CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives

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.
 

CPR discussions and decisions: a necessary part of medical treatment planning

A guest blog post by Dr Barbara Hayes, Clinical Lead - Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care Consultant, Northern Health (Melbourne)

  • 9 June 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 805
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CPR discussions and decisions: a necessary part of medical treatment planning

Discussions about CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) are difficult because they confront the person with death. However, when cardiac arrest occurs there is no time to ponder the pros and cons of CPR or to discuss this with the person’s substitute medical treatment decision-maker. Dr Barbara Hayes, Clinical Lead in Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care Consultant at Northern Health, discusses the importance of increasing awareness of CPR decision-making prior to acute illness and why discussions and decisions are a necessary part of medical treatment planning.

CareSearch Engagement Project – discovering the importance of context

A blog post by Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow, CareSearch, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 4 June 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1011
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CareSearch Engagement Project – discovering the importance of context

Informing people with vastly different backgrounds, literacy levels and capacity, as well as roles is a challenge. This is why in the 2017-2020 project period, CareSearch and palliAGED began the Engagement Project working with specific groups (allied health, aged care and patients, carers, and families) to learn more about how they find and use health care information and what information about end of life and palliative care they need. Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow for CareSearch discusses some key findings from the project and the central importance of context.

Palliative care and COVID-19: destruction, disruption and new opportunities…

A guest blog post by Rohan Greenland, CEO, Palliative Care Australia

  • 27 May 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 405
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Palliative care and COVID-19: destruction, disruption and new opportunities…

COVID-19 has caused many disruptions but has also created new approaches and innovations, especially when it comes to existing palliative care patients and the palliative care workforce. Palliative Care Australia (PCA) brought together experts in a range of disciplines including clinical, academic, research, policy, and advocacy. In this blog, PCA CEO Rohan Greenland discusses the work of the Australian COVID-19 Palliative Care Working Group and the range of activities being undertaken to build the capacity of systems and to foster collaboration.

Supporting carers to help manage symptoms in home-based palliative care patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

A guest blog post by Professor Liz Reymond, Director, Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative and Deputy Director, Metro South Palliative Care Service

  • 25 May 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 420
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Supporting carers to help manage symptoms in home-based palliative care patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge for patients, carers, and health professionals, especially for those providing home-based palliative care to patients. Professor Liz Reymond Director at Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative and Deputy Director at Metro South Palliative Care Service discusses the new caring@home packages for carers to support them to help manage symptoms in home-based palliative care patients and limit the risk of community COVID-19 transmission. 

The silver lining of COVID-19

A guest blog post by Associate Professor Odette Spruijt, Palliative Medicine Specialist, Australasian Palliative Link International

  • 20 May 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1207
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The silver lining of COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented many challenges and trauma's, however, there have also been some positive developments. Associate Professor Odette Spruijt from Australasian Palliative Link International discusses the opportunities which have evolved during this pandemic, as well as shares positive experiences she has encountered at her workplace and also some on international collaborations.

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