Those with a common interest sometimes form a special interest group, whereby they network, share information and resources, and organise to work collaboratively.
Examples of current special interest groups
CareSearch can help these groups by facilitating 'virtual engagement' within an area on the website called 'Professional Connect'.
When members of these communities are not physically located together, access to 'virtual' supports can enable communication and enhance functioning. The following resources can be provided for palliative care Communities of Practice (CoPs) within Australia:
- Public page: Providing a description of the group and its purposes
- Intranet page: A home page for the group only available to registered members
- Shared calendar: Online calendar that registered members can add to share important meetings
- Forum (also known as a blog), and
- Newsletter capacity.