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A grant to educate staff in nursing homes will benefit palliative care

See the full story by Rod Bennett in the Manly Daily 8th August 2017. Northern Sydney aged-care facilities will be first in Sydney to receive the benefits from a program to improve palliative care. One third of aged-care homes in the area have signed up for the program which will see staff educated and trained [...]

By |2017-08-11T15:36:30+11:00August 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Have your say in the new Single Aged Care Quality Framework

In May, the Australian Government announced a review of the National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes after major failures of care were identified. As part of these reforms, they began work on a Single Aged Care Quality Framework. The proposed Single Aged Care Quality Framework will include a single set of quality standards that apply [...]

By |2017-06-29T15:31:20+11:00June 30th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Making an Advance Care Directive: Ministry of Health template released

The Ministry of Health has released 'Making an Advance Care Directive', an information booklet about Advance Care Directives (ACDs). A newly developed ACD template is included as a fill-in-tear-off feature at the back of the booklet. The resource is targeted at health consumers, and the template is currently being trialed by South Eastern Sydney LHD [...]

By |2017-06-20T10:09:52+11:00June 19th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Managing dementia as a palliative illness

Dementia and Palliative Care: Getting it Together Between now and the end of June, the Program of Excellence in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) and the Western NSW Local Health District are presenting information sessions providing insight into the management of dementia as a palliative illness. These short forums are aimed at providing valuable information to [...]

By |2017-06-16T16:56:55+11:00June 16th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Nominations are now open for PCA National Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for the Palliative Care Australia National Awards, which include three new award categories. The awards are aimed at recognising innovation, teamwork and emerging talent in the palliative care sector by individuals and organisations. Categories for individual awards include: Emerging leader Emerging researcher Excellence in palliative care - rural and remote - [...]

By |2017-06-08T13:44:01+11:00June 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

New online resource supporting palliative care

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 [...]

By |2017-06-07T12:49:24+11:00June 7th, 2017|News|0 Comments

“Super nurse” appointed to palliative care

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has appointed its first Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, who will support people living in residential aged care facilities and the community. New ‘super nurse’ Deborah Maclaren has been appointed to the role and has had plenty of experience in this field, having worked in community health for nearly 20 [...]

By |2017-05-30T18:10:02+11:00May 16th, 2017|News|0 Comments

New resources to help Indigenous Australians broach end of life discussions

A discussion starter about end of life care, specifically developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, was launched today at Parliament House by the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt. Launching the Dying to Talk resources, Minister Wyatt said that starting a discussion about dying is never easy and [...]

By |2017-04-04T17:57:57+11:00April 4th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Aged Care Webinars – Decision Assist

Decision Assist presents a series of webinars to guide you through the fundamentals of advance care planning. Topics include communication, diversity, grief and loss, recognising when a person's condition is changing, and how to assist people with planning for their current and future care. The next one is entitled "George wants resuscitation" and will be [...]

By |2017-02-22T16:05:09+11:00February 15th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Aussies are getting older and the health workforce needs training to reflect it

Deborah Parker, Professor of Nursing Aged Care (Dementia), University of Sydney and Vice President of Palliative Care NSW wrote this article for The Conversation on the need for training for the aged care workforce.   As our population ages and life expectancy increases, the need for comprehensive health and care services for older people becomes greater. Older people access [...]

By |2017-02-02T12:18:19+11:00February 1st, 2017|News|0 Comments