Symptoms and Medicines: a portal to good quality Australian palliative care medicines information

Paul Tait, Susan Gravier

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


Good symptom management underpins the care of people with palliative care needs who wish to die in their home environment - primary healthcare professionals (PHPs) are well placed to deliver this care. Challenges for PHPs include infrequent and sporadic contact with people with palliative care needs, unique medicines management problems across this vulnerable population and diverse governance structures across primary care organisations.
On the palliAGED website, the “Symptoms and Medicines” pages are a new online repository of good quality palliative care medicines information targeting PHPs. Acknowledging that a number of Australian resources already exist, the “Symptoms and Medicines” pages guide the PHP to the best resource for their needs. The pages are framed within perspective of this vulnerable population: symptoms that are common to the last days of life, and the unique medication management challenges resulting from the loss of the ability to swallow.
The ten “Symptoms and Medicines” pages are curated by a multidisciplinary team, supported by a National Advisory Group, ensuring the resources remain up-to-date and relevant while being hosted by a nationally recognised organisation. Resources include a mix of those with open access and those requiring subscription, guaranteeing that all PHPs can access information to support their needs.
Enabling palliative patients to receive care in their home environment is good public health practice. These online pages provide a helpful portal ensuring PHPs have swift access to a range of good-quality Australian evidence assisting them to deliver palliative care with confidence.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventNational Medicines Symposium 2018 - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 30 May 20181 Jun 2018


ConferenceNational Medicines Symposium 2018


  • Palliative care
  • Aged care
  • symptom management
  • medicines
  • palliAGED
  • terminal care
  • Multidisciplinary team


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