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Quality of life is an important outcome in aged care where curative treatments may no longer be the main focus. Research Fellow Dr Claire Hutchinson discusses a three year research project which develops a new quality of life measure that aged care providers can use for quality assessments.
Aged care training will need to include capacity for palliative care with its focus on quality of life and support for the person and their families. CareSearch Senior Research Fellow Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht discusses how the new palliAGED modules for aged care nurses can help.
To improve access to and diversify quality palliative care services the South Australian State Government provided grants to 16 organisations. We are publishing a Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program blog series featuring these projects.
In our first blog for the series, Alison Harrington, Founder and CEO of Moove & Groove, discusses how the online program helps to improve the wellbeing of seniors and how they plan to expand it given the positive feedback from participants.
ELDAC has developed the Working Together Program, which involves helping create linkages between specialist palliative and aged care providers. In this blog, Kathleen Wurth, a Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant from Port Kembla Palliative Care Service, shares her perspectives on partnering with a residential aged care facility to improve the provision of palliative care within the facility.
ELDAC project coordinators have been undertaking activities for the past three years as part of the Working Together Program which involves helping provide linkages between specialist palliative and aged care providers. The program has now reached the end of its first phase. In their latest blog, the ELDAC project coordinators showcase the outcomes and achievements of the 70 aged care services who participated across Australia and how the program has supported participating aged care services through individual, service and system development.