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Currently, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are significantly less likely to access palliative care services, in comparison to the Australian population. In the 10th blog for our National Palliative Care Project series Dr Tina Janamian, General Manager for Education and Innovation at AGPAL discusses a new project to help ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have access to culturally safe palliative care and end-of-life services.
In Central Australia, statistics about closing the gap come to life. For the Part of Life blog series, Palliative Care Specialist Dr Christine Sanderson at Alice Springs Hospital discusses the palliative care needs of Aboriginal patients, and how her team work to provide quality and person-centred care.
In the fourth blog for our National Palliative Care Projects series, Professor Liz Reymond, Director for Metro South Health at Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative, discusses the aims of the caring@home Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders People Project.
The WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network (WACPCN), WA Department of Health is committed to delivering quality and culturally respectful end-of-life and palliative care in Western Australia. This year the WACPCN released their WA End-of-Life and Palliative Care Strategy 2018-2028. Frances Arthur from the WA Department of Health discusses the importance and priorities of the strategy including insights from the community during consultation process, as well as the broad consultation undertaken during development to identify gaps, innovations and improvements.
Many health professionals would like to help patients with advance care planning. However, most of them need more training and support to improve their skills and confidence. Linda Nolte of Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) writes how their free online courses can help upskill and build the confidence of health professionals in this important area.