CareSearch News

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


13 July 2020

palliAGED releases final topic: Psychosocial Care

CareSearch developed and manages palliAGED to provide support in palliative care for the aged care sector. In July a new and final topic was released, Psychosocial Care. This sits at the core of palliative care and connects to many of the 37 topics already available on the palliAGED website. In practice, awareness of and attendance to psychosocial support should be a part of all aspects of palliative care. You can also read the blog by CareSearch staff members Susan Gravier and Robyn Dutschke on this release.

13 July 2020

palliAGED PA Toolkit has closed

For more than ten years, the Palliative Approach (PA) Toolkit has supported residential aged care facilities to implement a comprehensive, evidence-based, person-centred, and sustainable approach to palliative care. For the last five years access to this resource has been supported through the CareSearch website. Since its release in 2009, there have been many changes to the evidence base and palliAGED and End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) now support the aged care sector. The  PA Toolkit was retired on 30 June 2020 after the completion of a content transition plan. You can find more information and alternative resources here.

5 June 2020

CareSearch to expand access to evidence-based palliative care resources

CareSearch Project has secured $3.8 M of further funding from the Department of Health to expand access to evidence-based palliative resources, research, and education.

Established in 2008, CareSearch is the only project in the country that continuously identifies, evaluates, synthesises, and disseminates trustworthy information and best available evidence on palliative care.

“Given the expected increased demand for palliative care, the need for evidence-based and practical resources and information is more pronounced than ever,” states Professor Jennifer Tieman, Director of CareSearch. “We are encouraged by the continuous support from the Department to drive evidence-based care, and are fortunate to have a team and partners who are committed to evidence-based approaches.”

In this current round of funding, CareSearch will focus on: 

  1. Providing current and readily accessible evidence to guide palliative care practice in Australia
  2. Revitalising evidence use in palliative care through a new approach to digital translation
  3. Encouraging community understanding of palliative care and death as part of life
  4. Recognising and working with different care providers and across the diversity of our population

The CareSearch Project is managed by the Flinders Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death, and Dying and is based at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The project maintains the CareSearch and palliAGED websites, receiving more than a million web visitors per year. CareSearch also runs Dying2Learn, a free massive online open course that empowers the wider community to talk about death, dying, and palliative care. 

This summary outlines the other key accomplishments and plans for the next three years (1MB pdf).

5 June 2020

Dying2Learn 2020 coming soon

We are pleased to announce that we will be running the Dying2Learn MOOC again this year. You can register your interest for updates on the dates and other information. 

24 April 2020

caring@home providing additional support during COVID-19

Caring@home, a CareSearch partner project, provides resources to help at home carers manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines.To assist clinical service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, caring@home have produced augmented caring@home packages for carers. These include an Emergency COVID-19 pack to support home-based care and help limit risks of community COVID-19 transmission. These packages are funded by the Australian Government. Service providers can order the augmented caring@home packages online.

9 April 2020

CareSearch contributes to the Australian Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Palliative Care Working Group response

CareSearch is proud to be a member of the Australian Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Palliative Care Working Group (ACPCWG) established to provide support during the current coronavirus pandemic. As part of the ACPCWG response CareSearch has developed an online Palliative Care and COVID-19 Hub to support everyone to prepare in case the demand for end-of-life care increases during the pandemic. With pages tailored to the needs of different health and care professional groups, as well as the needs of patients, carers and families, the hub provides immediate access to trustworthy information and resources including care guidelines arising from international experience. This is an emerging and rapidly changing situation and to ensure currency we will be updating hub content on a weekly basis. 

9 April 2020

New Clinical Evidence pages on Advance Care Planning

As part of our recent update of the CareSearch Clinical Evidence pages we have released updated pages on Advance Care Planning (ACP). Providing an insight into the very latest evidence on ACP implementation and outcomes, this synthesis of the evidence also addresses the importance of using clearly defined terms when discussing ACP.

12 March 2020

CareSearch Provides easy access to information on COVID-19

To support the community in dealing with the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, CareSearch has developed pages for Patients and Carers, and for Health Professionals to connect them with available information. While the implications of this rapidly changing situation are still emerging it is important that people have access to trustworthy sources of information.

5 March 2020

New Clinical Evidence pages on Dementia and Heart Failure

As part of our update of the CareSearch Clinical Evidence section pages on patient management we have released updated evidence pages for Advanced Dementia and Heart Failure. 

5 March 2020

New white paper: Allied Health in Australia and its Role in Palliative Care

Allied Health (AH) is expected to play an increasing role in aged care and primary care settings in meeting the personal and clinical needs of older Australians approaching the end of their life. AH is a key part of palliative care provision but evidence about their role and practice is still emerging.

As part of the CareSearch Engagement Project, a background paper on the context of AH practice in Australia was produced for use by professionals, services, and AH organisations. Key findings of this white paper include the need to support AH with education and upskilling in palliative care, funding to support their work in palliative care, and more accurate data on the use of AH services. Download a copy of the white paper now (935kb pdf).