CareSearch News

Keep up to date with the latest CareSearch resources, sections, partnerships and projects.


11 June 2019

CareSearch is now on Facebook

The CareSearch Project is now on Facebook. Our Facebook page complements our established communication channels in supporting all Australians to make informed palliative care decisions. Like our page @CareSearchProject to:

  • Learn of latest CareSearch and palliAGED evidence-based resources
  • Find links to trustworthy information on palliative care 
  • Keep up to date with our activities and other national palliative care projects, events and research
  • Easily connect with us
30 May 2019

CareSearch launches a new look newsroom to keep you better informed

At CareSearch we have refreshed the look and content of our newsroom. Now even easier to navigate and containing all of the popular resources to keep you informed, we have added two new features: a weekly listing of the latest publications in palliative care from Australian researchers, and In Focus a CareSearch initiative aimed at supporting access and understanding of specific palliative care issues and sector developments by bringing together key resources in one place. We look forward to keeping you informed.

27 May 2019

palliAGED is turning 2!

This week, the palliAGED website (developed and maintained by CareSearch) marks two years of supporting the aged care sector with practical evidence-based guidance in palliative care. You can read more about our work in the latest In Focus - palliAGED: Quality guidance for quality palliative care in aged care.

21 May 2019

Launch of the new Research Centre in Palliative Care, Death and Dying

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Flinders University Research Centre in Palliative Care, Death and Dying on May 14th 2019. The new centre provides a mechanism to integrate research between Flinders University and partner health services to support diversified research applications that can address 'wicked' health and social problems with rigour, breadth and depth. CareSearch Director Professor Jennifer Tieman will be adding the role of Centre Director to her responsibilities, and as she notes in her recent blog, '…dying is not just a health issue but a personal, social and community experience. So research and translation efforts need to support the increasing rate of dying within the society while maintaining a genuine focus on the individual and their family.'  CareSearch looks forward to being part of that support.

1 May 2019

Engagement Project Update:

In May the Engagement project team welcomed Robyn Dutschke to the team as the new lead researcher for the Patients, Carers and Families arm of the project. Robyn takes over from Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis who has taken up a teaching position with Central Queensland University. Recent articles from the team include an article published in Australian Ageing Agenda (April 2019): Enabling Choices (147kb pdf) by Rosie Bonnin, and an article published in InMotion magazine (April 2019), Australian Physiotherapy Association: Tools to help physios in palliative care by Susan Gravier. 
You can also view the Action Plans, keep up to date with all of the project outcomes, and provide any other feedback by visiting the Engagement Project webpage at CareSearch.

8 April 2019

New publications @ CareSearch

Sanderson C, Miller-Lewis L, Rawlings D, Parker D, Tieman J. “I want to die in my sleep” - how people think about death, choice, and control: findings from a Massive Open Online Course. Ann Palliat Med. 2019 Mar 17. doi: 10.21037/apm.2019.03.07. [Epub ahead of print] 

4 April 2019

Engagement Project Update

In March the Engagement project team was busy with Aged care, Allied Health, and Patients, Carers and Families, working to ensure everyone has access to trustworthy palliative care information. Recent articles include: End of Life Care Matters for Everyone - an article published in the March issue of the Sydney Health Issue (6.82MB pdf) of the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network by Rosie Bonnin, and an article for Australian Counselling Association: How CareSearch and palliAGED can help counsellors with palliative care (146kb pdf) by Susan Gravier. Patients, carers, families, clinicians and volunteers are also being asked to help us understand ‘What palliative care information is most needed by patients, families and carers’ via a pop-up feedback box on the Patients, Carers, and Families webpage. We invite you all to let us know what you think.

You can also view the Action Plans, keep up to date with all of the project outcomes, and provide any other feedback by visiting the Engagement Project webpage at CareSearch.

2 April 2019

National Advance Care Planning Week

Professor Jennifer Tieman CareSearch Director and Matthew Flinders Fellow has been named as an ambassador for the 2019 National Advance Care Planning Week.
As an ambassador Professor Tieman is keen to raise awareness of the need for Advanced Care Planning. For National Advance Care Planning Week Professor Tieman has penned a CareSearch Blog 'Taking time to Talk’, where she discusses the importance of advance care planning including the need to start more conversations about death and dying.  National Advance Care Planning Week is an initiative of Advance Care Planning Australia that encourages all Australians, regardless of their age or health status, to make their future health care preferences known. It runs across the week of 1-5 April 2019.

25 March 2019

Changes to the Allied Health Section

We have made some changes to the CareSearch and palliAGED webpages based on feedback from the 2018 Engagement Project workshop with Allied Health sector representatives. 
Together with a new look for the Allied Health section, we have addressed comments by:

  • highlighting the role of allied health
  • presenting resources and information in line with a continuum of care
  • offering a new 'Getting Started' feature to help new users quickly become familiar with relevant sections of the sites.

Also, recognising the increasing demand for allied health services in aged care, we have added a feature on numerous pages so that readers can quickly link to related palliAGED pages. Visit the website to learn more, and use the feedback form to send us your ideas.

12 March 2019

Engagement Project reaching out

The Engagement Project continues to work with the aged care, allied health and patients, carers and families to extend the reach of CareSearch palliAGED. In the last month new articles include:

You can follow all the project action on the Engagement Project webpage where details of activities undertaken in each of the sectors will be continually added to keep everyone informed.