Monthly Archives: June 2014

Focussing our spotlight on….. CareSearch

CareSearch is a palliative care information website offering “a comprehensive resource of content pages, data bases and resources to support palliative care health professionals,palliative care patients, their carers , families & friends”.

Information is grouped into commonly sought pages for carers or researchers or can be based on particular topics. Different professional groups have a “care hub”, with resources & literature particularly relevant for that sector.

Care Hubs include

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources
  • Allied Health
  • G.Ps
  • Nurses
  • Residential Aged Care

There is a strong search capacity within the site and it is as simple as adding a key word hitting search and then selecting the appropriate item.

Don’t be afraid to explore the CareSearch site – its well worth the visit. Always remember though if in doubt – double check so the information is place in context with the current clinical needs. Visit

CareSearch  (this is a link to a picture of the CareSearch website)

Radio Stars

Community radio station Eastern FM was the setting for a 1/2 hour broadcast by 3 palliative care providers during national palliative care week at the end of May.               Our radio voices were ably supplied by

  • Louise from Eastern Palliative Care
  • Sandeep from Eastern Health
  • Helen from Fernlea House

The chatty conversation covered the type of support available, how palliative care needs to be discussed more openly, that it isn’t just the last days or weeks of someone’s life, the importance of support and breaks for the carer. This was the first time the 3 services have joined together for a radio program.

The united message was not the only highlight of palliative care week within the region.

Dementia and the role of specialist palliative care was the topic at a forum hosted by Eastern Palliative Care. The well attended night had 3 speakers with clear messages

  • Dementia is common, yet most people don’t know it will result in death
  • Care is based on a person’s needs and symptoms like pain may exist and be shown as changed behaviour
  • Communicating that people die from dementia needs to occur early to allow people the opportunity to have conversations about care and other important matters

The Last Taboo- a community project hosted by Fernlea House had it’s first “death” cafe. The cafe setting provides a balance against a solemn topic . It allowed varied discussion to occur over cake & coffee. Each table had their own interesting discussions and at the end of the evening people wandered off with plenty of thoughts to sleep on.

Also occurring during palliative care week were less vocal messages involving art and poster displays at Wantirna Health & Caritas Christi Hospice.