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Diverse populations and palliative care  |  Answering your questions   LGBTIQ+ communities and implications for palliative care

Diverse populations and palliative care

Death is a reality of life. When it comes to processing and coping with death, different groups may have varying needs and concerns. Health professionals need to be aware of these differences in order to provide appropriate care and support for their clients. Quality palliative care takes into account the cultural and spiritual needs of different groups.

Community members need to know where to find support and resources that can help.

Health professionals need to be aware of these differences in order to provide appropriate care and support for their clients. 

Visit the Community Centre's Diversity Hub sections for Individuals and Health professionals to learn more and find useful resources. Click here to learn more about the significance of diverse populations and palliative care.

Answering Your Questions: Ageing and aged care

In this entry we cover questions relating to the availability of resources to assist with medication management for aged care residents at different stages of palliation, residents cared for in rural and remote facilities, and to support specialist palliative care engagement with residential age care. Read more.

Updated My Learning module released

As part of the CareSearch Portal Project we are updating the My Learning Modules about finding and using evidence in practice. Today we have added My Learning: Finding Clinical Guidance to the list of currently available modules and will continue to add other titles across the month of November. Learn more.

Remuneration for palliative care

The diverse palliative care needs of patients requires support from a range of health professionals. CareSearch has prepared up-to-date summaries of MBS Remuneration for palliative care relevant services to assist with providing this care in the community. You can also find summaries of planned general practice palliative care pathways with relevant MBS items indicated.

Diversity in LGBTIQ+ communities and implications for palliative care

National Palliative Care Project Coordinator at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia Hannah Morgan sheds light on issues and considerations surrounding palliative care within various LGBTIQ+ communities. Read more.

Connecting culturally diverse Australians to palliative care information

CEO at Multicultural Communities Council of SA Helena Kyriazopoulos outlines the importance of multicultural awareness for the field of palliative care, as well as resources diverse communities can rely on for information and guidance. Read more.

Highlighted reviews

Cripe LD et al. Goals of care communication and higher-value care for patients with advanced-stage cancer: A systematic review of the evidence. Patient Education and Counselling. Sept 2021. 

George LS et al. Interventions to improve prognostic understanding in advanced stages of life-limiting illness: A systematic review. Journal of Pain Symptom Management. Sept 2021.

Miller EM, Porter JE, Barbagallo MS. The experiences of health professionals, patients, and families with truth disclosure when breaking bad news in palliative care: A qualitative meta-synthesis.  Palliative and Supportive Care. Sept 2021.

  See all latest reviews 

Latest Australian research

Dolan H et al. Virtual care in end of life and palliative care: A rapid evidence check. J Telemed Telecare. Dec 2021.

Haydon HM et al. Enhancing a community palliative care service with telehealth leads to efficiency gains and improves job satisfaction. J Telemed Telecare. Dec 2021.

Spelten ER et al. Making community palliative and end-of-life care sustainable; investigating the adaptability of rural Australian service provision. Health Soc Care Community. Nov 2021.

Hudson P et al. Reframing palliative care to improve the quality of life of people diagnosed with a serious illness. Med J Aust. Nov 2021.

  See more Australian research 

Australian Association of Gerontology Conference
9-12 November 2021
The State of Palliative Care Symposium
23 November 2021
Hobart, Tasmania 
Palliative Care Nurses Australia Conference
1-4 May 2022
Online .
Aged and Community Services Australia Conference
2-5 May 2022

  See more conferences  
Culturally Responsive Palliative Care for Aboriginal People
9 and 16 November 2021

Gwandalan Palliative Care Workshop
9 November 2021
South Brisbane

PCRN Forum: Partnering With Consumers to Improve Palliative Care
25 November 2021

  See more workshops  

New release of AIHW data on palliative care services

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released their latest online report of available data for palliative care services in Australia.

New MBS item for allied health case conferencing

Effective from November 1st, 2021 allied health professionals will be reimbursed through Medicare for taking part in case conferences to support people with chronic diseases. This includes case conferences in the community and residential aged care.

 Read more sector news 
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