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COVID-19

This page has been developed to provide information and resources specifically relevant to palliative care in Western Australia during COVID-19.

Given the rapidly unfolding situation with the spread of COVID-19 in WA, we would like to assure you that the health and wellbeing of our team, our members, and members of the community remain a priority for Palliative Care WA. You can read our full COVID-19 statement, including changes to our workflow, events and activities here.

Palliative Care and Aged Care sectors

We are working with our members and stakeholders to develop resources to assist palliative care and aged care organisations and workers. We invite you to tell us what kind of resources you need by contacting us directly on info@palliativecarewa.asn.au.

Resources

COVID-19: Why palliative care matters! – statement from the Australian COVID-19 Palliative Care Working Group addressing preparation and planning for the anticipated surge in coronavirus cases and critical role of palliative care in the front line response (Palliative Care Australia)

Managing COVID-19 in aged-care – Discussion notes from Palliative Care WA forum 17 March 2020

Palliative care in COVID-19 – Information for allied health, nurses, GPs, Aged Care, hospitals, paediatrics (CareSearch – palliative care knowledge network)

COVID-19 advice for the Health and Aged Care sector (Australian Dept of Health)

How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID–19 – an infection control training module for care workers (Australian Dept of Health)

COVID-19 guidelines for outbreaks in residential facilities (Australian Dept of Health)

National Guidelines for Public Health Units – developed in conjunction with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia and endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principle Committee (Australian Dept of Health)

Goals of Care in the COVID-19 Environment (WA Health)

Dementia help sheets to navigate COVID-19 (Dementia Australia)

MPaCCS COVID-19 Bulletins (Bethesda Heath Care)

Leading Aged Care Services Australia have an extremely comprehensive list of useful resources for aged care providers in the COVID-19 environment (LASA)

 

Community members

We are currently working to develop resources to assist people who have a family member or friend receiving palliative care services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of priority is a resource to assist people to have advance care planning discussions with family members. In the meantime you will find a comprehensive range of resources and links on advance care planning at www.youonlydieonce.com.au.  If there are any resources that you would like to see us develop, we invite you to let us know.

Resources

COVID-19 information for residents of residential care services, family members and visitors (Australian Dept of Health)

We are here to help with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – range of links and advice for older people, including a video (Older Persons Advocacy Network)

For people with palliative care needs during COVID-19 – range of information and links (CareSearch – palliative care knowledge network)

For people at high risk of severe COVID-19 infection – range of information and links (CareSearch – palliative care knowledge network)

Grief and Bereavement during Coronavirus – range of resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic (Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement)

Are you a carer?

If you are caring for a family member or friend during this time the following resources may be useful in addition to others on this page:

Palliative Caring – a free booklet that covers everything you need to know (Palliative Care WA)

Carer Gateway – a range of practical advice and support for carers (Australian Government)

Carers WA – has a range of publications as well as offering the Carers WA Advisory Line on 1300 227 377 (Carers WA)

 

COVID-19 general information

We strongly urge everyone in the WA community and the sector to seek general and up to date information and advice on COVID-19 from reputable sources such as those below:

Australian Department of Health

WA Health

 

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