The deadline for completion is 4 May 2012.
Posted by Admin on 13 April 2012

WHO Report on dementia
The World Health Organization has released a report, Dementia: a public health priority, indicating that there are currently over 35 million number of people living with dementia. This number will double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050.
Posted by Admin on 12 April 2012

Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research: Public Consultations
The Panel of the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia (the Review) will hold public consultations over the next few months. The Review's public meeting schedule is as follows: 

  •  Hobart : 18 April 2012
  • Canberra : 19 April 2012
  • Melbourne : 1 May 2012 
  • Darwin : 8 May 2012 
  • Brisbane : 29 May 2012  
  • Adelaide : 5 June 2012 
  • Perth : 6 June 2012  
  • Sydney : 5 July 2012 

Posted by Admin on 11 April 2012

NBN Telehealth Enabled Program
The Department of Health and Ageing has issued an Invitation To Apply for funds for projects under the NBN Telehealth Pilots Program.  Palliative care is one of the priorities for this program . For details visit    http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ehealth-nbntelehealth-pilots. The closing date for all applications is 2.00 pm on Thursday, 17 May 2012.
Posted by Admin on 5 April 2012

World Medical Association declaration on end of life medical care
The WMA declaration sees appropriate end of life medical care as a true right  (not a privilege) and that it should be provided independent of age or any other associated factors. The WMA recommends that all National Medical Associations develop a national policy on palliative care and palliative sedation based on the recommendations in this declaration.
Posted by Admin on 4 April 2012

WHO guidelines on the treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses
These guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on pain treatment to improve the management of pain in children experiencing persistent pain.The package includes guidelines, brochures, and some tools.
Posted by Admin on 4 April 2012

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2012
The theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2012 is ‘Living to the end - palliative care for an ageing population’. It will be celebrated on 13 October 2012.
Posted by Admin on 4 April 2012

PSGC (Psychosexual care of women affected by gynaecological cancers) 
Expressions of interest are being sought to attend a series of free psychosexual care online workshop sessions during April and May 2012. The online workshops will include the speakers from the face to face workshops, and will include content, videos and activities from the PSGC psychosexual care online learning resource.If you are interested in participating, please contact edcanpsgc@qut.edu.au.
Posted by Admin on 2 April 2012

Do opioids influence cancer growth? The IAHPC perspective
IAHPC's research and scientific committee has released a statement on recent reports of a link between between opioid drugs used to relieve pain in postoperative and chronic cancer patients and cancer growth and spread.They indicate that there needs to be cautious interpretation of the findings as well as the continuing recognition of the positive effects of adequate relief of suffering.
Posted by Admin on 2 April 2012

New NSAP website
The new website of the National Standards Assessment Program (NSAP) contains useful information about participating in NSAP,quality resources, reports, and events. Services currently participating in NSAP can now directly link to their service web page and they will have the ability to input self assessment information, download interim, annual and peer mentor reports, and download or subscribe to the NSAP monthly newsletter.
Posted by Admin on 30 March 2012

Sad news Sorry Business
Queensland Health recently published 'Sad News, Sorry Business: Guidelines for caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through death and dying'.
Posted by Admin on 30 March 2012

Causes of Death, Australia, 2010
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released this publication which presents statistics on the number of deaths, for reference year by state or territory of Australia, sex, selected age groups, and cause of death classified to the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
Posted by Admin on 30 March 2012

Care and Technology in the 21st century
A new report form Carers UK highlights the role technology could play in addressing the challenges families face in caring - from care packages co-ordinated between care workers and family members using online ‘apps’, to reviewing and purchasing care or sharing health records online.
Posted by Admin on 27 March 2012

NICE phone app
A new app that gives healthcare professionals access to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance from Android and iPhone smartphones has been launched.
Posted by Admin on 27 March 2012

Improving end-of-life care: professional development for physicians
This report from the the Royal College of Physicians in the UK sets out a range of practical proposals and tools to enable all physicians to improve their care of patients in the last phase of life.
Posted by Admin on 27 March 2012

National information standard on record keeping to support end of life care
A set of core information elements has been published by the National End of Life Care Programme (UK). The information standard sets out the key information required to support the provision of safe and high quality end of life care, and provides structures and definitions to support effective holding and use of this data. They will facilitate the consistent recording of information by health and social care agencies.
Posted by Admin on 27 March 2012

Medical workforce 2010
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released this report which shows a small increase in FTE practitioner per 100,000 population.
Posted by Admin on 27 March 2012

Pain Australia website
Pain Australia has released a new website. It has resources for consumers and health professionals and information on policy developments and advocacy.
Posted by Admin on 13 March 2012

2012 Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia
NHMRC has created a page that has resources that may be of assistance to organisations and individuals who may be preparing a submission to the review. Submissions close on 30 March 2012.
Posted by Admin on 10 March 2012

Call for special editions
The journal Palliative Medicine has released a call for papers for two forthcoming special editions:

  • Family carers in palliative care – to be guest edited by Prof Sheila Payne and Prof Gunn Grande.
  • Understanding of palliative care in non-malignant disease – to be guest edited by Prof Marie Fallon.

Submissions must be received online by 1 October 2012.
Posted by Admin on 8 March 2012

Palliative Care Victoria website
Palliative Care Victoria has released its revamped website.  It has sections for families and patients, service providers, volunteers and those from other cultural backgrounds.
Posted by Admin on 5 March 2012

PBS (Palliative care) Schedule Change: Naproxen Oral suspension
From 1 March there are a number of changes to be PBS schedule: http://www.pbs.gov.au/browse/changes. Of note is the removal of Naproxen Oral suspension 125 mg per 5 mL (474mL) from the PBS (Palliative Care) schedule. This is because the product has been discontinued by the manufacturer
Posted by Admin on 2 March 2012

NHMRC Statement on Cancer Clusters
The aim of this statement is to provide the general public with information on the assessment and management of cancer clusters.
Posted by Admin on 27 February 2012

New Partnership Centre
NHMRC has issued a Call for an Investigator Team for the new Partnership Centres for Better Health program. The focus of the new Centre will be on tackling lifestyle-related chronic health problems from a systems perspective. Applications close 11 April 2012.
Posted by Admin on 27 February 2012

Dissemination of Research Findings
The National Health and Medical Research Council wants to ensure the widest possible dissemination of the research supported by NHMRC funding, in the most effective manner and at the earliest opportunity. Therefore, any publications arising from an NHMRC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication.
Posted by Admin on 27 February 2012

Cooperative Research Centres
The 15th CRC selection round addresses social innovation, sustainable regional communities and clean manufacturing. Applications close 14 June 2012
Posted by Admin on 27 February 2012

The Resthaven Inc Dementia Research Grant
This grant, valued at up to $150,000, is open to applicants in clinical/psychosocial research areas. The key area of interest is pain management for people who have cognitive impairment arising from dementia. 
Posted by Admin on 27 February 2012

Heart Foundation call for applications Category 1
The Heart Foundation has several funding opportunities available including postdoctoral, overseas research and career development fellowships. Applications close 4 May 2012
Posted by Admin on 27 February 2012

Discovery Indigenous
The Discovery Indigenous scheme for funding commencing in 2013 is now open for proposals. Proposals can now be drafted and submitted through the ARC Research Management System (RMS), accessible via the ARC website, http://www.arc.gov.au  Closing date: Thurs 12 April 2012
Posted by Admin on 16 February 2012

Dementia Grants Program
Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation (formerly Alzheimer’s Australia Research) is offering over $1 million to support emerging researchers through a number of awards including new investigator grants, grants into dementia care, travel grants as well as postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships.
Posted by Admin on 10 February 2012

EAPC guidelines on the use of opioid analgesics for cancer pain
An updated version of the guidelines of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) on the use of opioids for the treatment of cancer pain has been published. The new guidelines were published in Lancet Oncology this month, and a podcast (8.59Mb mp3)with a discussion of the guidelines is currently available
Posted by Admin on 10 February 2012

Palliative Care Consultation Items - Draft for comment
The Medical Services Advisory Committee has released a draft protocol - on proposed new palliative care MBS items -  for public comment. This document outlines a draft of a decision analytic protocol (DAP) that will be used to guide the assessment of an intervention for a particular population of patients. To provide comment on the Consultation DAP currently being considered you need to register. Comments can be made until 14 March 2012.
Posted by Admin on 8 February 2012

New national body to support Medicare Locals
A national primary care organisation, the Australian General Practice Network, will form on 1 July 2012 as a new national body for Medicare Locals.
Posted by Admin on 7 February 2012

Changes to Better Access
The Better Access program enables access to allied mental health services for which an individual can receive a Medicare rebate. The Government has announced new transition arrangements to these services.
Posted by Admin on 2 February 2012

New PCC4U learning module content
The Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U) Project has released two new learning modules looking at a specific focus topic:

The learning content can be accessed on the new PCC4U website.
Posted by Admin on 2 February 2012

Career Development Fellowship scheme
The purpose of the Career Development Fellowships (CDF) scheme is to further develop Australian health and medical early to mid-career researchers. Applications will close on 28 March 2012
Posted by Admin on 30 January 2012

Call for Partnership Investigator Team
Applications are now being accepted for the new NHMRC Partnership Centre Program on Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in the Elderly. Funding of up to $5 million per year will be provided by NHMRC and its partners to the successful investigator team.Applications close at 5pm (AEDST) on 24 February 2012.
Posted by Admin on 25 January 2012

NBN Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program
The National Broadband Network (NBN) Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program aims to demonstrate how the NBN infrastructure enables better access to high quality healthcare services, particularly aged care, palliative care and cancer care, using telehealth services in the home.
Posted by Admin on 23 January 2012

National Mental Health Commission
The Australian Government has established the National Mental Health Commission to help improve Australia’s mental health system. It will plan more effectively for the future mental health needs of the community, create greater accountability and transparency in the mental health system and give mental health prominence at a national level.
Posted by Admin on 23 January 2012

HoMER Framework for Monitoring document
The Framework for Monitoring: Guidance for the national approach to single ethical review of multi-centre research is now available on the Human Research Ethics Portal.This document complements the Research Governance Handbook: Guidance for the national approach to single ethical review already available.
Posted by Admin on 19 January 2012

Mental Health Reform Consultation
The Australian Government has released a draft of the Ten-Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform for public consultation. Comments can be made through an online survey available at the Department of Health and Ageing's Mental Health page until 1 February 2012.  
Posted by Admin on 18 January 2012

NHMRC - Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships
The NHMRC has advised that there will be a delay to the opening of the Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships 2012 application round for funding commencing in 2013.
Posted by Admin on 4 January 2012

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This page was last updated 28 December 2012