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Did you know that in the next 25 years, the number of Australians who die each year will almost double? Australia needs to be ready to care for older people as they come to the end of their life, and ELDAC (End of Life Directions for Aged Care) has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to help meet this need. Find out more about ELDAC and how the project can help by reading the blog by Professor Jennifer Tieman, ELDAC Project Co-Lead, Flinders University and CareSearch Director.
Around 200,000 Australian families will be affected by death and dying this Christmas. Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis from CareSearch discusses the impact of death and dying over Christmas and suggestions to help people facing bereavement over the holiday period.
Most community pharmacies serve persons undergoing palliative care. Adam Forrest, Pharmacist Manager from Christies Guild Terry White Chemmart, discusses his placement with a palliative care service through the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) program, and shares some pointers how community pharmacists can help provide quality care for persons undergoing palliative care.
As demand for palliative care services increases, so too the need for relevant and quality education. Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht discusses how CareSearch supports health professionals and consumers access up-to-date information on palliative care education by providing a single point of entry to a broad range of courses, continuing professional development, and online and community learning.
ELDAC (End of Life Directions for Aged Care) is fast approaching its first-year project milestone. A lot has happened in the last twelve months. Dr Georgia Rowley, Research Associate at ELDAC discusses what the project has achieved and the impact for aged and palliative care.