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Sandra Bradley, RN, PhD, ACD consultant
28/07/2018 12:48 PM
This article does not make any clear what the individual in the community can expect for palliative care. It does not articulate what happens when a person with dementia (a terminal illness), or COPD, or any other end stage illness actually receives in on-the-ground care when they go to their GP. It does not articulate what that GP office will physically provide the person and their carer, for what length of time, for how many episodes of care, and how they will manage the care of the person AND the care of the carer until the patient dies. What the article describes is a continuing of the organisational needs over the individual needs. When I see what you are actually going to give to people in the community (the more than 150,000 in need in South Australia), then I will be able to promote your services better in my capacity as an "on-the-ground" advance care directive consultant. Until then, what you are describing is only of benefit to and for institutions and their institutional servants.
Rapsodie Barbour, Collaborations Officer, Adelaide
7/08/2018 10:11 AM
Thanks for your comments Sandra. We are certainly focused on activities that make a difference to people. We intend that the project supports your role by ensuring everyone who provides palliative care to residents, from family and loved ones to GPs, nurses, carers, pharmacy, hospital and paramedics, knows the decisions the resident has made regarding their end-of-life and palliative care.
Each aged care provider who has indicated interest in being part of this project is putting their hand up to focus on improving the capacity of their staff and systems to identify and prioritise issues which support or get in the way of delivering person centred and directed palliative care.
To keep in touch with the project, keep your eye out for the next issue of the Adelaide PHN Connect magazine, or visit the Adelaide PHN website www.adelaidephn.com.au.