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Two lots of palliative care resources, including new standards, guidelines and support materials, have been released this week to support aged care providers.
Sydney North Primary Health Network will report to a national PHN meeting in September about its major project now underway with HammondCare to provide quality end-of-life education and training for staff working in residential aged care.
Palliative and end-of-life care in residential facilities improves residents’ quality of life and saves public money through reduced use of ambulance and hospital services, but take up remains low, new economic analysis shows.
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.
Aged care peaks welcome stable funding for the sector saying stakeholders now have certainty as they work through numerous ongoing reviews ahead of next stages of reform.
Organisers of National Palliative Care Week will highlight aged care services providing excellent palliative care while encouraging those who need improvement to access latest resources.
The evidence supporting community-based palliative and end-of-life care is growing and health and aged care providers should work to support existing community networks, an international expert says.
Australia’s peak doctors group has urged governments to increase funding for quality end of life care and nationally consistent palliative care services in Australia.
As Australia marks World Alzheimer’s Day today, Palliative Care Australia is calling for better access to appropriate palliative care for the 353,800 people living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
ELECTION: Uncapping the supply of aged care places, recognising end-of-life care as a priority and finalising a sector workforce strategy are among the commitments stakeholders are seeking from the major parties.
With the government having signalled the next reforms to commence in 2017, many are hopeful that 2016 will be a year of action and preparation for change.
The full rollout of CDC across community care, the announcement of further consumer control from 2017, and the moving of aged care back to the health department – it was another significant year for aged care.
The aged care sector is being encouraged to nominate staff, volunteers and organisations that set the bar in end-of-life care for Palliative Care Australia’s inaugural national awards.