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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.
Being aware and having access to evidence-based palliative care information is important for those providing or receiving palliative care. CareSearch is aware that the way people access information varies and that making information available is often of itself not enough. To better understand the palliative care information needs of people and organisations CareSearch undertook an Engagement Project. Katrina Erny-Albrecht from CareSearch discusses the aims and activities involved in the project.
When it comes to dying in an acute hospital, clinicians need some help and guidance to know how to care for vulnerable patients and what is needed at this point of their life. Maite Uribe from Southern Adelaide Palliative Care Service discusses caring for dying patients in an acute hospital setting, and three tips for getting it right.
Doctors caring for palliative patients encounter myriad of challenges. Dr Chris Moy chair of the Central Adelaide Clinical Council for Adelaide Primary Health Network and chair of the Federal AMA Ethics and Medico-legal Committee writes about the common hurdles faced by doctors, and how CareSearch can help them spend more time in caring for patients and their families.
I started out my career as an enrolled nurse and after a few short term positions spent 21 years at Ashford Hospital. While I was there and aged about 33, my brother died after a short diagnosis of cancer at age 35 – way too young and with much still to give. He spent a few weeks in Daw House hospice – my introduction to this facility and palliative care. I was so inspired with the way care could be delivered and the compassion with which staff went about their work that I decided then and there that this was the way I wished to work going forward. I learnt that, at that time, there was no hope of employment at Daw House for an enrolled nurse, so decided that I would study to become a registered nurse to realise my desire to work in this field.