Improve quality of end of life care for older Australians
The ELDAC ‘Working Together’ toolkit has been developed to assist aged care providers to create or enhance linkages across the aged, primary and palliative care sectors. Working together can reduce avoidable hospitalisations and shorten length of hospital stays for older Australians receiving community or residential aged care.
Other benefits may include increased staff confidence, skills and knowledge about palliative care and advance care planning and improved access to palliative care advice and support.
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at End of Life
Last month, Hon Ken Wyatt launched a new portal to assist health professionals caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the end of life, their families and communities. It covers culturally appropriate palliative and end of life care; grief and bereavement; and planning ahead. The portal can be accessed from the Australia Indigenous Health InfoNet website
The Advance Project
The Advance Project is a practical, evidence-based toolkit for practice nurses, GPs and Practice Managers. The toolkit contains screening and assessment tools and a training package, specifically designed to support Australian general practices to implement a team-based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice. In October the project received further funding to extend and expand the Advance Project. Visit their website for more information.
Languages expanded for Paediatric Palliative Care Resources
Palliative Care Australia have recently added resources in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese to their paediatric resources for families who have a child with a life limiting illness. Access them on their website.
Caring@home resources for support nurses and carers
caring@home has released a range of best practice and consistent resources for community service providers, health care professionals and carers to support carers to help manage breakthrough symptoms safely in community-based palliative care patients using subcutaneous medicines.
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