Aged care providers need to be open about the end-of-life services they can and can’t provide and refer elsewhere when necessary, writes Larissa McIntyre.
The new quality standards require aged care services to include advance care and end-of-life planning according to individual consumers’ preferences.
A wide-ranging new textbook on palliative care is a valuable resource for the aged care sector, an expert says.
The nation’s peak palliative care body is reviewing its position on euthanasia and physician-assisted dying after it became legal in Victoria, and has released two key reports on assisted dying around the world.
Australia’s “death doulas” are taking the first steps towards becoming an incorporated national body and hope to gain accreditation over the next year, as they seek an established role in the palliative care process.
Advance Care planning Australia has released a range of translated resources for non-Egnlish speaking communities to help start the end-of-life planning discussion.
A new community palliative care project is helping people be cared for and die at home.
Dementia Australia and Palliative Care Australia have released a joint policy statement calling for improved awareness of the specific end-of-life care needs of people with dementia.
Aged and community care organisations are being encouraged to take part in a national project investigating major barriers to accessing palliative care services.
Flinders University researchers are running a free online course on palliative care and end-of-life issues.
Palliative Care Victoria has raised concerns for the aged care sector over the passing of voluntary euthanasia legislation in Victoria, the first state in Australia to do so, as sector peaks and providers prepare their responses.
Palliative care needs, services and resources in residential aged care are the focus of a $15 million project involving a consortium of national agencies including provider representatives.
Palliative Care Australia and the Royal Flying Doctor Service are partnering to help raise awareness of the importance of advance care planning among older rural and remote Australians.
Australia’s palliative care services are working to incorporate more understanding and awareness of wound care in their work with aged care residents and other patients.