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Health practitioners and services are facing new challenges each day with respect to an ever expanding information base and the requirements for accountable and effective practice. Patients, carers and families also have difficulties in finding relevant and reliable information regarding their health and care. For those working in or affected by palliative care, these issues can be more complex due to the care needs and wishes of those with a life-limiting illness and their families and carers.

CareSearch is an online evidence and practice resource about palliative care. It aims to provide a one-stop shop of information and practical resources that serves the needs of all providing palliative care or affected by palliative care. The project also offers an effective and efficient way of supporting the development of evidence and the dissemination of information to support the translation of this evidence into practice and to prevent duplication of effort around Australia.

CareSearch will continue its role in the palliative care and health sector for the 2017-2020 period. We will continue to host and maintain the CareSearch and palliAGED websites and we will also be starting a new program of work designed to build engagement with palliative care evidence with three groups: patients and carers; allied health; and aged care. We are looking forward to continuing to work with other palliative projects and organisations and with individuals in finding, promoting and using palliative care evidence.