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.
 

The power of knowledge

A guest blog post by Kim Devery, Project Lead of End-of-Life Essentials, Senior Lecturer and Head of Teaching Section, Palliative Care, Flinders University

  • 17 August 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 2413
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The power of knowledge

The rise of ageing and chronic illnesses means that most Australians are living with ill health and significant disability for many years before they die. In our 6th CareSearch@10 anniversary blog post, Kim Devery of Flinders University and End-of-Life Essentials writes why health professionals need trustworthy evidence. 

Providing person- and family-centred palliative care for a culturally diverse Australia

A guest blog post from Mary Patetsos, Chairperson, Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia

  • 6 August 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 3075
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Providing person- and family-centred palliative care for a culturally diverse Australia

Australia is a dynamic multicultural country. Ours is a nation that is home to one of the world’s oldest culture and millions of people belonging to 270 ancestries. We need quality evidence to be able to address the needs and challenges faced by our older CALD Australians and provide them person and family-centred palliative care. Mary Patetsos discusses providing person- and family-centred palliative care for a culturally diverse Australia and the importance to have resources like CareSearch.

Why the Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines are important and what were the biggest changes from the previous guidelines

A guest blog post by Jane Fischer, President of Palliative Care Australia, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

  • 30 May 2018
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 4190
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Why the Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines are important and what were the biggest changes from the previous guidelines

In 2017 Palliative Care Australia undertook a review and update of the reference documents A Guide to Palliative Care Service Development: A population based approach and Palliative Care Service Provision in Australia: A planning guide. Together these key reference documents have provided a framework for the ongoing development of palliative care policy within the health care system for the last fifteen years.
 

Listen, pause, and breathe – guidance in delivering culturally acceptable palliative care

A guest blog post by Charlotte Coulson, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Integrated Palliative Care Team, Bendigo Health

  • 3 April 2018
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 5807
  • 1 Comments
Listen, pause, and breathe – guidance in delivering culturally acceptable palliative care
A culturally acceptable approach is crucial to delivering quality person-centred palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. But what if you are someone from a different cultural background? Charlotte Coulson from Bendigo Health shares her experience as a nurse and some pointers.

Now there is specialised support and training for Australian GP nurses to provide better care at a very difficult time

A guest blog post by Associate Professor Josephine Clayton, Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine at HammondCare’s Greenwich Hospital in Sydney, Associate Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Sydney and Director of the Advance Project

  • 2 December 2016
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 4883
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Now there is specialised support and training for Australian GP nurses to provide better care at a very difficult time

As a young doctor I spent some time working in a palliative care hospital in the early 90’s.  It was such a privilege to be working with people at end of life - with the opportunity to make a difference to quality of life and well-being of patients, and their family members. That experience made me decide to devote my career to Palliative Medicine.
 
I had some experiences at that time that stayed with me.
 
I had a patient, Marion, who had been a school principal. Marion had suffered a severe stroke. She had survived but was very incapacitated, confined to bed and unable to communicate. She was being kept alive, surviving on a feeding tube, and facing a life of care and dependence. Her specialist was very committed to her survival.

 

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