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EOL Essentials Project News


Welcome to the March edition of End-of-Life Essentials news, keeping you informed with what’s happening in the project and end-of-life care. 

What’s New in the Project?

• Sector News

• Latest Evidence

• For Your Notice Board

• Next Newsletter

What's New in the Project?

UPDATE: We're delighted to announce we've now received over 3000 registrations! Thank you to all our learners for helping us reach this milestone. Register now if you'd like to join them.
Closed captions on our videos are not just beneficial for those who are hard of hearing or who have English as a second language, captions enable you to watch videos: 
  • In noisy environments such as on public transport
  • When exercising
  • When you don’t have headphones handy 

To turn on closed captions on a smartphone or tablet:

  1. While watching the video, tap the screen
  2. Tap the speech bubble icon to open the Audio & Subtitles menu
  3. Choose the ‘English’ closed caption option - not ‘Auto’
  4. If you are viewing the videos in Vimeo, tap the CC icon located on the bottom right of the screen
To turn on closed captions on a desktop computer:
  1. While the video is playing, hover the mouse pointer anywhere over the video to display the playbar
  2. Click on the CC icon located on the bottom right of the screen
  3. If you are viewing the videos in Vimeo, click the CC icon located on the bottom right of the screen

Click here to register and watch videos.    

Sector News

The Dementia Guide aims to be an important resource for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia or has been impacted by the disease. It will address all types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular or mixed dementia, and issues for people of all ages.

The latest Closing the Gap report shows Indigenous mortality rate from cancer is rising and the gap is widening.

Latest Evidence

Each month we will feature a few articles that cover topics relevant to end-of-life care in hospitals:

  • This BMJ article discusses how to best support family members, caregivers, and those close to the patient at the end of a patient’s life. While the focus is on the hospital setting, the principles are applicable to community and home care settings.
  • A Study from Victoria shows that consideration and documentation about treatment plans are needed early in an admission to avoid burdensome and futile resuscitation events.
  • An Australian systematic review aims to describe the range of decision aids available to enable informed choice for older patients at the end of life and assess their effectiveness or acceptability.

For your Notice Board

Each month we will feature a fact sheet, a poster or other resources that you can print and share on your notice board or in your tearoom. This month we highlight 'Responding to difficult questions' from the Hospice Foundation of Ireland.  

Next Newsletter
April 2017 

The End-of-Life Essentials News is distributed on the first Wednesday of each month.

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End-of-Life Essentials is based on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care, and the Commission provides ongoing advice to the project.

End-of-Life Essentials is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health
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