A guest blog post from Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
As our population ages and patterns of disease change, there is an increasing demand for palliative care and the need for greater community awareness about death and dying. Research is crucial in achieving these aims. In this blog, Professor Jennifer Tieman discusses why and how the new Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying will contribute towards these aims.
A guest blog post from Diana Harrison, Jennifer Gavin, Melissa Brodie and Rebecca Moore, ELDAC Facilitators from Queensland University of Technology
When older Australians require multiple specialists and teams for their care, how do you keep everyone on the same page? In their latest blog, the ELDAC facilitator team from QUT share strategies to partner with other services to improve the care that older Australians receive at the end of life.
A guest blog post by Adam Forrest, Pharmacist Manager at Christies Guild Terry White Chemmart
Most community pharmacies serve persons undergoing palliative care. Adam Forrest, Pharmacist Manager from Christies Guild Terry White Chemmart, discusses his placement with a palliative care service through the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) program, and shares some pointers how community pharmacists can help provide quality care for persons undergoing palliative care.
A blog post by Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow, CareSearch, Flinders University
As demand for palliative care services increases, so too the need for relevant and quality education. Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht discusses how CareSearch supports health professionals and consumers access up-to-date information on palliative care education by providing a single point of entry to a broad range of courses, continuing professional development, and online and community learning.
A guest blog post by Kim Devery, Project Lead of End-of-Life Essentials, Senior Lecturer, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
End-of-life care can happen in any part of the hospital system, End-of-Life Essentials have produced four new eLearning modules to assist professionals in increasing their capacity and confidence in end-of-life care. Kim Devery, Project Lead of End-of-Life Essentials, discusses the new education models.
A guest blog post by Joao Pedro Guerra Boavida Ferreira, Doctor of Medicine, Instituto Portugues de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil (Short-term placement with Southern Adelaide Palliative Services in March and April 2018)
With the vast health information available in the internet and social media, how do we support health consumers get trustworthy information? In 2017, we at CareSearch conducted a survey looking at how members of the community search for and use online health information, including palliative and end-of-life care. Joao Boavida Ferreira a guest MD from Portugal working with Southern Adelaide Palliative Services and Flinders University, CareSearch, discusses the findings of the survey.
A guest blog post by Dr Tracey Giles, Head of Teaching Section (Nursing), Flinders University
Health care professionals agree that the quality of care provided in the emergency department for dying patients and their families is often not as good as it needs to be. Dr Tracy Giles of Flinders University explains how her research into the experiences of family members will help to identify what is working well already and areas of care that need improvement, and how you can become involved.
A guest blog post by Kim Devery, Lead of End-of-Life Essentials, Senior Lecturer and Head of Teaching Section, Palliative Care, Flinders University
In spring each year, postgraduate students from all around Australia leave family and work responsibilities to spend 2 intensive days at Flinders University in Adelaide. These professionals come to interact with peers and facilitators to learn more about communication at the end of life, the topic covered as core in all of our courses.
Communication, the cornerstone of excellent end-of-life care, is that delicate skill that can flourish in the fertile environment of mindful practice and supportive critique.
A guest blog post by Associate Professor Josephine Clayton, Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine at HammondCare’s Greenwich Hospital in Sydney, Associate Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Sydney and Director of the Advance Project
As a young doctor I spent some time working in a palliative care hospital in the early 90’s. It was such a privilege to be working with people at end of life - with the opportunity to make a difference to quality of life and well-being of patients, and their family members. That experience made me decide to devote my career to Palliative Medicine.
I had some experiences at that time that stayed with me.
I had a patient, Marion, who had been a school principal. Marion had suffered a severe stroke. She had survived but was very incapacitated, confined to bed and unable to communicate. She was being kept alive, surviving on a feeding tube, and facing a life of care and dependence. Her specialist was very committed to her survival.
A guest blog post by Kim Devery, Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline, Palliative Care, Flinders University
Let’s be frank, end-of-life care can be tricky. Yes, dying is normal, but it hasn’t been a major focus in the acute hospital systems. Health care professionals working in acute hospitals can find themselves challenged by patients with end-of-life care needs. Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals can be in a situation where they do not know how to best respond to a patient with end-of-life needs. Appropriate end-of-life interventions can be missed.
With 52% of Australians dying in acute hospitals, end-of-life care is essential knowledge for all health care professionals.