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.
 

CPR discussions and decisions: a necessary part of medical treatment planning

A guest blog post by Dr Barbara Hayes, Clinical Lead - Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care Consultant, Northern Health (Melbourne)

  • 9 June 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 972
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CPR discussions and decisions: a necessary part of medical treatment planning

Discussions about CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) are difficult because they confront the person with death. However, when cardiac arrest occurs there is no time to ponder the pros and cons of CPR or to discuss this with the person’s substitute medical treatment decision-maker. Dr Barbara Hayes, Clinical Lead in Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care Consultant at Northern Health, discusses the importance of increasing awareness of CPR decision-making prior to acute illness and why discussions and decisions are a necessary part of medical treatment planning.

Complexities in advance care planning in aged care: the ELDAC Helpline experience

A guest blog post by Caroline Litster, Research Officer, ELDAC Helpline Team Member and PhD Candidate, Flinders University

  • 19 May 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 752
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Complexities in advance care planning in aged care: the ELDAC Helpline experience

Advance care planning (ACP) is one of the main topics that callers to the ELDAC Helpline call for assistance with. Caroline Litster, Research Officer from ELDAC, discusses the type of ACP inquiries received, and how the Helpline team assist callers with navigating the more complex concerns around ACP in aged care, such as those relating to residents who lack decision-making capacity.

Diversity considerations for advance care planning

A guest blog post by Dr Georgia Rowley, Research Associate, ELDAC

  • 21 April 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 693
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Diversity considerations for advance care planning

Everyone should consider an advance care plan (ACP), however, ACP is a concept based on Western principles of self-determination, patient autonomy, informed consent and decision-making. These values are not universally accepted and compete with other beliefs for many older Australians. Dr Georgia Rowley from ELDAC discusses Australia’s diverse population and how diversity considerations should be made when engaging in ACP initiatives.

Advance care planning – now more important than ever

A guest blog post by Linda Nolte, Program Director, Advance Care Planning Australia

  • 14 April 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1319
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Advance care planning – now more important than ever

An important part of preparing for COVID-19 is to include advance care planning as part of your response. Only 25% of older Australians aged 65 years and over have documented their preferences in an Advance Care Directive. In her guest blog, Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) Program Director, Linda Nolte, shares why it is imperative to increase advance care planning for older Australians as the aged care sector prepares for the spread of the coronavirus.

The role of speech pathologists in advance care planning

A guest blog post by Wendy Pearse, End of Life Care Project Officer at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and Stephanie Veal, Senior Speech Pathologist at Austin Health

  • 26 March 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 839
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The role of speech pathologists in advance care planning

Speech Pathologists not only provide services to people whose function is affected by communication or swallowing impairment. As part of our focus on Advance Care Planning Week, Wendy Pearse from Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and Stephanie Veal from Austin Health discuss the important role of Speech Pathologists in palliative care and advance care planning.

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