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.
 

Trajectories of functional decline at the end of life. What do they tell us?

A guest blog post by Dr Deidre Morgan, Lecturer and Researcher, Palliative and Supportive Services, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 16 April 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1560
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Trajectories of functional decline at the end of life. What do they tell us?
It is uncertain how each of us will die and how we will experience the declining capacity to manage everyday activities as we approach death. Dr Deidre Morgan from Flinders University discusses her recent study evaluating the trajectories of functional decline of Australian patients receiving specialist palliative care and how the findings can provide guidance about resource allocation.

Staying in the ring: Clinical speech pathology at the end of life

A guest blog post by Wendy Pearse, Principal Project Officer for End of Life Care, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and Speech Pathology Australia Aged Care Working Party member

  • 22 January 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 2096
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Staying in the ring: Clinical speech pathology at the end of life

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.

Bridging the Evidence Gap in Allied Health

A guest blog post from Matt Ransom, Academic Researcher, International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE)

  • 9 October 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1523
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Bridging the Evidence Gap in Allied Health
The use of evidence in allied health is evolving and more allied health professionals are now becoming involved in research training, knowledge generation, knowledge translation, evidence implementation and policy setting. Matt Ransom from the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) discusses the importance of using evidence-based practice within allied health and the resources that exist to help allied health professionals access the evidence. 

When the small things become extraordinarily important…

A guest blog post by Dr Deidre Morgan, Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 18 November 2016
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 4910
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When the small things become extraordinarily important…
When someone has an incurable disease like advanced cancer or motor neurone disease, they experience many changes, one of which is functional decline. Although functional decline is inevitable at the end-of-life, the drive for people to remain as independent as possible is actually heightened at this time. The occupational therapist (OT) has two key roles to play here. Firstly, they play an active role in optimising a person’s independence and participation as function declines. Secondly, by supporting active participation in everyday activities to the best of a person’s ability, the OT can support people to come to terms with bodily deterioration and pending death. I’ll look at these two concepts in more detail.  
 

Highlighting Pain: World Hospice Day 2016

A guest blog post from Dr Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director, Associate Professor, Discipline Palliative and Supportive Services

  • 8 October 2016
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 2529
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Highlighting Pain: World Hospice Day 2016
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. It is organised by a committee of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance. The purpose of this day is:
  • To share WHPCA's vision of increasing the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues
  • To raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families
  • To raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world.
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