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Information Pack for specialist palliative care services

Information Pack for specialist palliative care services

To assist specialist palliative care services and their team in supporting family carers, the CareSearch Team has led the development and are distributing free CarerHelp Information Packs containing practical information, advice, and useful resources for them to share with carers.

 

The pack is composed of factsheets and divided into three main sections: Getting Started, When Illness is Advancing, and Grief and Bereavement. Each section is organised according to the needs that carers have seen as important when someone is first diagnosed, when illness progresses, and when caring for a dying person. An Extras section featuring helplines and resources for mental health and emergency situations is also included.

 

Being divided into sections will allow services and health professionals to give the factsheets to family carers depending on the latter’s need and readiness. For more information and to order free copies, visit this webpage.

Posted: 12/10/2021
Launching the new CareSearch Portal

Launching the new CareSearch Portal

The new CareSearch Portal was officially launched today. Hosted by CareSearch Director Professor Jennifer Tieman, the online launch (watch recording here) was attended by participants from all over Australia and featured guest speakers:

 

  • Ms Helena Kyriazopoulos, CEO, Multicultural Communities Council of SA
  • Professor Leeroy William, President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine
  • Professor Virginia Lewis, Research Chair, Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing
  • Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow, CareSearch

According to Professor Tieman, the interactive and revamped portal is designed to support everyone – patients, carers, health professionals, and ordinary Australians – to have conversations about death and dying and make informed palliative care decisions.

“We will all need palliative care at one point, and many us will also care for a loved one who is dying. The new CareSearch portal is designed to help all Australians to prepare for their palliative care journey with trustworthy information and resources,” says Professor Tieman.

The new portal will help  individuals, families and communities to start reflections and conversations about dying and death, which are important steps in planning and getting appropriate support. Resources to enable patients and carers to make informed decisions when facing the end of life are included, along with practical information to plan for ageing and caring for older persons.

A section to empower diverse and underserved Australians to get appropriate and quality palliative care and support is also featured.

“In addition, the portal supports GPs, specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and allied health professionals to provide quality care in any setting they may be - whether in hospitals, paediatrics, aged care, or home or community care. Further, it provides the evidence that supports best practice and improved care,” Prof Tieman states.  

 “Our hope is that with the new CareSearch Portal, more Australians will be empowered when the time that they need support comes and our health professionals are equipped to provide quality palliative care.”

Posted: 21/09/2021
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