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Resources for Palliative Care

  • Guidelines of how palliative care services are accessed
  • Lists of where information, education and community connections can be found
  • Describes how respite can be provided through volunteers and other support networks including counselling and care and where to find these
  • Explains where equipment for caring for an older person at home can be found
  • Provides a guideline on how to complain if dissatisfaction occurs within the health-care system

This chapter gives a general overview of the resources that are available to assist older people who are approaching the ends of their lives, and those who care for them (family members, other carers and members of aged care teams). Because the availability of resources differs from place to place, readers are encouraged to seek further details about resources in their own local areas as well as this chapter.

Contents include

  • Specialist palliative care services
  • Information and education
  • Community connections
  • Respite
  • Volunteers
  • Pastoral care and counselling
  • Bereavement care
  • Dementia support
  • Government benefits
  • Equipment
  • Complaints
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Aged Care Palliative Care Consultant, RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci (adv.nsg) Grad Dip Geront. Nsg, B Theol, M Theol, PhD,FRCNA, FAAG
Dr Rosalie Hudson's varied nursing career is focused on aged care, dementia care and palliative care. As a consultant nurse educator, with qualifications in theology, she explores end-of-life issues for older people; as an author, teacher and associate professor with the University of Melbourne, she seeks to raise the profile of gerontic nursing. Rosalie has had twelve years of experience as a director of nursing of a 50-bed nursing home, as well as extensive experience in community nursing practice.
Palliative Care
Professor Margaret O’Connor is the inaugural Professor of Nursing at Swinburne University in Melbourne. Prior to this she was the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing at Monash University, where she established and led a successful Palliative Care Research Team. Margaret’s research has been widely published, concentrating on models of palliative care , issues of culture and the end of life needs of particular population groups. From 2006 to 2011 Margaret served as the President of Palliative Care Australia and in 2005 she was made a member of the Order of Australia for h...

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