The changing nature of palliative care: Implications for allied health professionals’ educational and training needs

Deidre Morgan, Deb Rawlings, Carly Moores, Lizzie Button, Jennifer Tieman

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CareSearch is an Australian Government Department of Health funded repository of evidence-based palliative care information and resources. The CareSearch Allied Health Hub was developed in 2013 to support all allied health professionals working with palliative care clients in all clinical settings. This cross-sectional online survey sought to elicit allied health professionals palliative care experiences and subsequent considerations for educational and clinical practice needs. The survey was disseminated nationally via a range of organisations. Data was collected about palliative care knowledge, experience working with palliative care clients and professional development needs.Data were evaluated by profession, experience and practice setting. In total, 217 respondents answered one or more survey questions (94%). Respondents (65%) reported seeing>15 palliative care clients per month with 84% seen in hospital and community settings. Undergraduate education under prepared or partially prepared allied health professionals to work with these clients (96%) and 67% identified the need for further education. Access to postgraduate professional development was limited by available back fill and funding. Study findings support the importance of free, accessible, relevant educational and professional development resources to support clinical practice. This is particularly relevant for allied health professionals who have limited opportunities to attend formal professional development sessions
Original languageEnglish
Article number112
Number of pages9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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  • Allied health
  • Palliative care
  • Education
  • Training
  • Education/training


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