Caring at home website launched

The new website caring@home aims to improve the quality of palliative care service delivery across Australia by developing resources that will support people to be cared for and to die at home if that is their choice.

The national project has been funded by the Australian Government, and is producing resources for community service providers, health care professionals and carers to support carers to help manage breakthrough symptoms safely in community-based palliative care patients using subcutaneous medicines. The resources will be applicable in all jurisdictions across Australia from November on the newly-launched caring@home

Professor Liz Reymond, Palliative Medicine Consultant, Deputy Director, Metro South Palliative Care Service, Metro South Health and Project Director of caring@home, says that one of the most frequent reasons that community-based palliative patients must be transferred to inpatient units is because their symptoms cannot be adequately controlled at home.

“Apart from unwanted admissions and associated unnecessary healthcare costs, failure to achieve timely and effective control of symptoms has enormous consequences resulting in tremendous distress to patients, carers and community service providers alike,” Professor Reymond said.

Education and training resources will be available online from November 2018 including:

  • state and territory-specific guidelines for the safe handling of medicines in the community
  • updated education resources for carers, including translation of select resources into five most-common languages
  • education for medical professionals
  • workshop content for health care professionals.

caring@home is a three-year project being conducted by a consortium led by Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative.

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