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CareSearch

CareSearch is an online resource designed to help those needing information and resources about palliative care. The website has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

When an illness cannot be cured and death will follow at some point, the focus of care changes to helping people have the best quality of life possible while managing their symptoms. Palliative care maintains quality of life by addressing physical symptoms such as pain or nausea as well as helping with emotional, spiritual and social needs.  

CareSearch has been designed for health professionals and for the people who need palliative care. There are specific information hubs for patients and families, GPs, nurses, and residential aged care.

The information held on the CareSearch website has been developed and reviewed by Australian health professionals to ensure its quality and relevance. As a web-based resource, the CareSearch materials are there when they are needed. Anyone with access to the internet can use the site. The CareSearch website is free to use.

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Last reviewed: April 2017

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National Resources

Links to national pallliative, disease and government organisations

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New South Wales Services

Use these links to find practical support or services in New South Wales (NSW), or to put you in touch with support groups.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Palliative Care Resource Kit

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Palliative Care Resource Kit

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The Role of Health Professionals

Care is often provided by a team. A palliative care team, for example, may include many different healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and social workers.

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Introduction for Families

Introduction for Families provides a helpful guide to key stages along the palliative care pathway. This guide includes information, resources and videos that may be relevant when someone close to you has a life limiting illness. Topics include diagnosis and prognosis, caring and support, final weeks, and grief and bereavement.

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Palliative Sedation

Palliative sedation is regarded as the use of sedation in the terminal phase, for symptoms that are resistant to treatment.

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Disease-Specific Resources

Disease specific resources

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Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies is often used to describe treatments used alongside, or integrated with, evidence-based conventional medical treatments.

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Physiotherapists

Palliative care patients experience high levels of functional disability related to their disease and the impact of its treatments. Impairment of physical function and loss of independence significantly contribute to a decreased quality of life. Goals for physiotherapists working in palliative care should be no different to those working in any field: assessment, goal-setting, choice from a range of treatment modalities, education, establishment of self-run exercise and mobility routines, re-ass

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Talking Together

Talking Together

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