Listen, Acknowledge, Respond

Listen, Acknowledge, Respond
A new paradigm in caring for people with advanced chronic and terminal illnesses, and their families and care givers

Amaranth Foundation, Charles Sturt University and integratedliving Australia Ltd. have been successful as a consortia for the Commonwealth funded  “Public Health, Chronic Disease and Palliative Care” 2015 Grant Round. The consortia submitted three interlinked projects under the overarching title: Listen, Acknowledge, Respond.

This project: Listen, Acknowledge, Respond provides the Australian health care community with a unique opportunity to make a difference for people at the end of their lives and for their loved ones in their bereavement. Combined, the Listen Acknowledge Respond activities are designed to identify and build the capacity of the mental health, allied health, social work and other health care workers, in primary and specialist settings to support end of life psychosocial and psychological care needs for people with advanced chronic and life limiting illnesses, their families and care givers.

The three Activities funded under the Listen, Acknowledge, Respond project are:
  1. Developing sector skills for a new paradigm in palliative care:
    • Developing and delivering up to 40 Cert IV Skill Sets (24 hours each course: 4 units) nationally
    • Developing and offering the Cert IV units through online delivery
    • Developing a Graduate Certificate course for online delivery through CSU DE platform
    • Focus is on screening, assessment and delivery of appropriate MH interventions for people living with an advanced chronic or terminal illness and their family / care givers
  2. Towards True Community Care:
    • This activity will identify allied health worker skill levels and capability to support the psychological and psychosocial needs and concerns in people with advanced chronic and terminal illnesses and their families and care givers
    • Skills and competencies gained will be benchmarked against Australian standards, and where possible, international practice and competency standards
  3. Creating Cost Effective Care:
    • A comparative analysis activity that will explore patients living with advanced chronic and terminal illnesses and that of their families and care givers, access to allied health services and how interventions may impact patient outcomes.   
    • The comparison will include a control and an intervention group to determine when allied mental health services are activated during then patients’ trajectory whilst exploring the need and benefit of engaging such services earlier in the patients care.
This innovative project focuses on the psychological, psychosocial and psychiatric needs of individuals, and will be evaluated via the project funding. The delivery of resources and training directly adds to the skills and knowledge of the mental health and allied health workforce in caring for patients with advanced chronic and terminal illness and their families.

For more information, please contact any of the three consortia partners.
Julieanne Whyte
Amaranth Foundation

Last udpated 17 January 2017
Janelle Wheat
Associate Professor
Charles Sturt University

Di Potter
RTO Manager