Aged Care Project
Aged Care Project Information
Aim of Project
Develop sustainable strategies for specialist palliative care services in the Southern Metropolitan Region to support Residential Aged Care Facilities to meet the needs of residents in a palliative approach to care.
The SMRPCC Aged Care Project was commenced in 2010 when the consortium allocated resources to promote activities across the region to support ACF's in implementing a palliative approach to care.
The project is further supported by State Government funding allocated to the Consortia to support Aged Care Facilities in line with Strategic direction 3: Working together to ensure people die in their place of choice Strengthening palliative care; Policy and strategic directions 2011-2015 Implementation strategy
An Advisory Committee was established in the initial stages of the project . Members included key stakeholders from Aged Care Facility Providers (Public and Private) Peak Bodies and Specialist Palliative Care Providers. This committee contributed for over 3 years to the project and provided direction and development of the model with combined sharing of experience, knowledge and skills. Over the life of the Advisory Group there were several changes of membership due to attrition and changing needs and we acknowledge the contribution that these members made in steering the project.
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The Palliative Approach Toolkit was developed by the QUT/Blue Cross Research and Development Unit through DOHA funding under the Evidence Based Practice in RAC round of funding. This initial project was completed in 2010.The toolkit aligns with current evidence based material and provides a framework for implementation of a palliative approach in RAC. (See link below to Deb Parker's presentation).
SMRPCC identified the value of the Toolkit as a framework for ACF's to implement a Palliative Approach and collaboration with QUT/Brisbane South Palliative Care Services Managers provided training for Link Nurses from 23 facilities across the Southern Region in October 2012.
In 2012 Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative received DOHA Funding to 'roll out' the Palliative Toolkit Nationally to 1,000 facilities and this rollout commenced in Victoria in October 2013. The SMRPCC offerred further training across the region and 52 facilities attended this training. Overall the Consortium has supported training for 71 facilities across the region.
The key to success for implementation is identifying and training Aged Care Link Nurses who have a role of influencing and driving change within RACFs, alongside supportive Management, to imbed processes that support a palliative approach to care.
- A Link Nurse Network has been established to share ideas and resources across ACFs
- Linkages with Key Stakeholders to ensure shared resources and common goals and identify activities that support implementation of the processes
- Ongoing training on Palliative Approach Toolkit is planned for facilities across the Southern Region and expressions of interest
- The website will continue to post relevant links, resources and information
Associate Professor Deborah Parker
SMR Consortium Newsletter
Please click on the following links to view SMR Consortium Residential Aged Care Newsletters
Caring for people with dementia: New resources released for National Palliative Care Week
Dementia is an irreversible, progressive neurological condition that is caused by a number of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. Over time, dementia leads to progressive memory loss and confusion, loss of independence, communication difficulties, behavioural changes, and eventually, death.
CareSearch palliative care knowledge network has developed a suite of free online resources that will benefit health professionals and residential aged care staff, plus the patients, residents, and their families who are affected by dementia. The resources, released as part of National Palliative Care Week, are available at the following website:
Caresearch Australia’s free online palliative care knowledge network
Guide to Services for People with Dementia and Their Carers
The Ageing and Aged Care Branch, Department of Health has developed A guide to services for people with dementia and their carers. This initiative was in collaboration with RDNS and a wide range of program managers and practitioners. It is a companion document to Strengthening assessment and care planning: dementia practice guidelines for HACC assessment services.
The Guide will be available on the HACC website
Caresearch Residential Aged Care Hub
Staff and residents now have access to high quality online palliative care information to support end-of-life care in residential aged care facilities.
CareSearch, the trustworthy palliative care website that hosts the Nurses Hub and GP Hub, is excited to announce the launch of the brand new Residential Aged Care Hub!
The new RAC[HUB] is specifically designed to meet the end-of-life information needs of those working and living in residential aged care, and was launched on Friday 12th October by Australia’s Ambassador for Ageing, Noeline Brown, with a short statement from the Hon Mark Butler, MP, Federal Minister for Ageing.
The launch of the RAC[HUB] was part of the international activities celebrating World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. The theme for 2012 is “Living to the end: Palliative care for an ageing population”.
The new RAC[HUB] is available now here and is free to use, 24/7.
Read the latest Caresearch Newsletter
| WHAT:|| Workshops in the Palliative Approach 2014|
| WHEN: || 11 & 18 February
| FURTHER INFORMATION: ||
| WHAT:|| Health professional and community education programs |
| WHEN: || 2013
| FURTHER INFORMATION: || Alzheimer’s Australia|