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.
 

Talking about palliative care needs and death with people with diabetes

A guest blog post by Professor Trisha Dunning AM, Chair in Nursing, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, Barwon Health Partnership, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University

  • 12 November 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 2402
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Talking about palliative care needs and death with people with diabetes

Every six seconds, one person with diabetes dies. Professor Trisha Dunning from Deakin University discusses the importance of end of life care for people with diabetes, and of talking about and normalising death.

The importance of communication in palliative care

A guest blog post from Jan McGregor, Director, Aged Care Complaints Commissioner’s Clinical Unit

  • 29 August 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 8095
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The importance of communication in palliative care

Staff at the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner have been listening to the stories of those dying in aged care since we first began on 1 January 2016. These stories help us to understand the needs of dying people and their families, and to work with service providers to ensure that their palliative care improves. Jan McGregor, Director at Aged Care Complaints Commissioner’s Clinical Unit discusses the most difficult complaints to resolve are those where there has been a breakdown in communication between the service and the family and the importance of communication in palliative care.  

National Advance Care Planning Week

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

  • 16 April 2018
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 2441
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National Advance Care Planning Week
If you were unable to speak for yourself, who would you want to speak for you? And more importantly, what health care decisions would you want them to make? Discussing your values and preferences helps determine what would be important to your future health care. Linda Nolte, Program Director for Advance Care Planning Australia discusses National Advance Care Planning Week and the importance of the making our future preferences known.

Learning and vulnerability in end-of-life communication

A guest blog post by Kim Devery, Lead of End-of-Life Essentials, Senior Lecturer and Head of Teaching Section, Palliative Care, Flinders University

  • 6 November 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 3588
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Learning and vulnerability in end-of-life communication

In spring each year, postgraduate students from all around Australia leave family and work responsibilities to spend 2 intensive days at Flinders University in Adelaide. These professionals come to interact with peers and facilitators to learn more about communication at the end of life, the topic covered as core in all of our courses. 

Communication, the cornerstone of excellent end-of-life care, is that delicate skill that can flourish in the fertile environment of mindful practice and supportive critique. 

Never say die

A guest blog post from Deb Rawlings, Research Fellow CareSearch, Discipline Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University

  • 29 March 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 2923
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Never say die

The CareSearch team hosted a MOOC on death and dying (Dying2Learn) in 2016 with over 1,000 participants from 18 countries. The aim of the MOOC was to explore community attitudes in relation to death as a normal part of life, and to open conversations around death and dying. In week one participants were asked to look at language, and to ‘think of alternative words (or euphemisms) that are used to describe death’. We were surprised when we saw 471 participants providing 3,053 alternative words and posting blogs about language.
 

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The CareSearch blog Palliative Perspectives informs and provides a platform for sharing views, tips and ideas related to palliative care from community members and health professionals. 
 

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