Author Archives: Emily Brasacchio

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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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.

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PCOC Annual Report

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

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New dementia resource

Dementia Australia has launched a new resource that provides dementia-specific information to help support people living with dementia who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI), their care partners, family and friends.  You can access the guide and other LGBTI dementia resources here.

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Lung Foundation Australia: COPD X Plan

The COPD-X Plan is the Australian and New Zealand online management guidelines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  It has been developed jointly by The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Lung Foundation.  It is written as a decision support aid primarily for general practitioners and other primary health … Read more

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National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study

GP clinics, aged care providers and hospitals are invited to participate in the study, which involves an audit of the health records of people aged 65 and older to determine the prevalence, characteristics and accessibility of Advance Care Directives and other advance care planning documentation. You can read more about the … Read more

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PCA & its Members a United Voice in Canberra

This week, the CEOs of PCA and its state and territory member organisations, held worthwhile meetings in Canberra seeking increased support for palliative care with the Minister for Health, Hon. Greg Hunt, the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Hon. Ken Wyatt, Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the … Read more

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Nurses Memorial Centre Scholarships

This year the NMC have five scholarships available for nurses and midwives undertaking postgraduate study at an Australian University in 2019. Applications open 1 July, closing on 31 August 2018.  For further information or to apply online visit the NMC website.

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Smoothing discussion about prognosis and treatment

To help clinicians discuss goals of care with seriously ill patients a framework has been developed with the mnemonic, REMAP: Reframe, Expect emotion, Map out patient goals, Align with goals, and Propose a plan. VITALtalk have created an educational video for clinicians which steps through the REMAP framework.

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