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EOL Essentials Project News

EDITION 23 - April 2018

What's New in the Project?

Are you a ‘Champion’ working to improve end-of-life care in your hospital? Does your role involve educating others, coordinating or clinical leadership around end-of-life care? Do you share our resources or advocate our project at work? We’d like to hear from you!
We are wanting to know how we can support you, put you in touch with other 'Champions' to share ideas and plan resources to make your work easier.

Sector News

  • If you were unable to speak for yourself, who would you want to speak for you? And more importantly, what health care decisions would you want them to make? During National Advance Care Planning Week, 16-22 April, all Australians are encouraged to discuss their future health care preferences with their loved ones. 
  • Are death and dying changing in the 21st century? Is how we think about death changing? Be challenged by joining Dying2Learn, a Massive Open Online Course that is looking at death and dying in a different way and will help you to:    
    • think about the language we use when we talk about dying
    • learn about how and what people die from now
    • find out how art, music, and media have shaped our ideas on death
    • discover what happens in the digital world when we die  

Latest Evidence

  • High-quality end-of-life care can help people who are facing progressive life-threatening and life-limiting illness, and those dear to them, by focusing on their quality of life and addressing the problems associated with their situation. This paper draws attention to the scale of the challenge, some of the key areas we could address and the shifts in culture, mindset and leadership approach that are needed.

    Wee B. End of life care: how do we move forward? J R Coll Physicians Edinb. 2017 Dec;47(4):369-373. doi: 10.4997/JRCPE.2017.415
  • Relatives are an important resource for the care of patients with dementia in hospitals. They provide necessary information about the patient and can support the patient's care. Simultaneously, they are themselves vulnerable, having specific needs and experiences. This synthesis of qualitative studies contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of recent study findings.

    Melanie Burgstaller, Hanna Mayer, Cornel Schiess, Susi Saxer. Experiences and needs of relatives of people with dementia in acute hospitals—A meta‐synthesis of qualitative studies. J Clin Nurs. 2018 Feb;27(3-4):502-515. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13934. 

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 an infographic from the Dying2Learn Massive Open Online Course.

Next Newsletter
May 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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