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.
 

CareSearch: The pathway to informed end-of-life care

A guest blog post from Professor Imogen Mitchell, Dean, The Australian National University Medical School

  • 3 August 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1738
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CareSearch: The pathway  to informed end-of-life care
Professor Imogen Mitchell discusses her role as a practising intensive care specialist and the value of evidence to inform decisions not only about individual patient care but the use of evidence in business discussions to improve the delivery of health care. Imogen highlights you can access this trustworthy information about the palliative approach to end-of-life care through CareSearch and the importance of CareSearch providing invaluable, up-to-date evidence. 

CareSearch: 10 years of providing palliative care evidence to all Australians

A blog post by Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director, Matthew Flinders Fellow and Dean (Research), College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 3 August 2018
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 1634
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CareSearch: 10 years of providing palliative care evidence to all Australians

CareSearch is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. For 10 years CareSearch has been assembling and disseminating evidence becoming the major online source for palliative care evidence in Australia. Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director, discusses CareSearch's role and contribution, as well as touches on what is planned over the next three years.  

Palliative care in the primary care setting

A guest blog post from Katharine Silk, Integration and Innovation Manager, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

  • 1 August 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 2473
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Palliative care in the primary care setting
Most Australians have an expectation that their GP will be able to provide them with the care they need when they are unwell, or at least make sure that they are linked in with the right services. While most GPs feel they have a role to play in caring for patients at the end-of-life, many do not feel confident in doing so.

Recognised barriers to providing palliative care include patient complexity, inadequate training, inadequate access to resources and poor communication from specialists or treating teams.

Palliative care and advance care planning is, and should be, part of the normal scope of practice of all primary care providers. To support this ELDAC has developed the primary care toolkit with relevant information and resources.

 

Greater Choice in Palliative Care for South Australians

A guest blog post by Deb Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Adelaide Primary Health Network

  • 25 July 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1785
  • 2 Comments
Greater Choice in Palliative Care for South Australians
The Adelaide Primary Health Network has been meeting with stakeholders in the provision of palliative care since the commencement of their organisation in July 2015. They have always seen palliative care as a priority and have been working closely with providers through our Older People and Palliative Care Health Priority Groups. In February 2018, the Adelaide PHN was selected as a successful recipient of funds from the Commonwealth Government through the Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care measure. Deb Lee discusses how Adelaide PHN will use these funds through the 'Enabling Choice for South Australians' project. 

Online health information - a valuable currency

A guest blog post by Dr Georgia Rowley, Research Associate, ELDAC Project, Flinders University

  • 16 July 2018
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 2123
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Online health information - a valuable currency
Online health information is available and accessible almost instantaneously; in Australia this is true for most individuals with internet connections, from any digital device. Sourcing evidence-based research and information regarding health is crucial in informing decision making, improving knowledge and skills, and guiding service choices and clinical practice for health professionals and care workers. Virtual health resources are widely used in clinical care settings; individuals routinely search online for answers to health-related queries, which may assist their ability to appropriately service others in their care. For individuals working in aged care, accessing online information facilitates timely answers to their queries or may contribute to their ongoing professional education. Health professionals and care workers are also well-positioned to refer their clients or patients to trustworthy, reputable, and up-to-date online health resources.
 
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