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EOL Essentials Project News


Welcome to the April edition of End-of-Life Essentials Project news. This newsletter aims to keep you informed with what’s happening in the project and, in end-of-life care.

What's New in the Project?

The End-of-Life Essentials Project

Many Australians will receive care at some point during the last year of their life in a hospital and many of these people will end up dying in hospital. The End-of-Life Essentials project provides e-learning modules and implementation resources for hospital clinicians. Designed for nurses, doctors and allied health working in any acute care practice setting, these modules look at end-of-life care. The package has been prepared by the palliative care team at Flinders University. It is free to use and can be easily accessed from anywhere in Australia.

You can find out more at our interim webpages. A new website is coming. It will be released in late April.

Defining end-of-life

End-of-Life Essentials challenges health care professionals to consider end-of-life as the period when a patient is living with, and impaired by a fatal condition, even if the trajectory is uncertain or unknown. This period may be 12 months or more before death. Clinical opportunities are optimised at 12 months before death allowing planning for quality of end-of-life care and time to engage in meaningful conversations that allow for patients and their family to discuss their preferences.

Sector News

Health Care Homes

Chronically ill patients will receive tailored health services under a trial which allows patients with multiple chronic illnesses to nominate a GP practice as their "home base". This practice would then coordinate a healthcare package tailored to their conditions. Medicare payments for general practitioners to coordinate the packages will be paid quarterly.

Advance CPR Decision Making in the Hospital Setting

The WA Department of Health has just released the Advance CPR decision-making in the hospital setting teaching package. The resources were developed by a team of Australian clinicians and aim to help doctors and medical students have conversations with patients and families about the expected benefits and potential harms of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Latest Evidence

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

For Your Notice Board

Each month we will feature a fact sheet, a poster or other resource that you can print and share on you notice board or in your tea room. This month we highlight the End-of-life Care and the NSQHS Standards factsheet which outlines the links between the Consensus Statement and the NSQHS Standards.

Next Newsletter

May 2016

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