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.
 

New palliative care helpline: 1800 870 155

A guest blog post from Dr Georgia Rowley, Research Associate and Caroline Litster, Research and Helpline Team, ELDAC

  • 10 September 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 3027
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New palliative care helpline: 1800 870 155

The End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) helpline (1800 870 155) offers free access to information over the phone to people caring for older Australians with a palliative need. This includes all health professionals and workers in residential aged care, home care, general practice, primary health networks, and allied health professionals. Dr Georgia Rowley and Caroline Litster discuss what the ELDAC helpline is, why it was established, who it can support and reasons why to call it. 

Pharmacists: The Medicines Experts

A guest blog post by Paul Tait, Lead Palliative Care Pharmacist, Southern Adelaide Palliative Services

  • 5 September 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 3376
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Pharmacists: The Medicines Experts

Pharmacists can do more than simply fill prescriptions. They can help palliative patients and those living with chronic illnesses manage, review, organise and dispose of medicines. In this CareSearch blog, Paul Tait of Southern Adelaide Palliative Services discusses how to work with pharmacists so they can better support your needs.

The importance of communication in palliative care

A guest blog post from Jan McGregor, Director, Aged Care Complaints Commissioner’s Clinical Unit

  • 29 August 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 11477
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The importance of communication in palliative care

Staff at the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner have been listening to the stories of those dying in aged care since we first began on 1 January 2016. These stories help us to understand the needs of dying people and their families, and to work with service providers to ensure that their palliative care improves. Jan McGregor, Director at Aged Care Complaints Commissioner’s Clinical Unit discusses the most difficult complaints to resolve are those where there has been a breakdown in communication between the service and the family and the importance of communication in palliative care.  

What is the relationship between good advocacy services and good palliative care?

A guest blog post by Lewis Kaplan, former CEO, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)

  • 28 August 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 7164
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What is the relationship between good advocacy services and good palliative care?

Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) manages the National Aged Care Advocacy Program. OPAN provides information, education and free, confidential individual advocacy to both community and residential aged care and potential consumers, their carers and families. Lewis Kaplan, former CEO of OPAN, discusses what is the relationship between good advocacy services and good palliative care.

CareSearch: Easy and rapid access to reliable information

A guest blog post by Professor Liz Reymond, Deputy Director, Metro South Palliative Care Service, Metro South Health Queensland

  • 24 August 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1868
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CareSearch: Easy and rapid access to reliable information

Health professionals, as well as patients and their carers and families, need easy and rapid access to reliable information to make informed and often difficult decisions about care. Professor Liz Reymond, Deputy Director of Metro South Palliative Care Service at Metro South Health Queensland writes why evidence on palliative care is crucial, and how CareSearch helps.

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