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EOL Essentials Project News


Welcome to the December 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?

All six modules are now available!

Tips on managing conflict:

Start with a non-judgemental
mind set

Reframe emotional issues

Learn more on effective teamwork with us.

In Module 5 you can learn more about the importance of teamwork.  

Effective teamwork encompasses leadership, clear goals, clear roles, trust, respect and a cultural readiness to allow patients to steer their care.  

However, sometimes things don’t go well in teams and this can greatly affect patient care.  

Learning about the best way to approach conflict is of benefit to everyone in the team.  

Learn more here.    

Sector News

Many Australians don't plan or think about dying.
The GroundSwell Project is a not for profit organisation who promote resilience and wellbeing in response to end-of-life issues and to encourage people to build their death literacy.

Their website outlines facts such as:
  • Why do doctors die differently and how exactly?
'While it may seem scary to think about your own mortality, becoming death literate and building your capacity for end-of-life planning can help create healthier community attitudes about death.'

Latest Evidence

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

  • Hosker CM, Bennett MI. Delirium and agitation at the end of life. BMJ. 2016 Jun 9;353:i3085.
    Delirium is common in the last weeks or days of life. It can be distressing for patients and those around them. Successful management involves excluding reversible causes of delirium and balancing drugs that may provoke or maintain delirium while appreciating that most patients want to retain clear cognition at the end of life.
  • Henson LA, Higginson IJ, Daveson BA et al. ‘I'll be in a safe place’: a qualitative study of the decisions taken by people with advanced cancer to seek emergency department care. BMJ open. 2016 Nov 1;6(11): e012134.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012134.

    Understanding what influences people with advanced cancer to seek emergency department (ED) care is key to developing initiatives aimed at reducing high attendance. This qualitative interview study explores the decision-making process of people with advanced cancer and their caregivers to seek ED care.

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 'A better way to care for patients with delirium' poster (106kb pdf) from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in health care. 

Next Newsletter
February 2017 

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

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support this year, and extend our very best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season.

Our office will be closed from noon Friday 23 December and will re-open on Tuesday 10 January 2017, but our online education never closes! 

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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