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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.
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.
Implementing a palliative approach to care enables residential aged care facilities to support the quality of life, comfort and dignity for each of their resident from admission to death. Mark Butler from Eldercare discusses how their organisation implemented a palliative approach, and the benefits it brings to their residents and their families and multidisciplinary staff members.
General Practitioners (GPs), especially those in rural areas, face challenges when delivering palliative care for older Australians. Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director at Flinders University discusses how palliAGEDgp, an evidence-based and easy-to-access smartphone app, has been helping thousands of doctors support our elderly who are faced with life-limiting illness.
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.
Older people living in residential aged care facilities need to be provided high quality end-of-life care. This will often involve nurses who will help with advance care planning and implement a palliative approach to care. Mia Taylen-Smith of Metro South Palliative Care discusses how their Improving End-of-Life Care Residential Aged Care Residents Initiative aims to enable aged care nurses.