Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Care
Ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients feel culturally safe and receive culturally responsive care is a key responsibility of every health care provider. The new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Care resources will help build a path of cultural capability and understanding for supporting care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These pages bring together a range of resources and information to help the health care workforce and carers in providing palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Indigenous people’s end of life care wishes
The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) and Palliative Care Australia has recently launched Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dying to Talk resources with the Hon Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Health. Focus groups with community members ensured the Discussion Starter and the Dying to Talk Cards were culturally safe and useful. Click here to read more.
Dying to Talk encourages Australians of all ages and levels of health to talk about dying. 82% of Australians think it is important to talk to their family about how they would want to be cared for at the end of their life. Only 28% have done so. The Dying to Talk Discussion Starter guides you through talking with your loved ones. Find both resources here.
A new guideline for inserting and delivering medication via the subcutaneous route developed by the Eastern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium can be found here: Guidelines for using the BD Saf-T-Intima System in Residential Aged Care Facilities
New VitalTalk website
VitalTalk’s new website aims to nurture healthier connections between patients and clinicians. Dr Robert Arnold, a keynote speaker at the 2014 PCV Conference, is a regular contributor. If you’ve ever had trouble finding an Oncotalk, Intensivetalk, or Toughtalk resource, they are now all together in the one site, along with videos, chapters, articles, and powerpoint talks. Explore and download here