Educational resources

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As the number of ageing Australians with progressive chronic conditions increases, aged care workers, general practitioners and nurses face complex clinical, legal and ethical challenges in the provision of safe, high quality, coordinated and timely palliative care to older Australians living in the community.

Decision Assist helps link those managing these challenges to a range of educational opportunities and resources, specifically tailored to their professional needs.

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    Clinical links

    CareSearch (Flinders University)

    Combining the information contained in a range of core clinical documents into a single gateway - supporting fast and reliable access to evidence to inform your clinical practice.

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    CareSearch website

    CareSearch

    The CareSearch website provides trustworthy information about palliative care and advance care planning for patients, carers and families as well as for the health professionals providing their care.

  • Education & Training

    Rural and Remote Medical Education Online

    The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

    The College’s Online Learning platform - Rural and Remote Medical Education Online (RRMEO) provides whole-of-career support for Australian medical practitioners. The system is easy to use, and is continually being reviewed and revised. Innovations, such as Tele-Derm and 150 Shades of Radiology, help users keep pace with the demands of the medical profession.

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    gplearning - RACGP’s online portal

    The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

    gplearning is the RACGP’s online portal that provides general practice education. These education modules provide support to GPs caring for the palliative needs of older patients in the community and residential aged care.

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    Palliative Care Australia

    Palliative Care Australia

    Find support, services, policy information, publications and other resources about palliative care.

  • Education & Training

    Palliative Care Online Training course

    Various

    Helping health professionals providing palliative care to aged persons in the community to implement the principles of the Guidelines in their practice. This project is funded by the Department of Health and is developed jointly between Silver Chain, AHHA, Just Health Consultants, e3Learning and the DeathTalker; Molly Carlile.

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    Culturally appropriate palliative care - kit

    National Palliative Care Program and Australian Government Department of Health

    Online resource kit providing strategies and training material to support staff in mainstream health services to provide culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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    Palliative Care Needs Assessment Guidelines

    Girgis A, Johnson C, Currow D, Waller A, Kristjanson L, Mitchell G, Yates P, Neil A, Kelly B, Tattersall M, Bowman D

    These guidelines are intended to provide guidance to those caring for people with a life-limiting illness and their families, to ensure that they are offered the most appropriate care to meet their specific needs. They cover all aspects of patient, caregiver and primary health care provider characteristics that may influence the decision to provide more specialist palliative care to a particular patient or family.

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    A palliative approach for aged care in the community setting

    Australian Government Department of Health

    Guidelines and information on advance care planning and directives, symptom assessment and management, psycho-social care and spiritual support.

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    Pain assessment, management and initiating opioids

    Decision Assist

    Dr Greg Parker is the acting Director of the Metro South Palliative Care Service in Brisbane and is a member of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine Committee and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. In this video, Greg provides information for GPs about management of pain at the end-of-life for palliative patients.

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    Introduction to management of delirium in palliative care

    Decision Assist

    This video, presented by Dr Will Cairns, provides information for GPs about management of delirium for patients in a palliative care setting.

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    Introduction to management of nausea and vomiting in palliative care

    Decision Assist

    In this video, Lawrie Palmer (Palliative Medicine Specialist at Modbury Hospital, Medical Head of Unit for Northern Adelaide Palliative Service and Senior Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Southern Adelaide) presents an introduction for GPs to the management of nausea and vomiting in patients in a palliative care environment.