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Learning a loved one has a terminal illness is a tragic and unforgettable moment, made even more challenging for those who have studied the disease and know what to expect. In her guest blog, South Australian Advance Care Directive Consultant, Sandra Bradley, shares her experience of caring for her terminally ill husband throughout the COVID pandemic.
Advance care planning (ACP) can improve end-of-life care in line with a person’s wishes. In the seventh blog for our National Palliative Care Project series, Linda Nolte, Program Director at Advance Care Planning Australia discusses the aims of the national program and activities planned for the next three years to help improve care at the end of life.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created many opportunities for us to use technology in new and creative ways. Within the pandemic, the importance of technology in aged care has only grown, becoming a critical way of providing information, maintaining relationships, and supporting vital care. In this blog Professor Jennifer Tieman introduces a suite of Digital Innovations activities being developed by ELDAC.
In the fifth blog for our National Palliative Care Project series, by Professor Josephine Clayton, Dr Srivalli Nagarajan, Kelly Arthurs, Madeleine Juhrmann, and Marie Alford from HammondCare and Professor Jennifer Tieman from CareSearch discuss how the Advance Project will help address a critical gap in training and resources to support people with dementia accessing palliative care and advance care planning.
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.