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1st December 2023

As a Geriatrician and Palliative Care Physician, the majority of the patients Dr Elissa Campbell cares for have dementia.

“I see people throughout the disease trajectory, but … people with dementia spend 20 per cent of their last six months of life in hospital,” she said.

“Hospital isn’t always the best place for people with dementia, but it’s often the only option that they have for care.”

In addition, people with dementia don’t always have access to palliative care when they need it.

Inspired by these issues, Dr Campbell sought solutions as part of her recent Churchill Fellowship, where she explored different models of palliative care for people with dementia, ultimately outlining 12 elements that should be included.

Read all about the 12 elements to build a better model of palliative care for people with dementia based on PCWA President Dr Elissa Campbell’s presentation at the 2023 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference in Sydney recently.