Help to start a conversation on end-of-life care
Palliative Care Australia has released two new online resources to make it easier for people to record and share their care wishes and preferences at the end of life.
PCA CEO Liz Callaghan said the online discussion starter resource expands on the success of the printed version, which has been distributed to 15,000 people around Australia.
“The online discussion starter and card game is an easy, interactive and accessible way for all Australians to work out what is most important for them at end of life,” she said.
The online card game includes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific deck to provide culturally appropriate options such as visiting or dying on country.
“After you input your answers you can download, print or e-mail them to yourself, making it easy to share your wishes with your loved ones, carers or healthcare professionals,” said Ms Callaghan.
A national survey conducted by PCA found that while 85 per cent of Australians believe it is important to have a conversation with family about the care they would like to receive at end of life, only a third of people surveyed have actually had the discussion.
Further, 83 per cent of Australians believe it is important to put their end-of-life wishes in writing, but only 21 per cent have done this.
EMRPCC Clinical Documents
.Guidelines for using the BD Saf-T-Intima System in Aged Care
.Noisy Breathing at the End of Life- family leaflet 2016
.Management of Respiratory Secretions in the Terminal Phase May 2016
.Syringe Driver Drug Compatibilities- May 2016
.Opioid Conversions May 2016
- The Palliative Approach Toolkit is available from via Caresearch.
- Palliative Approach toolkit – Self directed learning package (16.52 MB) has 3 sections – care worker, EN/RN introduction & EN/RN Advanced. It is a very large document.
- Affirming Life – a palliative approach guide for family with loved ones in aged care is a useful book for families and staff. It is a large document- be aware before hitting print.
Communication tools (including dementia situations)
Advance Care Planning
- Eastern Health has a document called the EH Advance Care Plan-Directive Aged Care -July2014 This can be co-branded with your facility logo by contacting the Eastern Health Advance Care Planning team
- Advance Care Planning Australia – website has links on the home page to ACP documents. Online training is via a tab on the top menu of the website.
- VictorianAdvance care planning – strategy 2014-18
Palliative care brochures (accessible at these external websites)
Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing website
Australian Pain Society has several publications applicable to the aged care facilities