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.
 

Support for health professionals to know more about end-of-life law

A guest blog post by Professor Ben White and Professor Lindy Willmott, Directors, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Law, QUT

  • 19 April 2018
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 3128
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Support for health professionals to know more about end-of-life law

One part of advance care planning that is often unseen is law. Yet law plays an important role in end-of-life care. Professor Ben White and Professor Lindy Willmott from Queensland University of Technology explains the legal aspects of planning for advance care and end of life, and how the Australian Centre for Health Law Research supports health professionals.  
 

National Advance Care Planning Week

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

  • 16 April 2018
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 2965
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National Advance Care Planning Week

If you were unable to speak for yourself, who would you want to speak for you? And more importantly, what health care decisions would you want them to make? Discussing your values and preferences helps determine what would be important to your future health care. Linda Nolte, Program Director for Advance Care Planning Australia discusses National Advance Care Planning Week and the importance of the making our future preferences known.

Listen, pause, and breathe – guidance in delivering culturally acceptable palliative care

A guest blog post by Charlotte Coulson, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Integrated Palliative Care Team, Bendigo Health

  • 3 April 2018
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 4903
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Listen, pause, and breathe – guidance in delivering culturally acceptable palliative care
A culturally acceptable approach is crucial to delivering quality person-centred palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. But what if you are someone from a different cultural background? Charlotte Coulson from Bendigo Health shares her experience as a nurse and some pointers.

Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care (CRE-ELC)

A guest blog post by Professor Patsy Yates, Centre Director, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-life Care, Head, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology; Director, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education

  • 28 March 2018
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 4751
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Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care (CRE-ELC)

The pattern of disease, dying and death has changed dramatically in Australia over the last century. In Australia alone almost 160,000 people die every year. Of these at least 120,000 are expected deaths, meaning that access to palliative care could be of great benefit to both the individuals and their families. But ensuring access to quality palliative care for all who need it is not without its challenges. This is why a group of researchers sought funding from National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for the Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care (CRE-ELC).

Reflections of my time in Daw House

A guest blog post by Sharenne Codrington, ANUM, Laurel Hospice

  • 18 December 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 6769
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Reflections of my time in Daw House

I started out my career as an enrolled nurse and after a few short term positions spent 21 years at Ashford Hospital.  While I was there and aged about 33, my brother died after a short diagnosis of cancer at age 35 – way too young and with much still to give.  He spent a few weeks in Daw House hospice – my introduction to this facility and palliative care.  I was so inspired with the way care could be delivered and the compassion with which staff went about their work that I decided then and there that this was the way I wished to work going forward.  I learnt that, at that time, there was no hope of employment at Daw House for an enrolled nurse, so decided that I would study to become a registered nurse to realise my desire to work in this field. 

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