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EOL Essentials Project News

EDITION 28 - September 2018

What's New in the Project?

For health professionals in rural and remote Australia who face challenges in accessing education, our eLearning meets many educational needs around end-of-life care.

Data from the first year of our project (2016/2017) shows that professionals who live in outer regional and remote Australia are more likely to complete all six End-of-Life Essentials modules compared to professionals who live in urban areas of Australia.

We strive to produce quality peer-reviewed and evidence-based resources for professionals who live across Australia, and it is terrific to know that professionals who live in areas where there are fewer opportunities for education are completing all of our education. 

Register or return to End-of-Life Essentials anytime for free access to all the learning modules with resources, videos and quizzes. 

Sector News

  • The roles of clinicians and patients in defining what constitutes a quality dying experience has received less attention than issues like euthanasia and assisted death. Which parts of dying, if any, should be medicalised and why? What do patients and clinicians need to know about dying and why? The AMA Journal of Ethics explores these and other questions in their August issue.

Latest Evidence

  • Healthcare professionals working in hospitals are likely to care for people in their last year of life, many of whom will be at high risk of adverse events. The management of medicines forms a large part of the care of this population. The interdisciplinary healthcare team can identify patients who are near the end of their life and, in partnership with the patient (or substitute decision maker) and family, plan to achieve their goals of care.

    Tait PA, Pirone C, To TH. Providing high‐quality pharmaceutical care for the dying older person in hospital. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. 2018 Jun;48(3):291-7.
  • Latest clinical guidelines for the management of heart failure (HF) have just been released and include palliative care recommendations. These guidelines focus on the diagnosis and management of HF with recommendations graded on the strength of evidence and the likely absolute benefit versus harm.

For your Notice Board

Each month we will feature a fact sheet, poster or other resource to print out. This poster outlines 10 scientific reasons why compassion is great medicine, thanks to Hearts in Healthcare

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October 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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