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.
 

CareSearch Engagement Project – discovering the importance of context

A blog post by Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow, CareSearch, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 4 June 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1035
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CareSearch Engagement Project – discovering the importance of context

Informing people with vastly different backgrounds, literacy levels and capacity, as well as roles is a challenge. This is why in the 2017-2020 project period, CareSearch and palliAGED began the Engagement Project working with specific groups (allied health, aged care and patients, carers, and families) to learn more about how they find and use health care information and what information about end of life and palliative care they need. Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow for CareSearch discusses some key findings from the project and the central importance of context.

Prepare, plan and palliate – lessons learned from the ELDAC COVID-19 webinars

A guest blog post by Kim Offner, ELDAC Project Officer, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

  • 3 June 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 479
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Prepare, plan and palliate – lessons learned from the ELDAC COVID-19 webinars

Preparing and planning for quality symptom management and palliative care should be a priority in the management of COVID-19 in residential aged care facilities. Kim Offner, Project Officer at ELDAC, discusses the lessons learnt and the practical recommendations from the Palliative Care and COVID-19 webinars which the project recently hosted.

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: 664
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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: 612
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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: 1193
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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.

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