AUDIO: Increased investment in palliative care can result in improved health outcomes for a person at end of life in a cost-effective way, Professor David Currow told the Australian Association of Gerontology national conference on Wednesday.
Professor Currow, who is professor palliative and supportive services at Flinders University, said good end-of-life care aimed to optimise function and comfort in a person’s physical, emotional, existential, social, sexual and financial domains.
Pain and symptom control is a priority as is supporting the caregivers whom we rely so much on so they know how to provide the best care and where to get help, he said.
Speaking to AAA after his presentation, Professor Currow outlines the case for more investment in palliative care and offers the priorities to focus on:
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