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.
 

Prioritising advance care planning in COVID-19 response

A guest blog post by Linda Nolte, Program Director, Advance Care Planning Australia

  • 31 August 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 772
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Prioritising advance care planning in COVID-19 response

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our health and aged care services, there is a strong case for prioritising advance care planning (ACP) as part of the national response. Linda Nolte from Advance Care Planning Australia discusses how ACP could be better used to manage a surge in healthcare demand during the pandemic, with recommendations on how this might be achieved.

Upskilling our aged care staff using the ELDAC Care Model

A guest blog post by Yan Yau, Quality, Risk & Compliance Officer and Coordinator Lead for ANHF participating in the ELDAC Working Together Program, Australian Nursing Home Foundation (ANHF)

  • 26 August 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1311
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Upskilling our aged care staff using the ELDAC Care Model

The ELDAC Care Model is a guide to help aged care staff and health professionals meet the needs of older Australians coming to the end of their life. In her blog, Quality, Risk and Compliance Officer and Coordinator of the ANHF-ELDAC Program, Yan Yau, discusses how the Australian Nursing Home Foundation (ANHF) is using the ELDAC Care Model to upskill staff in key areas relevant to end-of-life care.

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: 1138
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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.

Complexities in advance care planning in aged care: the ELDAC Helpline experience

A guest blog post by Caroline Litster, Research Officer, ELDAC Helpline Team Member and PhD Candidate, Flinders University

  • 19 May 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 840
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Complexities in advance care planning in aged care: the ELDAC Helpline experience

Advance care planning (ACP) is one of the main topics that callers to the ELDAC Helpline call for assistance with. Caroline Litster, Research Officer from ELDAC, discusses the type of ACP inquiries received, and how the Helpline team assist callers with navigating the more complex concerns around ACP in aged care, such as those relating to residents who lack decision-making capacity.

Diversity considerations for advance care planning

A guest blog post by Dr Georgia Rowley, Research Associate, ELDAC

  • 21 April 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 811
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Diversity considerations for advance care planning

Everyone should consider an advance care plan (ACP), however, ACP is a concept based on Western principles of self-determination, patient autonomy, informed consent and decision-making. These values are not universally accepted and compete with other beliefs for many older Australians. Dr Georgia Rowley from ELDAC discusses Australia’s diverse population and how diversity considerations should be made when engaging in ACP initiatives.

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