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Why quality in palliative care guidance for aged care matters

A blog post from Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

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Given the pressures on the aged care system and the reform agenda currently in play, there is a continuing need to ensure that current evidence and resources are available to guide care provision for older Australians as they approach the end of their life. Professor Jennifer Tieman from CareSearch highlights that the palliAGED website provides the latest evidence and resources for palliative care in aged care and discusses how it does guidance differently.

End of Life Care, evidence-based tip sheets for all aged care staff

A guest blog post by Nigel McGothigan, Member Advocate at Leading Age Services Australia Ltd (LASA)

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Many people do not receive the right care at the end of life in residential aged care. Nigel McGothigan from LASA discusses complexities of the Aged Care Industry and the importance of resources such as the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets for aged care workers to support them in providing exceptional and exemplary care.

palliAGED practice tips: easy-to-read and evidence-based palliative care resource

A guest blog post by Prosper Sithole, Nurse Practitioner at Bupa Aged Care Australia

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Many people working in aged care are faced with challenges of not knowing what to do for someone in their care. Prosper Sithole from Bupa Aged Care Australia discusses her experience has a registered nurse working in aged care and how access to evidence-based resources, such as the palliAGED practice tip sheets, can support those looking after the elderly.

palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets: responding to need

A guest blog post by Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow, Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director and Susan Gravier, Research Associate, CareSearch, Flinders University

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Across residential and home-based aged care at least 70% of direct care (“hands on” care) is provided by careworkers. Many of the people they care for could benefit from palliative care. To support current and future careworkers to understand and build capacity in palliative care, palliAGED managed by CareSearch, have launched an entry-point collection of evidence-based learning resources: palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets for Careworkers in aged care. Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Professor Jennifer Tieman and Susan Gravier from CareSearch discuss this new freely-available palliAGED resource and how it is responding to the need for sector support while aged care issues are part of the conversation.

Symptom Management in the Terminal Phase: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

A guest blog post by Paul Tait, Content Editor, CareSearch, Flinders University and Lead Palliative Care Pharmacist, Southern Adelaide Palliative Services and Susan Gravier, Research Associate, CareSearch, Flinders University

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Susan Gravier and Paul Tait from CareSearch and Southern Adelaide Palliative Services discuss the newly revised Symptoms and Medicines pages in the palliAGED Practice Centre and how this information and resources can help nurse practitioners and general practitioners in symptom management of older Australians in their last days of life. 

LGBTI Elders and Older People - Initiatives in Aged and Palliative Care

A guest blog post from Samantha Edmonds, Silver Rainbow - National Project Manager, National LGBTI Health Alliance

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Up to 11% of Australians are of diverse sexual orientation, sex or gender identity. However, accessing appropriate health and aged care services remains difficult for many older LGBTI Australians. Samantha Edmonds of the National LGBTI Health Alliance discusses current initiatives and the work that still needs to be done in providing inclusive, person-centred aged and palliative care services.

Palliative approach offers peace of mind

A guest blog post by Mark Butler, Chaplaincy and Palliative Care Manager, Eldercare

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Implementing a palliative approach to care enables residential aged care facilities to support the quality of life, comfort and dignity for each of their resident from admission to death. Mark Butler from Eldercare discusses how their organisation implemented a palliative approach, and the benefits it brings to their residents and their families and multidisciplinary staff members.

palliAGEDgp: equipping GPs in rural and remote areas to deliver quality palliative care

A blog post by Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director, Matthew Flinders Fellow, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

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General Practitioners (GPs), especially those in rural areas, face challenges when delivering palliative care for older Australians. Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director at Flinders University discusses how palliAGEDgp, an evidence-based and easy-to-access smartphone app, has been helping thousands of doctors support our elderly who are faced with life-limiting illness.

Improving end-of-life care for residential aged care residents initiative

A guest blog post by Mia Taylen-Smith, Nurse Practitioner, Metro South Palliative Care

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Older people living in residential aged care facilities need to be provided high quality end-of-life care. This will often involve nurses who will help with advance care planning and implement a palliative approach to care. Mia Taylen-Smith of Metro South Palliative Care discusses how their Improving End-of-Life Care Residential Aged Care Residents Initiative aims to enable aged care nurses.

Vulnerable older people at risk at end of life

A guest blog post by Dr Kelly Purser and Associate Professor Tina Cockburn, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology

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The end of life makes older people more vulnerable to elder abuse. Dr Kelly Purser and Associate Professor Tina Cockburn from the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology discuss the escalating, and often hidden, problem of elder abuse in Australia’s ageing population and the different forms it can take.

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