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Informing people with vastly different backgrounds, literacy levels and capacity, as well as roles is a challenge. This is why in the 2017-2020 project period, CareSearch and palliAGED began the Engagement Project working with specific groups (allied health, aged care and patients, carers, and families) to learn more about how they find and use health care information and what information about end of life and palliative care they need. Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow for CareSearch discusses some key findings from the project and the central importance of context.
Music therapy is an allied health research-based profession practiced worldwide. To mark World Music Therapy Day on March 1, we feature a blog from Angela Delaney, Allied Health Clinical Education Coordinator in Paediatric Palliative Care at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service. Angela explains what music therapy is, and the important role of music therapists in providing comfort and care for paediatric palliative care patients.
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.
Speech pathologists work across the continuum of care from hospital to community and across the age spectrum from premature babies to geriatric care. However, sometimes it is hard for speech pathologists to explain what they do and why it is so rewarding. As part of this paediatric palliative care series, Ashlen Harrop a senior speech pathologist at Queensland Children's Hospital gives an insight into her role as a speech pathologist in paediatric palliative care.
Paediatric palliative care aims to enhance the quality of life of the child or your person who has a life limiting illness and support his/her family. In the first of our blog series on paediatric palliative care, Sarah Baggio from the Quality of Care Collaborative Australia project discusses the important role of Allied Health Professionals in supporting children in palliative care.