Federal Minister for Aged Care, The Hon. Ken Wyatt launched the new palliAGED program as part of National Palliative Care Week. This new online resource highlights what research evidence is important and effective for palliative care.
15% of the population were aged 65 and over last year – that is 3.7 million people and Mr Wyatt said that a civilisation can be measured by how well it treats its older people. “When we require palliative care this should become the centre of comfort, compassion towards people, their families and the wider community.
“This new online resource collects under one umbrella a wide range of valuable research data and information,” Mr Wyatt says. “It features new medications, medical practice, models of care, advice on cultural and other considerations, symptoms and treatment decisions, risk analysis, ways to support people and their families and public and consumer experience.
“All of this will help health professionals, aged care staff, family and friends, to provide the best possible care for older people at the end stage if their life.”
Designed to support nurses and care workers in residential aged care or community care, GP’s and general practice nurses, allied health professionals and support staff, the new palliAGED website provides evidence, guidance, tools and practical resources about palliative care for older Australians. Older people and their families will also find useful information on the website.
The new palliAGED website can be found here.
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