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.
 

Palliative Care Queensland uses palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets to begin conversations

A guest blog post by Marg Adams, Senior Project Officer, Palliative Care Queensland

  • 9 October 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 862
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Palliative Care Queensland uses palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets to begin conversations

Training residential aged care (RAC) staff is important to support their knowledge to ensure excellent palliative care to their residents. Marg Adams from Palliative Care Queensland discusses her involvement in the Connecting End of Life Care Project in Northern Queensland (CELC-NQ) and highlights how the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets have been used as a key resource by the sector.

Making it different for everyone

A guest blog post by Robyn McLean, Residential Manager, Benetas Eaglehawk

  • 2 October 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 606
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Making it different for everyone

The aged care sector has seen a major shift in the way residents in aged care should be cared for. Robyn McLean from Benetas Eaglehawk discusses the importance of providing individualised care and of listening to the needs and preferences of residents in order to support the quality of life. 

Advance Care Planning; the foundation of appropriate care in residential aged care facilities

A guest blog post by Sharyn Speakman, Nurse Practitioner - Older People Nursing, Bushland Health Group

  • 24 September 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 724
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Advance Care Planning; the foundation of appropriate care in residential aged care facilities

Advance care planning is especially important as it assists health professionals to understand what choices and decisions have been made, how someone would like to be cared for, and the direction of treatment plans. However not all residential aged care facilities implement advance care planning policies. Nurse Practitioner Sharyn Speakman from Bushland Health Group discusses her experience and the processes she used to develop an advance care planning policy and procedures for the Bushland Health Group residential aged care facilities. 

A Common Set of ELDAC Clinical Tools

A guest blog post by Paul Tait, Content Editor, ELDAC Project

  • 19 September 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1004
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A Common Set of ELDAC Clinical Tools

Paul Tait from End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) discusses how the ELDAC project has identified twelve commonly used clinical tools useful when caring for older people, with palliative care needs. Clinical tools provide standardised ways to assess changes to a person’s health, and are particularly useful when health needs can become increasingly complicated as a person approaches the last 12 months of life.

Vital advance care planning support for aged care

A guest blog post from Julia Todd, Deputy Program Director, Engagement and Education, Advance Care Planning Australia

  • 29 August 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 868
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Vital advance care planning support for aged care

Seventy per cent of older Australians are still without an Advance Care Directive. Given the expected increase in our older population and the focus on person-centred care at the end of life, our aged care workforce requires support. Julia Todd from Advance Care Planning Australia discusses the importance of ongoing education and training for the aged care sector, and insights from their initiative.

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