palliAGED logo What is palliAGED?

palliAGED is an online evidence-based guidance and knowledge resource about palliative care in aged care for use by health professionals and the aged care workforce. There is also information for older Australians seeking information about palliative care. It incorporates and updates the evidence-based information previously contained in the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care (APRAC) and the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting (COMPAC).

This resource aims to provide knowledge for clinical decision-making and for the service and practice elements of care. Quality resources, information and links to other projects, and practice tools form an important part of the content.
As an online resource, information is available and accessible when needed and, as new evidence emerges, the guidance can be easily updated.

Who is involved in developing this resource and ensuring quality?

This guidance resource was developed by the CareSearch Project Team who is responsible for the CareSearch website. The work was overseen by a National Advisory Group comprising key stakeholders from the aged and palliative care sectors. The work was informed by members of the Evidence Advisory Group comprising content experts and evidence assessment experts. The project also accessed expertise in evidence retrieval and translation from within the CareSearch project to make sure that the evidence is ready for use. There was also consultation with the aged care and palliative care sectors about the project as well as with other projects working in aged care and palliative care.

The palliAGED Project used robust quality processes to ensure the trustworthiness and relevance of the online resource that was developed. Project pages within the CareSearch website provided information on the progress of the project and the PCACE Project newsletter built awareness of the project in the aged care and palliative care sectors. Clinicians, aged care staff, researchers, educators, community members and staff working in general practice and community care settings assisted in the review processes and usability testing to ensure that this evidence resource is relevant and useful for intended users.

How did palliAGED come about?

Published in 2005 and updated in 2006, the Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care (APRAC) Guidelines provided support and guidance for health professionals providing palliative care in residential aged care facilities. The Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting (COMPAC), developed as a companion document to APRAC, were published in 2011. These two guidelines were the first ever to acknowledge, compile, and promote the availability and importance of evidence that could guide and support palliative care for older people. In 2015, a feasibility study of a proposed review of the APRAC and COMPAC Guidelines was undertaken. This study found an ongoing need for a dynamic up-to-date evidence base to drive better practice of palliative care in aged care. The need for accessible and practical tools which support the evidence was also clearly expressed by stakeholders, as was the need to focus on better leverage and implementation of the existing large body of work in this space.

In April 2016, CareSearch (Flinders University South Australia) was appointed by The Department of Health to undertake the Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence (PCACE) Project to develop and host an enhanced online evidence base for palliative care in aged care. The new resource called palliAGED was launched 25 May 2017 at Parliament House by the Minister of Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt, AM. 

Find out more

You can vist the palliAGED website at You can register for the monthly newsletter and/or alerts, order resources or make enquiries.

Page updated 18  September 2018