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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.
Are older Australians receiving the medical care that they want, and how well does their care align with their personal values and preferences?
To help answer this question, Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is leading a pioneering research project, the National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study 2018, the first of its kind in Australia.
Health care professionals agree that the quality of care provided in the emergency department for dying patients and their families is often not as good as it needs to be. Dr Tracy Giles of Flinders University explains how her research into the experiences of family members will help to identify what is working well already and areas of care that need improvement, and how you can become involved.
The location of palliative care is important, but the Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) believes that the quality of care people receive is the most important factor determining their overall satisfaction with palliative care. Dr Sarah Spiller and Dr Kathyn Dwan from Health Care Consumers' Association discuss how palliative care is delivered is more important than where it is delivered.
For the first time, Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) ran National Advance Care Planning Week (16 - 22 April). Linda Nolte, Program Director for ACPA discusses the impact of the initiative and the response of both the public and health care sector to National Advance Care Planning Week.