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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.
End-of-life care can happen in any part of the hospital system, End-of-Life Essentials have produced four new eLearning modules to assist professionals in increasing their capacity and confidence in end-of-life care. Kim Devery, Project Lead of End-of-Life Essentials, discusses the new education models.
In a multicultural country like Australia, the way people grieve and mourn the death of a loved one varies. Dr Georgia Rowley from ELDAC shares her research and personal experiences on death, bereavement and grief and the myriad factors that can influence the outcomes.