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Eleven Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia are implementing the Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care (GCfAHPC) measure. In the first of our blog series on GCfAHPC, Julie Armitage and Lyn McVee from Adelaide PHN discuss the 'Enabling Choice for South Australians' project and the activities they implemented to enable and support capacity building and quality continuous improvement in palliative and end-of-life care.
CarerHelp is an online resource that empowers family carers to prepare for caring for a person with terminal illness. Di Saward from Centre for Palliative Care at St Vincent’s Hospital discusses the importance of identifying and appraising existing online resources to inform content, and some of the processes involved in developing CarerHelp.
Advance care planning (ACP) can improve end of life care in line with a person's wishes. But is it a Western concept that can be applied to other countries? Yumi Naito a registered nurse and masters student at Flinders University discusses how ACP is enabling decision making at the end of life in Japan.
As Australia continues to recognise the value of good-quality palliative care, so too comes the need to support our aged care workforce with the information and resources to provide it. Suzanne Greenwood from Catholic Health Australia discusses how the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) project connects health professionals with relevant and useful tools, information and resources that will help them deliver care that meets consumer expectations.
Speech pathologists will often work with patients undergoing palliative care and treatment, despite the perception that it may not be their role. Wendy Pearse, Principal Project Officer for End of Life Care at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service discusses challenging those perceptions and the importance of evidence-based practice in supporting speech pathologists in providing care for those patients.