Category Archives: Aged Care

SPICT4ALL

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.

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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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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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Desirable funding model for palliative care

Professor Stephen Duckett argues that palliative care services are cost effective but that government funding arrangements do not reflect this, often encouraging hospital over home death, and inhibiting access.  He includes a summary of his suggested potential new directions and approaches for palliative care. Access the full Palliative Matters article.

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Palliative Care Barriers Survey

The Australian Government has commissioned a project exploring barriers to palliative care for nine population groups that are under-served or have complex needs.  Staff and volunteers who work with these groups in any capacity are invited to share their views by completing this survey which closes on 24 June. Further … Read more

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National Palliative Care Week 20-26 May 2018

National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia and supported by the Department of Health to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community. The theme for this year is What matters most? Resources are available to download here including a … Read more

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Fabulous food for our final days

Chef, Peter Morgan-Jones’ book “Lobster for Josino” will be launched during National Palliative Care Week. In writing the book, Peter worked with palliative care specialist Rod MacLeod, speech pathologist Prudence Ellis, and dietitian Jessica Lynch.  Recipes include gin and tonic lollipops, Scotch mouth swabs, and Christmas pudding mist.  You can … Read more

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Advance Life Care

Advance Life Care is an innovative online service where you can create your own Advance Care Plan quickly, easily and safely and ensure your wishes are respected in an emergency or if you can no longer voice your decisions. Absolutely free.

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Dying2Learn MOOC 2018

Is death and dying changing in the 21st century? Is how we think about death changing? The Dying2Learn MOOC will challenge you to: • Think about the language we use when we talk about dying • Learn about how and what people die from now • Find out how art, … Read more

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Victoria’s end of life and palliative care framework communique no 4

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