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Nurse Practitioners (NPs) can help integrate the new Aged Care Quality Standards

A guest blog post by Peter Jenkin, Nurse Practitioner (Palliative Care), Resthaven

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The new Aged Care Quality Standards have now come into effect and all organisations providing aged care services in Australia will need to demonstrate how they comply with the new standards. Peter Jenkin from Resthaven discusses the role of Nurse Practitioners in helping aged care organisations integrate the new standards into practice, and thus demonstrate compliance.

Palliative care central to person-centred aged care

A blog post from Professor Jennifer Tieman, Director, Matthew Flinders Fellow, Research Centre in Palliative Care, Death and Dying

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What is the nature of person-centred care in the context of palliative care and aged care? Following the Aged Care Royal Commission hearing Professor Jennifer Tieman explores some of the issues involved in ensuring that there is holistic care for older Australians receiving aged care services coming to the end of their life.

Knowing me, knowing you… Reflecting on intimacy and sexuality at the end of life

A guest blog post by Nigel McGothigan, Director of Aged Care and Health Care Education, Australian Capital College

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No matter their diverse characteristics, life experiences, cultural background, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation or financial situation, every Australian has the right to have to their individual needs and expectations met without discrimination. For many, there remains a difficulty in accepting that older adults or those who are at end of life want intimacy and have sexuality needs. Nigel McGothigan, Director of Aged Care and Health Care Education from Australian Capital College discusses the tools put in place to support the aged care workforce to understand and be agile in addressing expectations and the complex and diverse care needs of the older person.

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.

Staying in the ring: Clinical speech pathology at the end of life

A guest blog post by Wendy Pearse, Principal Project Officer for End of Life Care, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and Speech Pathology Australia Aged Care Working Party member

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Speech pathologists will often work with patients undergoing palliative care and treatment, despite the perception that it may not be their role. Wendy Pearse, Principal Project Officer for End of Life Care at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service discusses challenging those perceptions and the importance of evidence-based practice in supporting speech pathologists in providing care for those patients.

Understanding palliative care and why it matters

A blog post by Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow, CareSearch, Flinders University

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Palliative care is increasingly mentioned in mainstream and professional media releases and reports, particularly those related to aged care and cancer, but it is often misrepresented or mentioned only in passing. Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht from CareSearch explains what palliative care is and why it matters from a researcher perspective.

Strategies to improve service and client outcomes in aged care

A guest blog post from Diana Harrison, Jennifer Gavin, Melissa Brodie and Rebecca Moore, ELDAC Facilitators from Queensland University of Technology

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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.

Is there scope for technology to add value in palliative care?

A guest blog post by Priyanka Bhattarai, Research Associate, ELDAC (End-of-Life Directions for Aged Care)

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The enormous growth and usage of internet over the last 15 years has resulted in large pools of health and medical information now being available freely on the worldwide web. Priyanka Bhattarai discusses if there is any scope for technology to add value in the palliative care setting.

Recognising the need for end of life directions in aged care

A guest blog post from Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director, Discipline Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University

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Did you know that in the next 25 years, the number of Australians who die each year will almost double? Australia needs to be ready to care for older people as they come to the end of their life, and ELDAC (End of Life Directions for Aged Care) has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to help meet this need. Find out more about ELDAC and how the project can help by reading the blog by Professor Jennifer Tieman, ELDAC Project Co-Lead, Flinders University and CareSearch Director.

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.
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