Online resource for end-of-life care
The Federal Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, today launched a new website containing evidence-based medical and practical information to support palliative care to older people at the end of life.
Speaking at a function at Parliament House to mark Palliative Care Week, Mr Wyatt said civilisation can be measured by how it treats its older people.
“This is even more meaningful when it comes to caring for the aged and vulnerable at the concluding stages of their lives,” he said.
“This new online resource, www.palliAGED.com.au, collects under one umbrella a wide range of valuable research data and information.
“palliAGED is funded by the Australian Government and managed by Flinders University through the CareSearch website.
“It features new medications, medical practise, models of care, advice on cultural and other considerations, symptoms and treatment decisions, risk analysis, ways to support people and their families and public and consumer experience.
“All of this will help health professionals, aged care staff, family and friends, to provide the best possible care for older people at the end stage of their life.”
palliAGED lead researcher, Flinders University’s Associate Professor Jennifer Tieman, says it will ensure that evidence-based palliative care guidance reaches the people who need it most.
“This new, easy to access resource provides the key information to ensure our health professionals and aged care workforce can provide quality care for older Australians as they come to the end of their life,” says Associate Professor Tieman.
Deb Parker, Professor of Nursing Aged Care (Dementia) at the University of Technology Sydney, says palliAGED is a critically important resource for people in aged care and their care providers.
“It provides the link between evidence and the care being provided to older Australians,” she said.
In 2016, 15 per cent of the Australian population, or 3.7 million people were aged 65 and over. By 2026, it is estimated that 18 per cent of the population will be aged 65 years and over (5.0 million people) and 2.3 per cent (644,000 people) will be 85 years and over.
palliAGED is free to use and can be accessed at www.palliaged.com.au
25 May 2017.