Monthly Archives: August 2018

Small Actions, Big Difference

Dementia Awareness Month is held each year in September. Its aim is to encourage all Australians to become more aware of dementia, to get a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and how we can support people living with dementia. Visit the website for further details on how you can participate.

Facial recognition pain tool rolling out nationally

 A tool that uses facial recognition software to detect pain in the elderly and people with dementia is making its way across Australian residential aged care villages. Known as PainChek, its national rollout via Dementia Support Australia (DSA) is now underway for 150 consultants caring for up to 5000 people with dementia per annum. The pilot started in October 2017 in WA for DSA-referred clients from residential and community aged care providers with behavioural problems. Results showed significant association between pain and clients’ behaviours. PainChek chief executive Philip Daffas said the device helped residents immensely by giving a voice to those who found it difficult to communicate.

PCV Life Membership Call for Nominations

The PCV Board invites nominations for the award of PCV Life Membership in recognition of significant and sustained contributions to palliative care and the palliative approach in Victoria. Information about the selection criteria and nomination process is available here. Nominations close at 5.00 pm on Friday, 31st August 2018.

PCOC Annual Report

This 2017 PCOC report highlights key achievements of the program and participating palliative care services and is available here.