PCACE stands for Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence.

The PCACE Project News will help to build awareness of the PCACE Project and will explain how this online evidence base for palliative care in aged care is being developed by CareSearch.


You may have heard about the APRAC (2006) and COMPAC (2011) Guidelines. They were the first evidence-based guidelines in the world looking at palliative care in residential aged care and community aged care. As such they played a major role in highlighting the importance of palliative care within the aged care sector and the contribution that guidance can play in improving care. The guidelines now need updating and the PCACE Project will create a new guidance resource that updates the content found in the APRAC and COMPAC guidelines.

The PCACE Project is being funded by the Department of Health and undertaken by CareSearch. This project will create an online evidence site for palliative care in aged care. It will bring together the literature and research evidence to guide practice, as well as hosting tools and resources that can be used to support palliative care for older Australians living in residential aged care or in the community. This new resource will complement other projects in aged care including Decision Assist, the PA Toolkit and the COMPAC modules hosted by Palliative Care Online Training.

The PCACE Project is being supported by a National Advisory Group comprising leaders from aged care, palliative care and community organisations and an Expert Advisory Group including academics and practitioners with expertise in clinical practice, aged care and research design and evaluation. Everyone can help. You can suggest tools, resources or projects that need to be included in the online guidance. You can help by reviewing content and pages or by joining in user testing activity. You can provide us with feedback when we need to know what the community thinks by emailing pcace.project@flinders.edu.au. You can help us promote the PCACE Project and the new resource by sharing the newsletter with your work colleagues.

You can subscribe to this newsletter online at the PCACE Project ’Getting Involved’ page.

To find out more, share something, or express your interest in being involved please email pcace.project@flinders.edu.au.

National guidelines for spiritual care in aged care
Meaningful Ageing Australia have developed guidelines for organisations and health care-givers to recognise and provide spiritual care to older people in residential aged care or home based settings. An overview of the key spiritual needs of older people and the five domains of spiritual care are provided in two short videos.

Clinical practice guidelines and principles of care for people with dementia
Clinical practice guidelines have been released for health and aged care staff who provide care for people with dementia in community, residential and hospital settings. Recommendations for responding to the needs and preferences of individuals with dementia, their carer(s) and families are given. An assessment guide facilitates the timely diagnosis of dementia.

Advance care directives in residential aged care
Leditshke IA, Crispin T, Bestic J. Advance care directives in residential aged care. Aust Fam Physician. 2015 Apr;44(4):186-90.
An overview of advance care directives (ACDs) is provided including the Code for Ethical Practice in ACDs and best practice principles for advance care planning in residential aged care facilities.

palliAGEDnurse app
This app helps nurses in general practice, residential aged care and community settings provide a palliative approach to care for older people. It is free to download and to access via the palliAGEDnurse website.

PA Toolkit: New Careworker Resources
New educational videos and factsheets introduce careworkers to key aspects of clinical care and outline their scope of practice. They are free to use and can be found on the resources page of the Residential Aged Care Palliative Approach Toolkit website.

You can also print a PDF version of the newsletter (274kb pdf) for yourself or for staff who do not have access to email.

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