CareSearch News

Keep up to date with the latest CareSearch resources, sections, partnerships and projects.
Please note that the links below were current at the time of posting, however links may become obsolete as websites update their content.


22 July 2021

New CareSearch portal to launch in September 2021

The current COVID-19 restrictions are impacting many of us in Australia. Given the changing circumstances, we are postponing the launch of our new CareSearch portal to September 2021. This will enable us to focus on supporting our community. 

Our current website is still available 24/7 and you can email us at in case you have questions or feedback. We will post regular updates as the launch date draws near.

In the meantime, please take care and keep safe.

12 July 2021

New palliAGED sections

palliAGED has released new sections for pharmacists and nurses caring for older persons with palliative care needs. The new For Pharmacists section lists resources that are relevant to contemporary Australian pharmacy practice and the potential role of pharmacists in palliative care. The new For Nurses section features resources for best practice palliative care based on the evidence identified and appraised by palliAGED.

12 July 2021

New CareSearch Portal 3-stage release

Our new CareSearch Portal is coming together quickly. When completed, the portal will be home to a Community Centre, a Centre for Health Professionals, and an Evidence and Translation Centre. 

For stage 1, the CareSearchCommunity will be launched in August 2021. This Centre will house new resources for the community as well as our familiar and trusted information for patients and families.

During Stage 2, we will update and bring across the remaining CareSearch resources - our Health Professional Centre, and the Education and Evidence resources. They will be released as part of the new site in October 2021.

We will then move to finalise Stage 3, an expanded Evidence and Translation Centre updating and redefining our current Finding Evidence and Clinical Evidence resources. This will be released in early 2022.

So, in August, you will have your first experience of the new portal with the release of CareSearchCommunity. From August to October 2021, our content will be on two sites - CareSearchCommunity and the existing CareSearch site, which will continue to provide you with access to our Health Professional, Evidence, and Education resources. We will be providing hyperlinks between the two sites to ensure you move seamlessly between the two sets of resources. But if you do have any trouble accessing or finding resources, please let us know and we will help you locate them.

To mark the launch of CareSearchCommunity, an online event will be held on the 3rd of August 2021 at 10:30 AM ACST. You will be able to find out more about the resources and the way we have developed our content. We invite you to come and share the excitement. Email us at for more registration details. 

18 June 2021

Medicines from the PBS Prescriber's bag

Sometimes people can deteriorate suddenly. In this case anticipatory medicines may not have been arranged. CareSearch has developed a PBS prescriber's bag list (155kb pdf) which includes a number of medications that can be used to relieve symptoms in this situation. You can find this  handy resource and other information on end of life prescribing in the page of End Of Life Symptoms in the GP Hub.
8 June 2021

Bereavement study

The National COVID-19 Bereavement Project, funded by the Medical Research Future Fund is looking at the mental health outcomes and service needs of over 2,000 Australians bereaved from any cause during 2020. If you are willing to participate,  the study involves a 30-minute anonymous online survey that asks about your experience of bereavement, the kind of support (if any) you have received and wanted, what has been most helpful and least helpful for you, and any other comments you would like to make.

Complete the survey

27 May 2021

New CareSearch publication

CareSearch Director, Jennifer Tieman has recently co-authored an article outlining development of the Engagement Framework which will be used to guide and deliver an Engagement Project which will actively seek feedback and insights from intended users in a structured process. For more see: Tieman J, Lewis V. Benefits of Structured Engagement with Target Audiences of a Health Website: Study Design for a Multi-Case Study. Healthcare. 2021;9(5):600.
26 May 2021

New palliAGED learning modules for aged care nurses

CareSearch’s palliAGED team has developed new online learning modules for nurses to support capacity building for palliative care in aged care.

The interactive modules cover 10 essential topics and will help aged care nurses to learn the fundamentals of palliative care, as well as prepare to support older persons at the end of life. The modules are designed for self-paced learning, are free to use, and come with supporting resources such as an online manual, forms, validated tools, and Practice Tip booklet/sheets. Each module comes with a certificate of completion, and like all palliAGED resources, are practical in nature and grounded in evidence. To learn on how we developed the modules, read our blog.

11 May 2021

CareSearch Portal update

Work is progressing quickly on the CareSearch Portal development. Last month, the GP/Primary Health Care Review group met to discuss what the sector needs to support and encourage engagement with palliative care. A proposal is now being developed with draft content being prepared for review later this month.

The Community Centre review group met back in March 2021, and again in May to ‘test drive’ some of the new sections and content. Based on all the feedback received, the Community Centre will be refined and finalised prior to user testing. If you would like to be involved, please visit our portal page and sign up.
11 May 2021

Coming soon: palliAGED modules for aged care

Providing palliative care is an essential part of quality aged care. To support aged care nurses with the basics of palliative care, palliAGED will soon release online introductory modules to complement the highly successful evidence-based Practice Tip Sheets.
11 May 2021

New palliAGED page: Royal Commission final report

A new palliAGED page has been developed to outline the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, including how these relate to addressing the end-of-life care needs of older Australians.