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EOL Essentials Project News

EDITION 24 - May 2018

What's New in the Project?

Image courtesy of Michael Leunig

Our education pages are being refreshed! Expect some things to look a bit different as we have updated our learning management system, but the content is the same quality resources you have used before, but fresh! If you have any questions please do contact us, we are here to help.

Sector News

  • A new report by the Australian Government Productivity Commission has made recommendations on a variety of human services. Each year, tens of thousands of people who are approaching the end of their life are cared for and die in a place that does not fully reflect their choices or meet their needs. Reforms are needed to significantly expand community-based palliative care services and to improve the standard of end-of-life care in residential aged care facilities. 
  • Are you interested in creating compassionate communities and building death literacy? On June 7-8 2018 The GroundSwell Project will hold a conference to bring together individuals and groups working at the threshold of innovation in the health space, and in community initiatives and who wish to develop the critical awareness and skills in:
    • Community engagement and community development
    • Social networks and capacity building
    • Partnerships and collaboration
    • Evaluating change

Latest Evidence

  • Case fatality after total anterior circulation stroke is high. The objective of this paper was to describe the experiences and needs of patients and caregivers and to explore whether, and how, palliative care should be integrated into stroke care. Major stroke brings the likelihood of death but little preparation. Realistic planning with patients and informal caregivers should be offered, raising the possibility of death or survival with a disability. Practicing the principles of palliative care is needed, but the term 'palliative care' should be avoided or reframed.

    Kendall M, Cowey E, Mead G, et al. Outcomes, experiences and palliative care in major stroke: a multicentre, mixed-method, longitudinal study. CMAJ. 2018 Mar 5;190(9):E238-46. DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.170604
  • End-of-life planning means decision-making with patients, and formulating and recording decisions regarding their end-of-life care. Although clearly linked with benefits including improved quality of life, reduced hospital admissions, and less aggressive medical care, it is still infrequently undertaken and is regarded as challenging by healthcare professionals. The aim of this study was to ascertain the feasibility of improving the identification of patients at high risk of dying in general practice and the acceptability of providing patients identified with an end-of-life planning tool.

    Dunphy EJ, Conlon SC, O’Brien SA, Loughrey E, O’Shea BJ. End-of-life planning with frail patients attending general practice: an exploratory prospective cross-sectional study. Br J Gen Pract. 2016 Sep;66(650):e661-6. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp16X686557. Epub 2016 Jul 18

For your Notice Board

Each month we will feature a fact sheet, a poster or other resource that you can print and share on your notice board or in your tearoom. This month we feature a poster from psychologist Karen Horneffer-Ginter.

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June 2018 

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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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Palliative & Supportive Services
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