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.
 

Complexities in advance care planning in aged care: the ELDAC Helpline experience

A guest blog post by Caroline Litster, Research Officer, ELDAC Helpline Team Member and PhD Candidate, Flinders University

  • 19 May 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 833
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Complexities in advance care planning in aged care: the ELDAC Helpline experience

Advance care planning (ACP) is one of the main topics that callers to the ELDAC Helpline call for assistance with. Caroline Litster, Research Officer from ELDAC, discusses the type of ACP inquiries received, and how the Helpline team assist callers with navigating the more complex concerns around ACP in aged care, such as those relating to residents who lack decision-making capacity.

Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day

A guest blog post by Deb Rawlings, Senior Lecturer, Palliative Care and Course Coordinator, Palliative and Support Services, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 12 May 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1071
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Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day

Nurses make up the majority of the health care workforce and as such are at the frontline in caring for the sick and dying, never more so than in caring for people during COVID-19. Deb Rawlings, Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care at College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, reflects on her 40 years of experience in nursing, Florence Nightingale's legacy, and resources to support nurses in providing care at the end of life.

The COVID-19 pandemic: what communities living through humanitarian crisis can teach us about compassionate care

A guest blog post by Rachel Coghlan, PhD candidate, Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, Deakin University

  • 6 May 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 927
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The COVID-19 pandemic: what communities living through humanitarian crisis can teach us about compassionate care

COVID-19 presents an important opportunity to raise the urgency of palliative care in humanitarian emergencies. Rachel Coghlan, PhD candidate at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, shares her experience while visiting the Gaza Strip and highlights how persons living through humanitarian crises can teach us the importance of compassion and support for each other, especially to those suffering illness or dying.

The dilemma of being a mere mortal

A guest blog post by Judith Leeson AM

  • 30 April 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 776
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The dilemma of being a mere mortal

COVID-19 is changing how we make decisions, plan for an unknown future, and respond to global changes beyond our control. Judith Lesson AM shares her views on the pandemic, and why it is important for all of us in the community to receive reliable and accurate information to make informed decisions.

Diversity considerations for advance care planning

A guest blog post by Dr Georgia Rowley, Research Associate, ELDAC

  • 21 April 2020
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 802
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Diversity considerations for advance care planning

Everyone should consider an advance care plan (ACP), however, ACP is a concept based on Western principles of self-determination, patient autonomy, informed consent and decision-making. These values are not universally accepted and compete with other beliefs for many older Australians. Dr Georgia Rowley from ELDAC discusses Australia’s diverse population and how diversity considerations should be made when engaging in ACP initiatives.

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