Website Updates


October 2018

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

September 2018

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


SPICT4ALL has been added to the palliAGED pages. Based on the original SPICT tool designed to help health professionals identify people who might benefit from palliative care and appropriate planning for future care, SPICT4ALL has been ‘de-medicalised’ for use by patients, family carers and staff working in health and care.

The importance of palliAGED in rural and remote nursing

A guest blog post by Dr Ann Aitken PhD, Acting Director of Nursing & Midwifery, Rural and Remote Services, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service

Pharmacists: The Medicines Experts

A guest blog post by Paul Tait, Lead Palliative Care Pharmacist, Southern Adelaide Palliative Services

August 2018

What is the relationship between good advocacy services and good palliative care?

A guest blog post by Lewis Kaplan, former CEO, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)

July 2018

Terminal Care

Terminal care usually refers to the care in the last few days to weeks of life when a person is irreversibly dying. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Terminal Care.

June 2018

HealthPathways—supporting local relevant and consistent palliative care

A guest blog by Katharine Silk, Integration and Innovation Manager, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

Aged Care Service Needs: ELDAC survey report

A guest blog post by Dr John Rosenberg (Research Fellow), Karen Clifton (Project Coordinator (ELDAC)), and Professor Patsy Yates (Head of School), School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology.

May 2018

Why evidence matters at the end-of-life and why it’s everyone’s business

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

Complementary Medicine

Complementary medicine refers to medicines and therapies that are used alongside conventional medicine. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Complementary medicine.

April 2018

Care Leavers

A section Care Leavers has been added to Specific Needs in the Evidence Centre.

March 2018

Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care (CRE-ELC)

A guest blog post by Professor Patsy Yates, Centre Director, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-life Care, Head, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology; Director, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education

Symptoms and Medicines

The Symptoms and Medicines section of the website has recently been updated. The symptoms and medicines section provides a single gateway to high quality information to support fast and reliable access to evidence to inform clinical practice..

February 2018

Needs Assessment

Needs assessments can help to identify what patients and their families consider important and where they need help and support. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Needs Assessment.

January 2018

palliAGED apps

The palliAGED apps have been updated in the Google Play store to fix an issue that could cause the content to be blank on some Android devices.

Managing Crises

A crisis or an emergency in palliative care is a sudden deterioration in a person’s condition which requires an urgent response. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Managing Crises.

Page Updates

The following pages have been updated to include new and recently published evidence:

Syringe Drivers

Syringe drivers are small portable (usually battery-operated) devices used to administer medication in palliative care. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Syringe Drivers.

December 2017

Symptoms and Medicines

A new section in the Evidence Centre is a gateway to fast and reliable access to evidence to inform your clinical practice. It provides an overview of common symptoms and how to manage medications. There are links to other useful Australian resources.

November 2017

Two new topics have been included in the Evidence Centre and the Practice Centre:

Advance Care Planning (ACP)

Respite care

October 2017

Two new topics have been included in the Evidence Centre and the Practice Centre:

Case Conferences

Spiritual care

September 2017

Models of care

One new topic has been included in the Evidence Centre and the Practice Centre:

August 2017

Cognitive Issues

The provision of palliative care in the context of older age needs to consider some specific issues including cognitive decline, confusion, dementia and/or communication difficulties.  As the community ages, dementia is becoming increasingly common. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around cognitive issues.

July 2017

palliAGED videos

Check out the range of videos for nurses, GPs and aged care.


Resilience in older adults can be defined as the ability to ‘bounce back’ and recover physical and/or psychological health in the face of adversity. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around resilience.

palliAGED apps

The palliAGED apps provide nurses and GPs with easy and convenient access to information to help them care for people approaching the end of their life. You can also view palliAGEDgp content online and palliAGEDnurse content online.

June 2017

Emergency Planning and Management

A palliative care emergency is a sudden and life-threatening change in a person’s condition. In this scenario, handovers of care are particularly important to reduce risk of receiving inappropriate treatment. Planning ahead for possible emergencies is good practice and can improve the quality and safety of care. Check out our Evidence Summary and our practice points.

Order resources
You can email us at palliaged@flinders.edu.au to order our palliAGED poster, factsheet or brochure to share with colleagues.

Minister's Launch Speech
You can view Minister Wyatt speech on our Vimeo channel.

May 2017

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palliAGED was launched on 25 May 2017 by the Minister of Ageing, the Hon Ken Wyatt, AM.

The palliAGED site supports nurses and care workers in residential aged care or community care, GPs and general practice nurses, allied health professionals and support staff with evidence, tools, guidance and practice resources about palliative care for older Australians. There is also information and resources for older people and their families.

Palliative Perspectives Blogs
Three new aged care blogs have been published:


Page updated 09 October 2018