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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.
With the deluge of information about preparing for COVID-19, how many of us have taken the time to stop, think and talk about what we would want to happen if we or someone close to us became seriously ill? In this blog, CareSearch Director Professor Jennifer Tieman discusses the ongoing need for advance care planning to enable us to prepare for emergencies.
The current COVID-19 pandemic is presenting many urgent challenges in healthcare. However, it is important to remember the continuing needs of current and new patients with other health problems. It is within this context that Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director from Flinders University discusses telehealth and how it can be used in addressing unexpected and novel health problems.
Fundamental care is central to caring for a dying patient. Professor Alison Kitson, Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, discusses the need to develop better ways of delivering fundamental care for patients in palliative care, and the aims of the Fundamentals of Care Research Program at the Caring Futures Institute.
Making fundamental care a reality for everyone – from birth through to palliative and end-of-life care – requires a concerted effort. Drs Rebecca Feo and Tiffany Conroy of the Caring Futures Institute at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University discuss the importance of providing quality fundamental care, and the role of the International Learning Collaborative.
To celebrate the International Year of Nurses and Midwife, we are featuring a blog series to acknowledge and highlight their critical role in providing palliative care. In this blog, Alison McLarty from Quality of Care Collaborative Australia discusses her experience and provide practical insights in caring for paediatric patients at the end of life.