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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.
Music therapy is an allied health research-based profession practiced worldwide. To mark World Music Therapy Day on March 1, we feature a blog from Angela Delaney, Allied Health Clinical Education Coordinator in Paediatric Palliative Care at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service. Angela explains what music therapy is, and the important role of music therapists in providing comfort and care for paediatric palliative care patients.
Australia has a diverse older population and it is important for those caring for older Australians to have access to evidence-based resources to ensure quality care is delivered to all older people, regardless of their specific background and preferences. Dr Georgia Rowley, Research Associate at ELDAC discusses the importance of understanding specific considerations when caring for older diverse Australians in an end of life context, and how ELDAC can provide resources to help.
It is estimated that 11% of the older Australian population are of diverse sexualities or genders (often referred to by using the acronyms LGBT, LGBTI or LGBTQ), yet we often do not see and celebrate our diverse older people. Claire Allen, National Program Manager of Pride of Health + Wellbeing discusses why older Australians who identify as LGBT are not a visible part of the community and ideas for aged care services to welcome and support them.
Eleven Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia are implementing the Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care (GCfAHPC) measure. In the third blog in our series on GCfAHPC, Alison Stoker, Palliative Approach Project Officer at Western NSW PHN discusses their ‘SHARE’ project and activities in implementing a shared Palliative Approach across Far West and Western NSW.