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ELDAC (End of Life Directions for Aged Care) is fast approaching its first-year project milestone. A lot has happened in the last twelve months. Dr Georgia Rowley, Research Associate at ELDAC discusses what the project has achieved and the impact for aged and palliative care.
As the aged care sector strives to provide the best care to our ageing population, new and innovative approaches facilitating the care provision process are warranted. Priyanka Bhattarai discusses the use of Digital Health Technologies (DHT) as a novel approach to facilitate care across the aged care sector.
By working together, aged care, specialist palliative care and primary care providers can improve the care they provide for older Australians. ELDAC’s Facilitators from Queensland University of Technology discuss the ELDAC ‘Working Together’ toolkit and how they can help create partnerships between services.
End of life law governs medical decisions made at the end of life, as well as around Advance Care Planning.
Every year in Australia thousands of deaths occur following a medical decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment. This is just one type of end of life decision which may arise in aged care practice.
The End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) helpline (1800 870 155) offers free access to information over the phone to people caring for older Australians with a palliative need. This includes all health professionals and workers in residential aged care, home care, general practice, primary health networks, and allied health professionals. Dr Georgia Rowley and Caroline Litster discuss what the ELDAC helpline is, why it was established, who it can support and reasons why to call it.