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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.
The Department of Health is supporting a number of national programs to help ensure that all Australians have access and receive the best possible palliative care and end of life care. We are dedicating a special Palliative Perspectives Blog series to highlight the goals and priorities of each of the projects in 2020-2023.
In the first blog for the series, our Director Professor Jennifer Tieman discusses the National Palliative Care Strategy and the collective role of the programs in meeting the needs of Australia’s diverse population.
Grief and loss often impact older adults more, which can increase their likelihood of developing mental illness. Felicity Chapman, Mental Health Clinician and Aged Care Specialist, discusses how working with grief is a key part of her counselling with older adults and demonstrates this through a client’s story.
Pharmacists play an important role within an inter-disciplinary paediatric palliative care team. Debbie Rando, a Pharmacist at the Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, shares how her role helps children with life-limiting conditions.
Death is something we all have to cope with, however, we seem reluctant to think about, talk about, and plan for it. Professor Jennifer Tieman, Director of CareSearch and the Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying at Flinders University, discusses the aims of Dying2Learn and how the online course offers the Australian general community the chance to learn and talk about death and dying.
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our health and aged care services, there is a strong case for prioritising advance care planning (ACP) as part of the national response. Linda Nolte from Advance Care Planning Australia discusses how ACP could be better used to manage a surge in healthcare demand during the pandemic, with recommendations on how this might be achieved.