CareSearch Engagement Project
Over the 2017-2020 period the CareSearch/palliAGED team are developing and applying a structured framework to engage with specific groups to learn more about how they find health care information, and what information about palliative care they need. Our aim is to increase awareness and understanding of palliative care, to strengthen our connections with professional and community groups, and to ensure everyone has access to reliable information they can trust. A summary of the Engagement project is available as a fact sheet (305kb pdf).
The three groups we are working with over the 2017-2020 period are:
- Patients, Families and Carers
- Aged Care, and
- Allied Health.
In mid-2018, selected representatives from the three groups came together for one-day workshops (one workshop per group). These representatives took centre stage and told us the views and specific palliative care information needs of their community or sector. We learnt of the channels that commonly provide them with new information, and how this information moves out to members of their community or sector. They also provided feedback on the format and content of CareSearch and palliAGED palliative care resources, and the best avenues to share these with the community.
Responding to the insights gained, we have created an Action Plan for each group or sector. In November 2018, a workshop summary and the final Action Plan was presented via an online meeting to people who had registered their interest in the project.
We are now working to roll out the Action Plans.
In the coming months you will hear more from us through the aged care, allied health, and patient, carer and family community information channels. We will be addressing issues raised in the workshops and providing guidance on how to use the CareSearch and palliAGED resources to support your palliative care information needs.