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.
 

Our enduring commitment to end-of-life care

A guest blog by Suzanne Greenwood, CEO, Catholic Health Australia (CHA)

  • 6 June 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 792
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Our enduring commitment to end-of-life care

As Australia continues to recognise the value of good-quality palliative care, so too comes the need to support our aged care workforce with the information and resources to provide it. Suzanne Greenwood from Catholic Health Australia discusses how the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) project connects health professionals with relevant and useful tools, information and resources that will help them deliver care that meets consumer expectations.

End-of-life care needs of adults with long-standing physical disability

A guest blog post by Dr Ruth Walker, Head of Teaching Section (Applied Gerontology) and Senior Lecturer (Disability and Community Inclusion), College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 4 June 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 813
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End-of-life care needs of adults with long-standing physical disability

Due to advances in medicine, people with physical disabilities are living longer. While end-of-life care should be readily accessible for this group, the care needs of people with significant physical disabilities arguably adds an additional layer of complexity to such care. Dr Ruth Walker from Flinders University discusses end-of-life care needs for adults with long-standing physical disability and the new research she is involved in to explore the specific needs of people with physical disabilities who are at the end-of-life, as well as the needs of their families and the support staff who help care for them.

The Advance Project – supporting a team approach to advance care planning and palliative care in everyday general practice

A guest blog post by Professor Josephine Clayton, Senior Staff Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine, HammondCare and Professor of Palliative Care, University of Sydney and Associate Professor Joel Rhee, General Practitioner and Associate Professor of General Practice, HammondCare Centre for Positive Ageing and Care, University of Wollongong

  • 28 May 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1098
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The Advance Project – supporting a team approach to advance care planning and palliative care in everyday general practice

General practices provide ongoing care for a large number of patients with chronic, progressive, and eventually fatal illnesses, and so have an essential role in providing palliative care to patients and their families. Professor Josephine Clayton, Senior Staff Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine and Associate Professor Joel Rhee, General Practitioner, discusses the Advance Project and how it aims to support general practices with the tools to identify people early who might need a palliative approach to their care and enables general practice teams to thoroughly assess the persons’ symptoms, concerns and priorities as well as the needs of their carers.

Helping older Australians access high-quality primary healthcare

A guest blog post by Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)

  • 24 May 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 923
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Helping older Australians access high-quality primary healthcare

Older people entering residential aged care are often shocked to find their GP is no longer able to continue providing them with the healthcare they have been used to. Alison Verhoeven, CEO of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, discusses how the End of Life Directions for Aged Care project can support primary care professionals to provide consistently high-quality care to older Australians.

Is your palliative care service meeting the National Palliative Care Standards?

A guest blog post by Kate Reed-Cox, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (MN) and National Clinical Advisor, Palliative Care Australia

  • 21 May 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 921
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Is your palliative care service meeting the National Palliative Care Standards?

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the peak body for palliative care representing all those who work towards high quality palliative care for all Australians. Working with the government, it sets the standard by which services can be assessed. Kate Reed-Cox from PCA discusses how the new Palliative Care Self Assessment program provides services with a secure online portal to self-assess against the National Palliative Care Standards (5th ed.), and the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (2nd ed.), resulting in a quality improvement action plan.

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