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.
 

Building resilience in the aged care sector

A guest blog by Pat Sparrow, CEO of Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA)

  • 2 May 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 922
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Building resilience in the aged care sector

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) has not forgotten its place in helping to upskill and empower the aged care workforce in responding to residents reaching the end of their lives. Pat Sparrow, CEO of ACSA discusses the importance of high-quality palliative care and end of life care services in aged care facilities and how partnering with projects such as End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) can support aged care workers in providing quality care for Australians as they reach the end of life.

Federal Budget brings new opportunities for Primary Care Nurses

A guest blog post by Katharine Silk, Integration and Innovation Manager, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)

  • 24 April 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 939
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Federal Budget brings new opportunities for Primary Care Nurses

A significant feature of the 2019-20 Federal Budget for healthcare professionals, and patients and their carers was that it foreshadowed a shift in funding arrangements for chronic disease management within primary care for people aged over 70. Katharine Silk, Innovation and Integration Manager at Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) discusses how the federal budget may impact primary care nurses.

Trajectories of functional decline at the end of life. What do they tell us?

A guest blog post by Dr Deidre Morgan, Lecturer and Researcher, Palliative and Supportive Services, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 16 April 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1558
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Trajectories of functional decline at the end of life. What do they tell us?
It is uncertain how each of us will die and how we will experience the declining capacity to manage everyday activities as we approach death. Dr Deidre Morgan from Flinders University discusses her recent study evaluating the trajectories of functional decline of Australian patients receiving specialist palliative care and how the findings can provide guidance about resource allocation.

Dancing Between Two Rooms: Social Workers Engaging with People as they Live with Dying

A guest blog post by Jan Obery, Senior Social Worker at Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service

  • 19 March 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 2071
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Dancing Between Two Rooms: Social Workers Engaging with People as they Live with Dying

Rapport is an essential ingredient of quality palliative care. What is important to the person as a human being, not as a “sufferer of terminal illness”, will shape the choices that they make at the end of life. In recognition of World Social Work Day ‘Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships’, Jan Obery, social worker from Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service outlines the important work of social workers who accompany people at end of life by identifying and addressing the issues which cause the person the most grief and difficulty adapting to their changed circumstance.

End of Life Care, evidence-based tip sheets for all aged care staff

A guest blog post by Nigel McGothigan, Member Advocate at Leading Age Services Australia Ltd (LASA)

  • 13 March 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1504
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End of Life Care, evidence-based tip sheets for all aged care staff
Many people do not receive the right care at the end of life in residential aged care. Nigel McGothigan from LASA discusses complexities of the Aged Care Industry and the importance of resources such as the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets for aged care workers to support them in providing exceptional and exemplary care.
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