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The views and opinions expressed in our blog series are those of the authors and are not necessarily supported by CareSearch, Flinders University and/or the Australian Government Department of Health.
The current COVID-19 pandemic is presenting many urgent challenges in healthcare. However, it is important to remember the continuing needs of current and new patients with other health problems. It is within this context that Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director from Flinders University discusses telehealth and how it can be used in addressing unexpected and novel health problems.
Fundamental care is central to caring for a dying patient. Professor Alison Kitson, Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, discusses the need to develop better ways of delivering fundamental care for patients in palliative care, and the aims of the Fundamentals of Care Research Program at the Caring Futures Institute.
Making fundamental care a reality for everyone – from birth through to palliative and end-of-life care – requires a concerted effort. Drs Rebecca Feo and Tiffany Conroy of the Caring Futures Institute at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University discuss the importance of providing quality fundamental care, and the role of the International Learning Collaborative.
The Quality of Care Collaborative Australia (QuoCCA) project delivers paediatric palliative care education to health professionals in urban, rural, regional, and remote areas. QuoCCA Lead Dr Anthony Herbert from Queensland Children's Hospital discusses some of the findings from their research evaluating the project, including innovative ways in delivering paediatric palliative care education.
Health professionals working in hospitals are faced with several barriers when implementing evidence based practice in end-of-life care, including the amount of evidence to read and the lack of time to appraise it. To help overcome these barriers, Deb Rawlings and Jane Durbridge from the End-of-Life Essentials project discuss how a free practice change toolkit can assist in bringing about positive changes at the point of care.