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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.

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Cultural competency in the delivery of health services for Indigenous people

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new report examining the available evidence on cultural competence in international and local literature. It defines cultural competency; reports on available evidence; identifies approaches and strategies that are effective in improving cultural competency among health services staff, examines the relationship between cultural competency and health outcomes, and documents an evidence-informed conceptual framework.

Tom Reeve Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Care

Celebrating the 10th year of this prestigious award, COSA is proud to announce the 2015 recipient of the Tom Reeve Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Care, Professor David Currow

Opioid  Price Watch

IAHPC has launched the second round of Opioid Price Watch (OPW), a project to monitor and report the dispensing price of opioids around the world.The goal of OPW is to present information and generate awareness about availability and access to opioids for legitimate medical use.

Cancer mortality trends and projections: 2013 to 2025

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report indicates that cancer death rates have generally decreased over time, with the death rate from all cancers combined decreasing from 199 deaths per 100,000 people in 1968 to 167 per 100,000 in 2012.

Spatial variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's access to primary health care

This report presents the findings of work undertaken to map access to primary health-care services across Australia relative to the distribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

EdCan Updated

Cancer Australia has released the updated EdCaN, a suite of online modules and resources, which provide support and knowledge for all cancer nurses regardless of experience or setting. The resources are intended to improve care for people with cancer through professional development activities for individual nurses to meet their own learning needs, or by educators who design and implement professional development activities.
 

New Training Portal

An expanded palliative care online information and training portal, with new training materials and extensive resources has been launched. There are now six units are now available at no cost, at palliativecareonline.com.au.

Australian Hospital Statistics

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released three new reports on Australian hospital statistics:

Decision Assist on the Aged Care Channel - Palliative Care support for Aged Care 

This 30 minute program is free and can be viewed on your PC, Laptop, Mac, iPad, iPhone or smartphone and is suitable for Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, experienced aged care staff, Case Managers, GPs, and allied health professionals working for providers of Residential Aged Care and Home Care Packages. short preview is now available to view (1:30mins).
  • Please register and save the date: Wednesday 29th July 2015,  2:15pm - 2:45pm

Interprofessional Clinical Decision Making for Collaborative Practice: Research Participation Opportunity

A Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at Griffith University, researching clinical decision making and collaborative interprofessional practice (IPP) is seeking survey participants.  Working collaboratively within interprofessional environments is paramount to successful intervention planning for patient care.  The aim of this survey research is to examine medical and health professionals’ clinical reasoning capabilities, and to improve interprofessional collaboration.  Please see the link below to conduct the survey.  This survey should only take up to 25 minutes to complete and can be accessed at https://prodsurvey.rcs.griffith.edu.au/prodls190/index.php?sid=99265&lang=en. For further queries please email michelle.parker-tomlin@griffithuni.edu.au
 

The health and welfare of Australias Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2015 

This report is the eighth in a series of reports that provide a comprehensive statistical picture of a range of topics considered important for improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people. The report presents up-to-date statistics, as well as trend information. It examines differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as differences by factors such as age, sex and, in particular remoteness.

National consensus statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care

A new consensus statement describing the essential elements for providing safe and high-quality care at the end of life has been endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers as the national approach to the delivery of end-of-life care in Australian hospitals.

Disenfranchised Grief

The Autumn 2015 edition of The Rosemary Branch is looking at disenfranchised grief.

Guide to your social media afterlife 

Palliative Care Australia has produced a Guide to a Social Media Afterlife, a new document that explains how to manage online and social accounts so data is preserved, memorialised or deactivated.

National Palliative Care Projects

Senator Fiona Nash today announced the distribution of the funds for national palliative care projects. Caresearch, PaCCSC, PCA, PCOC PEPA/PCC4U and Respecting Patient Choices have been continued. New projects include national project to improve paediatric palliative care; projects focussed on person-centred palliative care, and bench-marking of skills; training to support carers of palliative care patients; an online ACP resource, taking account of various religious and cultural considerations.

PBAC Chair

Professor Andrew Wilson has been appointed as the new Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC).

After hours GP Services

General Practices that provide after-hours services to patients will be able to apply for a Practice Incentives Programme (PIP) after-hours incentive from the Federal Government from 1 July.

Australian Clinical Trials

An Australian-first website is helping more patients to connect with clinical trials. It also provides information about the role and processes associated with clinical trials

New Palliative Approach Toolkit resources for residential aged care staff

The PA Toolkit website has had a makeover and several new resources have been added that will help residential aged care staff provide high quality evidence-based end of life care. You can also now search by resource, care issue, and user. The new resources are available at www.caresearch.com.au/PAToolkit and include: For further information email patoolkit@health.qld.gov.au.

Choosing wisely

This intiative of the NPS highlights 5 questions consumers should ask their doctor about a test or procedure.

Now Available: palliAGED

palliAGED is a new smartphone app that helps GPs who are caring for older palliative patients living at home or in residential care. As most deaths are expected, death can be planned for and the required care delivered in a pre-emptive fashion. General practitioners (GPs) have a central role in planning and providing for that care. palliAGED can help them in this role. 

Lung cancer in our mob

A new resource from Cancer Australia, Lung Cancer in Our Mob, has been developed for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to help them support Indigenous Australians with lung cancer.

Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling & Intervention

The Graduate Certificate is a ten-month, part-time course delivered in Mulgrave, Victoria. The July 2015 intake runs until June 2016 with sessions on Fridays from 11am to 3pm. Applications close Friday 29 May .

National Palliative Care Week 2015

National Palliative Care Week runs from Sunday 24th - Saturday 30th May 2015. This year's theme is: Dying to talk; talking about dying won't kill you.

PCA Conference: Pre conference half day workshops

A series of half day educational workshops will be held before the conference on Tuesday 1 September 2015. These workshops will provide the opportunity for skill building, information exchange and small group discussions on a variety of topics.

New Primary Health Networks to deliver better local care

31 new Primary Health Networks – worth a total of nearly $900 million will be “outcome focussed” on improving frontline services, and would also generally align with state Local Hospital Networks to ensure better integration between primary and acute care services.
 

PalAssist available 24/7

PalAssist, operated by Cancer Council Queensland, is being offered round the clock, extending the service which had previously been available only five days a week during work hours. It is a free telephone and online service which offers immediate advice and emotional support. PalAssist is available free to Queenslanders 24 hours, seven days a week, on 1800 772 273.

Bereavement Practice for Clinicians and Service Providers

The Summer 2015 edition of Bereavement Practice for Clinicians and Service Providers the feature article looks at endings in the context of grief counselling

Feedback on NHMRC Evidence Briefs

The NHMRC is undertaking a new program of work to summarise systematic reviews published on The Cochrane Library for the Australian public. Public consultation is currently open on two new evidence briefs. Both consultations close on 13 April 2015:

Deaths Data

This web update presents the latest data on deaths, causes of death and life expectancy in Australia. There were 147,678 deaths registered in Australia in 2013.

Research Masters or PhD Scholarship

The PCRNV will be offering a Masters or PhD scholarship in 2015 for Victorian students that are able to conduct high quality research into palliative care leading to immediate patient benefit.

Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Sydney has two scholarship opportunities for nurses working in and/or pursuing research in aged care, palliative care, community care, mental health, primary health care and any other similar areas.

Use of aged care services before death

This AIHW bulletin looks at the use of aged care services in the 8 years before death for those who died in 2010-11 aged at least 65. Overall, 80% of these people had used aged care in the 8 years before death, and three-fifths were aged care clients when they died.
 

NHMRC statement and advice on homeopathy

The NHMRC statement concludes that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions.

New Ceo for NHMRC

Professor Anne Kelso AO will take on the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) when Professor Warwick Anderson AO steps down in March .

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Cancer Framework. Cancer Australia wants to hear from all people who have a role in cancer control, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, GPs, nurses, specialists, allied health practitioners and people who work in screening, prevention and palliative care. The online survey can be accessed from 24 February 2015 and will remain open until the 27 March 2015. To complete the survey, please click here

Public consultation on elements of the Project Grants scheme

Public feedback on two aspects of project grants assessment (Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) and Applicant Response steps; and  duration of Project Grants funding) is being sought by the NHMRC. Comments must be received by  Friday, 27 March 2015, 03:00pm (AEDST)

Collaborative Improvement Project: Support for carers

NSAP worked with 35 specialist palliative care services from across Australia in 2013-2014 looking at how to improve the assessment, planning and delivery of support to meet the needs of carers of palliative care patients using a collaborative improvement methodology. The Evaluation Report of the project is now available.

New online training modules

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, in partnership with Silver Chain Training, has received funding to build two additional online training modules to further support best practice palliative care services for older people. The project team is seeking input via a short survey about the kinds of online learning modules to meet future palliative care training needs.

NHMRC Ethics Award 2015

The NHMRC Ethics Award recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research.Nominations for the NHMRC Ethics Award close COB Friday 27 March 2015

Research Studies

  • Research Study exploring Mindfulness for Informal Palliative Caregivers (96kb pdf) A PhD candidate is seeking participants for a study on the perceived benefits and key considerations in providing Mindfulness based programs and teaching for informal palliative caregivers.
     
  • A Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at Griffith University researching clinical decision making and collaborative interprofessional practice is seeking participants for her study.  The aim of this project is to examine medical and health professionals’ clinical reasoning capabilities, and to improve IPT collaboration. For expressions of interest, participant incentives, and further information please email michelle.parker-tomlin@griffithuni.edu.au

Feedback on draft guidelines on organ transplantation

The public consultation on the draft Ethical guidelines for organ transplantation from deceased donors   will close on 6 March at 5:00pm AEDT. To make a submission, visit the NHMRC Public Consultations website.

Dementia Research Priorities

NHMRC consultation and survey shows that finding ways to prevent dementia, improving diagnosis and better care are considered top priorities for future dementia research.

National Palliative Care Service Directory

Maintained by Palliative Care Australia, the National Palliative Care Service Directory provides information about specialist palliative care service providers, state or territory palliative care organisations and community support agencies. The directory replaces PCA Connect as a source of palliative care service information.

Global status report on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) 2014

This World Health Organization report looks at the prevention and control of NCDs. The report provides data on the current situation, identifying bottlenecks as well as opportunities and priority actions for attaining targets.

Successful Linkage grants: Decision Assist

The successful Linkage grants for the Decision Assist Program have been announced. They  will develop communication pathways and tools that support improved coordination and quality of end-of-life care between palliative care services and services in receipt of Commonwealth home care or residential aged care funding. Successful recipients are listed by state:

Optimal Care Pathways

Cancer Council Victoria is seeking feedback on two care pathways over the period to 11th February, 2015. Input from medical colleges, peak organisations and other interested groups/individuals is being sought. This public consultation round relates to:
  • Optimal cancer care for people with ovarian cancer
  • Optimal cancer care for people with high grade glioma.

NSAP Update

NSAP is moving into an online environment continuing the self-assessment of palliative care standards at a new website. Check out the new site at http://nsap.klixhosting.com.au/

CareSearch develops Decision Assist resources

A set of resources has been developed by the CareSearch team to support the Decision Assist Program. They include:
Last updated 31 July 2015