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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.
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.
Palliative care for people living with dementia should be available when and where it is needed. The Dementia Australia Policy Team discusses their discussion paper on what Australia needs to do to improve palliative care services for people living with dementia.
Access to evidence and trustworthy resources is an important part of providing best practice palliative care for older Australians. Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht from CareSearch, discusses how the CareSearch/palliAGED information and resources for the aged care sector have now been consolidated into a single site to improve the ease of finding this information, and highlights where to go for information relevant to your needs.
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.