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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Palliative care for specific populations (294kb pdf)
From Australian Family Physician 
Providing culturally appropriate palliative care to indigenous Australians (1.44MB pdf)
A resource kit from the National Palliative Care Program
Pain management in Aboriginal health (443kb pdf)
From Rural and Remote Health
 

Advance care planning 

About advance care planning (Select State or Territory of interest then download the guide)
From the Advance Care Planning Australia website
FAQs – Information about advance care planning for the general public 
For consumers. From the Advance Care Planning Australia website
Living with Kidney failure
Health fact sheets
Information for consumers. From Kidney Health Australia

The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, US
Produces factsheets including:

State by state information about advance care planning
From the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners website

Information for Professionals about advance care planning
From Advance Care Planning Australia website

See also
Communication
Non-malignant diseases
Prognosis

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Aged 

Medical care of older persons in residential aged care 
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioner's Silver Book
Pain in residential aged care  - management strategies (949kb pdf)
Resources from the Australian Pain Society including Implementation Kit
Guidelines for a palliative approach in residential aged care 
National Health and Medical Research Council's endorsed Australian guidelines

Palliative care for specific populations (294kb pdf)
From Australian Family Physician
Dignity and the challenge of dying in nursing homes: the residents’ view
From Age and Ageing
Dying in Older Age -  reflections and experiences from an older person’s perspective (943kb pdf)
From Help the Aged (UK) website

Pain assessment in the cognitively impaired
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Pain assessment in advanced dementia - PAINAD Scale (27kb pdf)
Validated tool for use in dementia
Abbey Pain scale (86kb pdf)
From Dementia Care Australia. To assess pain in the patient who is cognitively impaired or unable to communicate verbally

Post-discharge home medicines review for older patients (9.78kb pdf)
From the Repatriation General Hospital's Pharmacy E-Bulletin

Coping after the death of someone with dementia
From Alzheimer's Australia

See also
Cognitive impairment
Residential aged care

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Ascites 

Palliative treatment of malignant ascites
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
How to : Perform an ascitic tap 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook

See also
Bowel obstruction

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Assessment tools

Needs Assessment Tool for Progressive Disease - Cancer (128kb pdf)
From Centre for Health Research and Psycho-oncology 
The PEPSICOLA aide memoire (77kb doc)
A palliative care monthly review checklist from Gold Standards Framework website

The modified Karnofsky scale (35kb pdf)
For assessing performance state and prognosis in advanced disease
Validation of the Australian-modified  Karnofsky Performance Scale
From BMC Palliative Care
The ECOG score
For assessing performance state and prognosis in advanced cancer 
Summary of prognostic tools commonly used in palliative care (642kb pdf) 
From Gold Standards Framework (UK)

The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, US
Produces factsheets including:

Pain - Numeric Rating Scale
A simple validated pain assessment tool. From the Cancer Pain Management Wiki

Abbey Pain scale (86kb pdf)
To assess pain in the patient who is cognitively impaired or unable to communicate verbally
Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia - PAINAD Scale (27kb pdf)
Validated tool for use in dementia

Symptom review  - SA (303kb pdf)
The standard symptom assessment tool used in Australian palliative care services. Assesses 7 core symptoms
Symptom review - Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (299kb pdf)
Used for a more extensive assessment of physical and psychological problems

Delirium – Confusion Assessment  Method (CAM)
Validated screening tool for delirium from The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University

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Bereavement

Commonly asked questions about grief
From the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement website
Understanding grief
From Palliative Care Australia

Suffering, loss and grief in palliative care (274kb pdf)
From Australian Family Physician
Guidance for bereavement needs assessment in palliative care
From Help the Hospices (UK). Scroll down to follow the link to the PDF
Survey of bereavement support provided by Australian palliative care services
From MJA 
Mortality after hospitalization of a spouse
From New England Journal of Medicine
A systematic review of the literature on complicated grief
Commonwealth funded report, 2006
Clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial and bereavement support of family caregivers of palliative care patients (630kb pdf)
Published by the Centre for Palliative Care (Vic) as a resource for health professionals

Understanding children’s grief 
From the Bereavement Care Centre, NSW

Bereavement information about the death of a child 
From the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Information parents, siblings, grandparents, and schools

Coping after the death of someone with dementia
From Alzheimer's Australia

Bereavement Support Across Cultures (1.91MB pdf)
Calvary Health Care resource for health professionals

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Bleeding

Until the chemist opens: palliation from the doctor’s bag  
From Australian Family Physician
Bleeding and haemorrhage
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Massive haemorrhage
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Symptom guidelines (181kb pdf)
From Canadian Virtual Hospice website

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Bowel obstruction

Until the chemist opens: palliation from the doctor’s bag  
From Australian Family Physician
Bowel obstruction 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Symptom guidelines (248kb pdf)
From Canadian Virtual Hospice website

See also
Nausea and vomiting
Symptom management

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C

Carers

Needs Assessment Tool for Progressive Disease - Cancer (128kb pdf)
From Centre for Health Research and Psycho-oncology 

What can I say, what can I do (273kb pdf)
An information brochure for families and friends from Palliative Care Australia
A journey lived (1.44MB pdf)
A booklet of carers’ stories from Palliative Care Australia
Looking after yourself (1.39MB pdf)
A pamphlet from Palliative Care Victoria
Family matters
Information about coping with family stress from the National Cancer Institute website, USA
Resources for carers (1.40MB pdf)
A pamphlet from Palliative Care Victoria

Respite care
From Department of Social Services on respite for carers

The process of dying (1.39MB pdf)
A brochure for caregivers from Palliative Care Victoria

Claim forms to help you after someone has died
From CentreLink
What are an executor’s responsibilities? 
From the Bereavement Care Centre, NSW

Palliative care and caregiver outcomes 
From Supportive Care in Cancer
Mortality after hospitalization of a spouse 
From New England Journal of Medicine

See also
Bereavement
Family issues

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Case conferencing

EPC  Multidisciplinary Case Conferences information and item numbers
Information from Medicare Benefits Scheme Online
Promoting patient centred palliative care through case conferencing (166kb pdf)
Article from Australian Family Physician

See also
Medicare information

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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy: response and survival data   
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Palliative chemotherapy
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts

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Children

Palliative care for specific populations (294kb pdf)
From Australian Family Physician

Barriers to paediatric palliative care (290kb pdf)
From Pediatrics
Paediatric pain assessment scales 
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts

Bereavement information about the death of a child 
From the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne -  relates to parents, siblings, grandparents, and schools

Understanding children’s grief 
From the Bereavement Care Centre, NSW
When a parent is dying   
From Canadian Family Physician
 

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Cognitively impaired

Prognostication in dementia
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Pain assessment in the cognitively impaired
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts

Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia - PAINAD Scale (27kb pdf)
Validated tool for use in dementia
Abbey Pain scale (86kb pdf)
To assess pain in the patient who is cognitively impaired or unable to communicate verbally. From Dementia Care Australia

See also
Aged
Residential aged care

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Communication 

'Asking questions can help'
A question prompt list. From Palliative Care Australia
'What can I say, what can I do' (273kb pdf) 
An information brochure for families and friends. From Palliative Care Australia
Palliative care information in other languages
Information brochures in community languages. From Palliative Care Victoria

Talking to patients about death and dying (69kb pdf) 
From Australian Family Physician
Teams: Communication in Multidisciplinary Care (138kb pdf)
Discussion on communication in cancer from The Oncologist
Communicating prognosis and end of life issues…  
Guidelines published in the Medical Journal of Australia

The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, US
Produces factsheets including:

The National Relay Service
For people with speech and/or hearing difficulty
Books Beyond Words  
Information for people with learning or literacy problems -  has titles that address death and dying, and living with cancer.  Can be ordered online from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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Coroner reportability 

State and Territory Coroners information

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Delirium

Confusion and terminal restlessness (1.39MB pdf) 
An information brochure for carers from Palliative Care Victoria website

Delirium – Confusion Assessment  Method (CAM)
Validated screening tool for delirium from The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University
Delirium – Nursing Delirium Screening Scale NuDESC (29kb pdf)
Validated screening tool for inclusion as part of the nursing assessment of palliative care in-patients

Until the chemist opens: palliation from the doctor’s bag  
From Australian Family Physician
Delirium and confusion 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook

Terminal agitation
From Palliative Medicine Handbook

Symptom guidelines (304kb pdf)
From Canadian Virtual Hospice website

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Distress

Fear of death
From The Oncologist

The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, US
Produces factsheets including:

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Dyspnoea

Until the chemist opens: palliation from the doctor’s bag  
From Australian Family Physician
Dyspnoea 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
SVC obstruction 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook

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Emergencies

Until the chemist opens: palliation from the doctor’s bag  
From Australian Family Physician 

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End of life care

The process of dying (1.39MB pdf)
A brochure for caregivers. From Palliative Care Victoria website
Confusion and terminal restlessness (1.39MB pdf) 
An information brochure for carers. From Palliative Care Victoria website

End of life care pathway (144kb pdf)
An example of a primary care pathway. From the Central Coast Palliative Care Service, NSW
Patient summary of treatment recommendations near the end of life 
From the American College of Physicians

The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, US
Produces factsheets including:

Benzodiazepines in end of life care (76kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin

Issues in end of life care in psychiatric institutions
From International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation

End of life care in cardiopulmonary diseases 
From Chest

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Family issues

Needs Assessment Tool for Progressive Disease - Cancer (128kb pdf)
From Centre for Health Research and Psycho-oncology 
Palliative Care Needs Assessment Guidelines Summary (218kb pdf)
From Centre for Health Research and Psycho-oncology

A journey lived (1.44MB pdf)
A booklet of carers’ stories from Palliative Care Australia
Family matters
Information about coping with family stress from the National Cancer Institute website, USA

The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, US
Produces factsheets including:

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General information about palliative care 

What is palliative care? 
An information brochure for the community. From Palliative Care Australia
Palliative care
A page for patients. From JAMA

Attitudes and barriers to involvement in palliative care by Australian urban general practitioners
Article from Journal of Palliative Medicine
Palliative care: Promoting general practice participation
Article from MJA
Palliative care at home: general practitioners working with palliative care teams
Article from MJA
Information on the palliative approach in Australia (48kb pdf)
A brochure for international medical graduates from the Rural Palliative Care Program, Ballarat 
GPs caring for haematology patients (147kb pdf)
From Australian Family Physician

Definition of palliative care   
From the World Health Organisation
Standards for providing quality palliative care for all australians (633kb pdf)
A policy document from Palliative Care Australia.

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HIV/AIDS

Palliative Care of Patients with HIV
From HIV InSite, University of California, San Francisco, USA.
 

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Home
 


Homeless

Dying on the streets (143kb pdf)
From Journal of General Internal Medicine

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Hope

Dignity and the essence of medicine: the A, B, C, and D of dignity conserving care (191kb pdf)
Article from BMJ
Management of hope (162kb pdf)
Article from Canadian Family Physician

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Hospital

CPR survival in the hospital setting
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts

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Intellectual disability

When my Dad died 
From Learning about intellectual disabilities and health website, UK
Bereavement in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities 
From Learning about intellectual disabilities and health website, UK
Managing grief better
From Learning about intellectual disabilities and health website, UK
Books Beyond Words  
Information for people with learning or literacy problems - has titles that address death and dying, and living with cancer.  Can be ordered online from the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Palliative Care In People With Congenital Or Acquired Intellectual Disability
Report from Centre for Disability Studies, University of Sydney

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Interventional modalities for pain

Interventional techniques for cancer pain (89kb pdf)
Radiotherapy in cancer pain (90kb pdf)
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for cancer pain (237kb pdf)
Fact sheets developed by the International Association for the Study of Pain for 2008–2009 Global Year Against Cancer Pain
Radiotherapy basics for GPs (191kb pdf)
From Canadian Family Physician
Epidural and intrathecal analgesia  
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
 

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Medicare information

Medicare items - helping you deliver comprehensive cancer care (929kb pdf)
A summary from CanNet
General information on Medicare
From Medicare Australia
Chronic Disease Management
From Department of Health

Post-discharge home medicines review for older patients (10kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin

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Medications

Understanding the side effects of medicines (335kb pdf)
Fact sheet from the Australian Self-Medication Industry

Information for consumers from the National Prescribing Service

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme: Palliative care listing
Provides information on specific preparations and preparations that may be prescribed in larger quantities for palliative care patients
National Prescribing Service
Provides medications information for both consumers and health professionals
Palliative Medicine Handbook
An online palliative care formulary. Click on Notes on Prescribing for detailed symptom management advice for specific symptoms.
Using medicines beyond their license (198kb pdf)
Information from the British Pain Society
Managing comorbidities at the end of life
Article from the BMJ
Essential drugs in palliative care (190kb pdf)
From Australian Family Physician
Until the chemist opens: palliation from the doctor’s bag
From Australian Family Physician 

Paracetamol – a question of dose (26kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin
Benzodiazepines in end of life care (76kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin
Nausea in palliative care (19kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin
Corticosteroids in palliative care (19kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin

Subcutaneous opioid infusions  
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Opioid infusions in the imminently dying patient 
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts

See also
Opioids
Prescribing in palliative care
Symptom management
Or sections on specific symptoms

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Multicultural

Multicultural Palliative Care Guidelines (589kb pdf)
From Palliative Care Australia
Getting to know your medicines - Multilingual resources
For consumers. From the National Prescribing Service

Cultural diversity at the End of Life: Issues and guidelines for family physicians
Article from American Family Physician

Improving the use of translating and interpreting services (1.04MB pdf)
From Victorian Government

Pain assessment tool in multiple languages
From the British Pain Society
 

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Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting (1.39MB pdf)
An information brochure for consumers. From Palliative Care Victoria

Nausea in palliative care (19kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin
Opioids and nausea
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Until the chemist opens: palliation from the doctor’s bag  
From Australian Family Physician

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Non-malignant conditions

Care for all at the end of life 
From BMJ
Palliative care in non-malignant diseases 
From Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Managing comorbidities in patients at the end of life 
Article from the BMJ

Overview of prognostication in non-malignant diseases (642kb pdf)
From Gold Standards Framework, UK
GPs’ attitudes to discussing prognosis in COPD 
From Family Practice

The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, US
Produces factsheets including:

Living with Kidney failure
Health fact sheets
Information for consumers. From Kidney Health Australia

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O

Ongoing education

New South Wales

Griffith University
  • Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

University of Sydney, Pain Management Research Institute (online course)

  • Graduate Certificate in Pain Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Pain Management
  • Master of Medicine (Pain Management)
  • Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management)

Queensland

University of Queensland (online course)

  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Chronic Disease and Palliative Care)
  • Master of Nursing (Chronic Disease and Palliative Care)

South Australia

Flinders University of South Australia (online course, with on campus intensives in some topics)

  • Palliative Care
  • Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
  • Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care
  • Master of Palliative Care
  • Graduate Certificate in Health (Palliative Care)
  • Palliative Care in Aged Care
  • Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care in Aged Care
  • Master of Palliative Care in Aged Care
  • Doctor of Philosophy

University of Adelaide

  • Graduate Certificate in Grief and Palliative Care Counselling
  • Graduate Diploma in Grief and Palliative Care Counselling
  • Masters in Grief and Palliative Care Counselling

Victoria

LaTrobe University
  • Health Promoting Palliative Care (Graduate Certificate)
  • Master of Health Sciences (Palliative Care Major)
Monash University
  • Community-based Palliative Care for Health Practitioners (on-line)
  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: PGP5018 Palliative care

University of Melbourne (online or on campus)

  • Specialist Certificate in Palliative Care
  • Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
  • Master of Public Health (by Coursework)
  • Master of Public Health (by Research)

Western Australia

Edith Cowan University (online course)

  • Master of Clinical Nursing

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Opioids

Opioid pharmacology 
Overview from IAHPC Manual of Palliative Care
A step-by-step guide to pain control 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook

Analgesic choices 
NPS Prescribing practice review
Until the chemist opens: palliation from the doctor’s bag  
From Australian Family Physician

Online opioid dose calculator
From Palliative Medicine Handbook

Pain and pain management (1.39MB pdf)
A brochure for patients. From Palliative Care Victoria
Facts about morphine and other opioid medicines in palliative care 
Brochure for consumers. From Palliative Care Australia

From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin

The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, US
Produces factsheets including:

Morphine resistant pain 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook

Epidural and intrathecal analgesia  
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
 
From National Prescribing Service Radar

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Pain

Overcoming Cancer Pain - A guide for people with cancer, their families and friends (314kb pdf)
Booklet for patients and families. From the Cancer Council of NSW
Sample pain diary (165kb pdf)
From the American Cancer Society and example of a pain diary. This is suitable for any person with pain, not just those with cancer
Facts about morphine and other opioid medicines in palliative care 
Brochure for consumers. From Palliative Care Australia
Pain and pain management  (1.39MB pdf)
For patients and families. From Palliative Care Victoria

Pain - Numeric Rating Scale 
A simple validated pain assessment tool from the Cancer Pain Management Wiki
Pain assessment tool in multiple languages
From the British Pain Society
Pain assessment in the cognitively impaired
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Abbey Pain Scale (86kb pdf)
Used for measuring pain in those who cannot verbalise
Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia - PAINAD Scale (27kb pdf)
Validated tool for use in dementia
Paediatric pain assessment scales 
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts

Pain management in palliative care 
From Australian Family Physician   
Pain in residential aged care (949kb pdf)
Guidelines from the Australian Pain Society
Paracetamol – a question of dose (26kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin

Neuropathic pain  
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Morphine resistant pain 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Epidural and intrathecal analgesia  
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Radiotherapy basics for family physicians (191kb pdf)
From Canadian Family Physician
Until the chemist opens: palliation from the doctor’s bag  
From Australian Family Physician 

IASP Pain Factsheets
Fact sheets developed by the International Association for the Study of Pain for 2008–2009 Global Year Against Cancer Pain
Breast cancer and pain (91kb pdf)
Cancer pain in children (240kb pdf)
Interventional techniques for cancer pain (89kb pdf)
Lung cancer and pain (241kb pdf)
Total cancer pain (95kb pdf)
Radiotherapy in cancer pain (90kb pdf)
Prostate cancer and malignant bone pain (91kb pdf)
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for cancer pain (237kb pdf)
Epidemiology of cancer pain (83kb pdf)
Assessment of cancer pain (86kb pdf)
Cancer pain treatment (92kb pdf)
Pharmacological management of cancer pain (93Kb pdf)           
Barriers to cancer pain treatment (87kb pdf)
Treatment-related pain (83kb pdf)
Cancer pain in older people (86kb pdf)
Partners and caregivers of cancer patients having pain (90kb pdf)
Psychological aspects of cancer pain (88kb pdf)
Psychosocial interventions for cancer pain (92kb pdf)
Pain and symptom management in the final days of life (86kb pdf)
 

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Performance state

The modified Karnofsky scale (35kb pdf)
For assessing performance state and prognosis in advanced disease
The ECOG score
For assessing performance state and prognosis in advanced cancer
Determining prognosis in advanced cancer
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts

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Pleural effusions

Malignant pleural effusions: interventional management
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
How to : Perform a pleural tap
From Palliative Medicine Handbook

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Prescribing in palliative care

Palliative Medicine Handbook
An online palliative care formulary. Click on Notes on Prescribing for detailed symptom management advice for specific symptoms.
PBS information for prescribers   
From the Department of Health
Information on palliative care listings
Factsheet from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme 
Australian Special Access Scheme (92kb pdf)
From the Repatriation General Hospital Pharmacy E-Bulletin, describes the arrangements by which unapproved palliative care drugs are able to be accessed
Schedule 8 Drugs (8kb pdf)
From the Repatriation General Hospital Pharmacy E-Bulletin

Understanding the side effects of medicines (335kb pdf)
Factsheet for consumers. From Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Generic medicines are an equal choice
Consumer campaign. From National Prescribing Service

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Prognosis

Summary of prognostic tools commonly used in palliative care (642kb pdf)  
From Gold Standards Framework, UK 
GPs’ attitudes to discussing prognosis in COPD (50kb pdf)
From Family Practice

The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, US
Produces factsheets including:

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Psychiatric issues

Issues in end of life care in psychiatric institutions
From International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Treatment of depression in cancer patients (166kb pdf)
From Ontario’s Program in  Evidence Based Care
Panic disorder at end-of-life
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Substance use disorders in the palliative care patient
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts

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R

Referral

Needs Assessment Tool for Progressive Disease - Cancer (128kb pdf)
From Centre for Health Research and Psycho-oncology 
Palliative Care Needs Assessment Guidelines Summary (218kb pdf)
From Centre for Health Research and Psycho-oncology

National Palliative Care Service Directory   
For consumers and health professionals. From Palliative Care Australia

General practitioners’ use and experiences of palliative care services (235kb pdf)
From BMC Palliative Care

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Residential aged care

Dignity and the challenge of dying in nursing homes: the residents’ view (130kb pdf)
From Age and Ageing

Medical Care of Older Persons in Residential Aged Care
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Silver Book
Pain in Residential Aged Care  - Management Strategies (949kb pdf)
Resources from the Australian Pain Society including Implementation Kit
Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care 
National Health and Medical Research Council's endorsed Australian guidelines

Pain assessment in the cognitively impaired
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia - PAINAD Scale (27kb pdf)
Validated tool for use in dementia
Abbey Pain scale (86kb pdf)
From Dementia Care Australia. To assess pain in the patient who is cognitively impaired or unable to communicate verbally

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Rural and remote

Improving the quality of palliative care in regional Toowoomba (86kb pdf)
Article in Rural and Remote Health

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Seizures

Convulsions and seizures
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Symptom guidelines (268kb pdf) 
From Canadian Virtual Hospice website

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Self-care for clinicians

Caring for oneself to care for others: physicians and their self-care.
Article published in the Journal of Supportive Oncology, 2013.

Doctors’ health 
From the Australian Medical Association
The conspiracy of silence: Emotional health amongst medical practitioners (642kb pdf)
A literature review from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Confronting personal mortality 
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Professional patient boundaries in palliative care
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts

Learning to cope (128kb pdf)
From The Oncologist’s Schwarz Center Rounds. Discussion about how doctors cope with the deaths of their patients, and the costs and consequences of different coping strategies
Hope (82kb pdf)
From The Oncologist’s Schwarz Center Rounds.  Discussion about the challenges of maintaining hope – for both doctors and patients – when working with patients dying of cancer

Report on prevalence and predictors of burnout in oncology (289kb pdf)
From Cancer Institute NSW, COSA and CHERP

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Spinal cord compression

Spinal cord compression
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Symptom guidelines (248 kb pdf) 
From Canadian Virtual Hospice
Metastatic spinal cord compression in adults 
Guidelines from National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK
Corticosteroids in palliative care (18kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin

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Spiritual care 

Ethical boundaries of spiritual care
Article from MJA
Suffering, grief and loss in palliative care
Article from Australian Family Physician

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Symptom management

Palliative Medicine Handbook
An online palliative care formulary. Click on Notes on Prescribing for detailed symptom management advice for specific symptoms.
Palliating symptoms other than pain (159kb pdf)
From Australian Family Physician
Patient summary of treatment recommendations near the end of life 
From the American College of Physicians

Nausea in palliative care (19kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin
Dyspnoea 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
SVC obstruction
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Intestinal obstruction 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Delirium and confusion 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Terminal agitation 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Bleeding and haemorrhage
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Massive haemorrhage
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Spinal cord compression
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Metastatic spinal cord compression in adults 
Guidelines from National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK
Convulsions and seizures
From Palliative Medicine Handbook
Radiotherapy basics for GPs (191kb pdf)
From Canadian Family Physician

An information brochure for consumers. From Palliative Care Victoria
Nausea and vomiting (1.39MB pdf)
An information brochure for consumers. From Palliative Care Victoria
Nutrition in palliative care (1.39MB pdf)
An information brochure for carers. From Palliative Care Victoria
Anorexia in advanced illness (1.39MB pdf)
An information brochure for patients and families. From Palliative Care Victoria
Confusion and terminal restlessness (1.39MB pdf)
An information brochure for carers. From Palliative Care Victoria

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Syringe drivers

Syringe Driver Management In Palliative Care
Online education module on syringe driver management from the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education
Subcutaneous opioid infusions 
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Opioid infusions in the imminently dying patient 
From the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Fast Facts
Benzodiazepines in end of life care (76kb pdf)
From the RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin
Online calculator : Drug compatibility in syringe drivers 
From Palliative Medicine Handbook

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Young carers

Online information for young carers 
From Carers Australia
Young adult carers in the UK (1.21MB pdf)
From the Princess Royal Trust for Carers

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Last updated 28 April 2016