A holistic approach to pain management rather than medication alone is the best way to minimise the impact pain has on aged care residents, writes Priyanka Rai.
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A suite of resources encouraging health professionals to diagnose and treat low back pain without the need for scans or surgery is available online.
Use of analgesics and related medications is widespread in the residential aged care, according to a new study by pharmacists working in the sector.
The National Ageing Research Institute is hosting a half-day workshop on pain in dementia where aged care providers and healthcare professionals can hear from leading experts in the field of pain research.
As Australian marks National Pain Week, head of the Australian Pain Management Association Elizabeth Carrigan writes in AAA that persistent pain is one of the greatest healthcare crises in the country.
Improved pain awareness and management is needed to address the widespread under-treatment of pain in aged care, according to Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, director of HammondCare’s Dementia Centre.
Participants wanted for downsizing survey; volunteers sought for research into making a will; link between poor fitness, low IQ and early-onset dementia; and poor sleep increases pain risk in older people.
Chronic pain costs the Australian economy an estimated $34 billion per year and is the nation’s third most costly health problem. Now moves are underway to recognise pain as a chronic disease.
Australia has helped the worldwide effort get the UN to adopt a special palliative care ‘indicator’ in its Global Monitoring Framework. The international community now has a common way to measure and collect data on pain management performance.
The final report from the Senate’s ‘Palliative Care in Australia’ inquiry is out. Inquiry chair, Senator Rachel Siewert, tabled the report yesterday and stressed the humanitarian importance of improving the system.
The creative advocacy partnership between Palliative Care Australia and Moonshine Movies that led to the creation of the ‘LIFE Before Death’ film project has won a business-arts-health award.
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The NPS wants aged care staff and medical professionals to take more time to investigate the root cause of an older person’s headache pain, given the recent results of a survey which found that 1/10 Aussies have a headache once a week.
The Senate inquiry into palliative care is well underway, with evidence about what is right and wrong in the current system now being presented at public hearings around the country.