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CareSearch Updates
New CareSearch Portal 3-stage release
Our new CareSearch Portal is coming together quickly. When completed, the portal will be home to a Community Centre, a Centre for Health Professionals, and an Evidence and Translation Centre.  

For stage 1, the CareSearchCommunity will be launched in August 2021. This Centre will house new resources for the community as well as our familiar and trusted information for patients and families.

During Stage 2, we will update and bring across the remaining CareSearch resources - our Health Professional Centre, and the Education and Evidence resources. They will be released as part of the new site in October 2021.

We will then move to finalise Stage 3, an expanded Evidence and Translation Centre updating and redefining our current Finding Evidence and Clinical Evidence resources. This will be released in February 2022. 

So, this coming August, you will have your first experience of the new portal with the release of CareSearchCommunity. From August to October 2021, our content will be on two websites - CareSearchCommunity and the existing CareSearch website, which will continue to provide you with access to our Health Professional, Evidence, and Education resources. We will be providing hyperlinks between the two websites to ensure you move seamlessly between the two sets of resources. But if you do have any trouble accessing or finding resources, please let us know and we will help you locate them.

To mark the launch of CareSearchCommunity, an online event will be held on the 3rd of August 2021 at 10:30 am ACST. You will be able to find out more about the resources and the way we have developed our content. We invite you to come and share the excitement. Email us at for more registration details. 
New palliAGED sections
palliAGED has released new sections for pharmacists and nurses caring for older persons with palliative care needs. The new For Pharmacists section lists resources that are relevant to contemporary Australian pharmacy practice and the potential role of pharmacists in palliative care. The new For Nurses section features resources for best practice palliative care based on the evidence identified and appraised by palliAGED.

Palliative Perspectives Blog

The CareSearch portal: What lies beneath, what lies ahead

CareSearch is currently undertaking a major re-structure to its website. Our Director Professor Jennifer Tieman discusses the main drivers for the redevelopment and how these changes will be implemented over the coming months. Read more.
Palliation from the
PBS Prescriber Bag

Medicines play a central role in keeping people in the terminal phase of their illness at home. Pharmacist and PhD candidate Paul Tait discusses how the PBS prescriber bag could be used by prescribers who conduct home visits for people with palliative care needs. Read more.
Accepting and supporting death in acute care is a needed first step

In a three-part blog series, End-of-Life Care Nurse Practitioner Jeanette Lacey provides insight into her role in improving the quality of care and support to those who die in hospital. Read more.
Latest Evidence
Highlighted reviews
Archer S et al. The impact of digital health interventions on the psychological outcomes of patients and families receiving paediatric palliative care: A systematic review and narrative synthesisPalliat Med. 2021 Jun 23:2692163211026523. doi: 10.1177/02692163211026523.
Beltran SJ, Hamel MN. Caring for dying infants: A systematic review of healthcare providers' perspectives of neonatal palliative careAm J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Aug;38(8):1013-1027. doi: 10.1177/1049909120965949. 

Browne B et al. Defining end of life in dementia: A systematic review. BM Palliat Med. 2021 Jun 17:2692163211025457. doi: 10.1177/02692163211025457.
See all of the latest reviews
Latest Australian research
Lewis ET et al. How do patients with life-limiting illness and caregivers want end-of-life prognostic information delivered? A pilot study. Healthcare (Basel). 2021 Jun 22;9(7):784. doi: 10.3390/healthcare9070784.

Singh GK et al. 
Health professionals' perspectives of the role of palliative care during COVID-19: Content analysis of articles and blogs posted on Twitter. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Jun 30:10499091211024202.

Peisah C et al. The human rights of older people with mental health conditions and psychosocial disability to a good death and dying wellAm J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2021 May 30;S1064-7481(21)00341-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2021.05.015.
See more Australian research

Featured Resource

Providing culturally safe and responsive care
Ensuring cultural safety is a key strategy for reducing inequalities in healthcare access and improving the effectiveness of care for Australia’s first people. The section we co-developed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people representing various health organisations has resources that can help health professionals provide culturally safe and responsive care.
Read more

Community News

Rapid review of the literature: End-of-life care
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) engaged Flinders University's Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying to undertake a rapid review of the literature to provide an update of the current evidence base that could inform a revision of the National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe, high-quality end-of-life care. Recommendations from the study include the need to support Australian hospitals to apply a whole-of-organisation approach to enable quality end-of-life care. 
Feedback on paediatric palliative care paper 
Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is seeking feedback on the Paediatric Palliative Care Discussion Paper to help inform the national action plan. Children, young persons, family members or carers who have experienced or is experiencing paediatric palliative, including health services and interested professionals, are invited to answer the online questionnaire. 

2021 PCA Art Competition 
Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is inviting the public to submit entries to their 2021 Art competition. This year's theme is 'Live as well as possible,' as long as possible and the deadline is on 25 August 2021. 
Read more community news
Upcoming Events
Please note that during the current COVID-19 pandemic some of these events may be postponed or cancelled at short notice. Click on the event to check with the organiser for updates to this information.
Event  Location Date
PCA Oceanic Palliative Care Conference Online 7-10 Sep 2021
17th EAPC World Congress  Online 6-8 Oct 2021
International Public Health Palliative Care Conference Bruges, Belgium 20-23 Oct 2021
LASA National Congress 2021 Adelaide, SA 15-17 Nov 2021
See more Conferences
Event Location Date
Supporting children and adolescents Online 2 Aug 2021
Palliative care: CPD for all nurses seminar Online  26-27 Aug 2021
Palliative care: CPD for all nurses seminar Online 21-22 Oct 2021
Culturally Responsive Palliative Care for Aboriginal People Online  9 and 16 Nov 2021
See more Workshops
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