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Standing beside our frail elderly, in the centre of life

This excerpt is part of a wonderful opinion piece from the Sydney Morning Herald, written by Elizabeth Oliver - a GP and advanced trainee in Palliative Medicine A month before the aged care royal commission released its interim report, two nurses from a low-income country visited our hospital unit on an observership. They found many [...]

By |2019-11-06T15:13:05+11:00November 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report

Aged Care in Australia: A Shocking Tale of Neglect The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable, citizens. It does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too [...]

By |2019-11-04T12:33:18+11:00November 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

CarerHelp – New Resource

CarerHelp, a new resource to support unpaid carers, will be launched at Parliament House today during National Carers Week 2019. Developed as part of the Australian Family Carer Toolkit Project, this new resource helps to prepare unpaid carers to care for a partner, parent, child or friend at the end of life. “Caring for a relative [...]

By |2019-10-17T11:03:54+11:00October 17th, 2019|News|0 Comments

What do Aboriginal Australians want from their aged care system? Community connection is number one

The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is ageing at a much faster rate than the non-Indigenous population. Aboriginal Australians record high mid-life rates of multiple chronic diseases including heart disease and stroke, lung disease, and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, for example, is more than twice as common in the Indigenous population than the non-Indigenous population. [...]

By |2019-07-03T18:31:03+11:00July 5th, 2019|News|0 Comments

WHERE WE DIE MATTERS, SO LET’S TALK

“My attitude is that [nursing homes] are waiting rooms. You go there to wait to die. Sometimes it takes a long time. Sometimes it doesn’t. But essentially it’s where you deposit people that you don’t want to care for at home or you can’t care for at home.” That’s an observation from Jim*, a 66-year-old [...]

By |2019-06-24T15:40:55+11:00June 24th, 2019|News|0 Comments

What is the evidence that people living with frailty have needs for palliative care at the end of life?

People are now living longer than ever before, something we should celebrate. But it also means that more people are living with frailty as they grow older, and some are dying without ever receiving a diagnosis associated with terminal care. Frailty is often described as something that increases your vulnerability to health stressors. This means [...]

By |2019-04-17T16:49:29+11:00April 17th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Building capacity in RACF staff key to more confident end of life care in Northern Sydney

When Sydney North Primary Health Network (PHN) looked at supportive and palliative care gaps in end of life care one of the areas that they identified for more support and development was the delivery of end of life care in residential aged care settings. As Care Coordination Commissioning Manager with Sydney North PHN, Debra Clark [...]

By |2018-10-29T11:05:56+11:00October 29th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Needs Round model triggers better palliative & residential aged care in Kogarah

Nurse Practitioners Josh Cohen and Carmen Sanchez offer support to residential aged care facilities, collectively representing some 4,000 aged care beds in their area. Based at Calvary Kogarah in South Eastern Sydney LHD, Josh explained that at commencement in 2017 the service inherited an under-resourced but much demanded liaison role into residential aged care. “Prior [...]

By |2018-10-26T16:49:28+11:00October 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Report released: Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia

In a media release today the Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee announced the publication of it's Report on the Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia. The inquiry examined the delivery and regulation of the current aged care system and the prevalence of mistreatment. In the media release [...]

By |2018-10-22T14:40:28+11:00October 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Royal commission into aged care sector must examine palliative care provision: Palliative Care Australia Media Release

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) CEO Liz Callaghan says the Royal Commission into the aged care sector must examine the provision of palliative care to residents and consumers of aged care services.  “Palliative Care Australia and its members welcome the announcement of a Royal Commission into the aged care sector,” Ms Callaghan said.  “There are over [...]

By |2018-09-20T11:51:58+11:00September 18th, 2018|News|2 Comments