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.
 

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: 3821
  • 1 Comments
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: 4096
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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: 6233
  • 6 Comments
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. 

Reflections of a palliative care pharmacist at the Repatriation General Hospital

A guest blog post by Jenny Casanova, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

  • 6 December 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 3824
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Reflections of a palliative care pharmacist at the Repatriation General Hospital

Since 2004 I have had the privilege of being the clinical pharmacist at Daw House, a 15-bed hospice based at Repat Hospital, which is in the original homestead built prior to the hospital’s 1942 inception. The first patient came to Daw House in 1988 and the last left in 2017, transferred to the new Laurel Hospice at Flinders Medical Centre. 

During the time that I have been with Southern Adelaide Palliative Service, the nature of palliative care has changed enormously.

Reflections of the 'Repat'

A guest blog post by Tony Lawson, Executive Officer, Daw House Hospice Foundation

  • 29 November 2017
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 3371
  • 1 Comments
Reflections of the 'Repat'

Palliative Care is active care that aims to relieve suffering and promote comfort when cure is no longer possible. This care provides physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual support for patients, families and their friends. The Southern Adelaide Palliative Services (SAPS) is an award winning consultative service providing care for people with a life limiting illness in southern metropolitan Adelaide. Raising funds to support services helps to improve the lives of people affected by life limiting illness and their families. Dying affects us all.

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