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.
 

Building palliative care capacity with education

A guest blog post by Professor Liz Reymond, Deputy Director, Metro South Palliative Care and Service Director, Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative

  • 5 September 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 260
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Building palliative care capacity with education

To meet the public’s increasing demand for palliative care services, especially in community and residential aged care settings, we need to build the capacity of clinicians. Professor Liz Reymond of Metro South Palliative Care and Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative discusses why education is one of the best ways to increase capacity in palliative care.

Designed effective palliative care education

A guest blog post by Suzanne Cosgrove, National Program Manager, Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

  • 3 September 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 306
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Designed effective palliative care education

Education and training of the health workforce are essential to enhance the capacity of health professionals to deliver a palliative care approach. Suzanne Cosgrove from Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) discusses how PEPA provides opportunities to develop health professional's and worker's confidence, knowledge and skills in the palliative approach to care.

Vital advance care planning support for aged care

A guest blog post from Julia Todd, Deputy Program Director, Engagement and Education, Advance Care Planning Australia

  • 29 August 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 284
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Vital advance care planning support for aged care

Seventy per cent of older Australians are still without an Advance Care Directive. Given the expected increase in our older population and the focus on person-centred care at the end of life, our aged care workforce requires support. Julia Todd from Advance Care Planning Australia discusses the importance of ongoing education and training for the aged care sector, and insights from their initiative.

Why driving matters to patients at the end of life

A guest blog post by Diana Ferreira, Doctoral Candidate, Flinders University

  • 27 August 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 227
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Why driving matters to patients at the end of life

Most people with advanced disease experience uncontrolled symptoms such as fatigue, pain or breathlessness, which can interfere with their daily lives. To help overcome these symptoms opioids are often prescribed for symptom relief to help patients, which enables them to do activities they were unable to do such as walking, climbing a flight of stairs and driving. Diana Ferreira discusses the importance for clinicians and researchers alike to critically consider the issues of driving and opioid use for people receiving palliative care.

“Let’s talk about it”: Are patients too old and sick to think about sexuality and intimacy when faced with a life-limiting illness?

A guest blog post by Brigitte Karle, Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE), Neringah Hospital

  • 19 August 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 805
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“Let’s talk about it”: Are patients too old and sick to think about sexuality and intimacy when faced with a life-limiting illness?

Part of holistic health care is the recognition that humans are sexual beings. Evidence tells us that the sexual needs of patients receiving palliative care are often not met. Brigitte Karle of Neringah Hospital discusses how they investigated gaps in their practice and how they could improve the ability to provide holistic care of their patients including support for intimacy and sexuality. 

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