New approaches to connecting Allied Health with palliative care information

Susan Gravier, Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Jennifer Tieman, Virginia Lewis

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Abstract

Allied health describes a diverse group of health care professionals with distinct skill sets and approaches to care, all of whom support people to optimise health and function to achieve quality of life. This is particularly relevant to people with a life-limiting illness and for whom care is palliative with an emphasis on quality of life. CareSearch develops and provides online access to evidence-based information and resources in palliative care. The resources are relevant across the life course, across the system and across individual roles. The aim is to support everyone to make informed decisions in palliative care. We recognise that information requirements of health professionals will differ according to roles and training. Responding to this, and in collaboration with the sector, an allied health section was added to the CareSearch website in 2013. While it is regularly reviewed, we are aware that providing access to information is often of itself not enough. To address this, a framework has been developed to guide engagement with individual sectors to learn of their usual information channels, the preferred formats of that information, and the specific nature of needed information with respect to palliative care. In 2018 we held a workshop with members of the allied health sector and guided by the framework embarked on the Engagement Project. We present our findings and discuss how this has shaped subsequent activities to better connect the allied health sector with evidence-based information that is relevant to their needs and those of the people they support.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019
EventOceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 10 Sep 201913 Sep 2019
https://palliativecare.org.au/oceanic-palliative-care-conference (Conference link)

Conference

ConferenceOceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019
Abbreviated title19OPCC
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityPerth
Period10/09/1913/09/19
OtherThe 3-day event will explore palliative care as a human right and discuss what can be done to ensure that people from underserved populations have access to appropriate palliative care when and where they need it.

Our world-class line-up of keynote speakers, panellists and presenters have extensive experience to both inform and inspire the audience and open their minds to the possibilities of the future.

With attendees from across the palliative care sector, 19OPCC will attract the decision makers of today, the future leaders of tomorrow and prominent research and policy influencers shaping the way we think about palliative care across our region.

You will also hear from those at the coalface of palliative care service delivery, who are driving change to try and help people diagnosed with a life‑limiting illness live as well as possible, regardless of their postcode, diagnosis, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status or place of care.

Come and meet more than 900 clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, and carers and more who all have a passion for palliative care. Our world-class line-up of keynote speakers, panellists and presenters have extensive experience to both inform and inspire the audience and open their minds to the possibilities of the future.
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Keywords

  • Palliative care
  • Allied health
  • quality of life (QoL)
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Decision-making
  • online resources
  • CareSearch

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