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Practice Tip Sheets

The palliAGED Nurse and Careworker Practice Tip Sheets aim to support and improve care for older AustraliansThe palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets for careworkers and nurses have been developed to support those providing palliative care to older people. 

Covering a range of care issues, the Tip Sheets for careworkers are suitable for independent and in-house team training of careworkers. The palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets for nurses cover the same care issues at a level suitable for nurses newly engaged with providing palliative care to older people, or as support for training sessions with careworkers.

For health and care professionals with more experience we recommend visiting the palliAGED Evidence in Practice and related Evidence Centre for more information and guidance.

The Tip Sheets for nurses list tools that may be useful. This is not a recommendation or endorsement but serves to highlight the availability of tools that might be considered when providing care.
 

Careworkers content

For each issue addressed, the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheet includes:

A description of:
  • What it is
  • Why it matters
  • What I need to know.

What to Note and what to Do, ways to actively provide the right care for each person in your care.

Questions to prompt reflection on what the information presented means in terms of current and future care.

Nurses content

For each issue addressed, the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheet includes:

A description of:
  • What it is
  • Why it matters
  • What I need to know.

Actions to take and Tools that may be useful in support of care decisions


Questions to prompt reflection on what the information presented means in terms of current and future care.

About using the Tip Sheets

palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets can be worked through in any order. Each Tip Sheet can be helpful as a standalone item and other relevant Tip Sheets are indicated. The evidence and references used to develop the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets are provided as a companion supplement to each sheet.

To facilitate selection of the most relevant Tip Sheets the collection has been divided into three sections:

  1. Introduction to palliative care and care provider issues
  2. Decision-making & communication issues
  3. Care Issues

Suggested ways of using the collection by careworkers include:

  • independent learning
  • use of Tip sheets to support discussions with nurses/supervisors and others about palliative care and individual care needs
  • completion of the reflection questions to support understanding and identify where more support may be useful
  • by nurses/supervisors providing training to Careworkers/personal attendants.

Suggested ways of using the collection by nurses and educators include:

  • independent learning for professional development purposes
  • in-house group training for professional development and quality improvement initiatives
  • demonstration of staff training and development through completion and collation of palliAGED Practice Tip Sheet reflections
  • use of Tip Sheets to support facilitated staff discussion on palliative care and individual care needs
  • completion of the reflection questions to identify gaps at an organisation and/or individual level and highlight opportunities for improvement
  • combined with the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets for careworkers in aged care to facilitate training of careworkers/personal attendants.

We are currently expanding the tip sheet set with additional topics. Email palliaged@flinders.edu.au if you would like to be emailed once they are available. You can find out more about the project by visiting the Building the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets page.

Page created 18 February 2019