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CareSearch is an online resource providing trustworthy information and resources about palliative care across the life course, across the system and across the community. The information held on the CareSearch website has been developed and reviewed by Australian health professionals to ensure its quality and relevance.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, CareSearch was developed by the CareSearch Project Team at Flinders University, South Australia. They have been providing evidence based information on palliative care for the Australian community since 2008.

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. Having trustworthy information to support decision-making at this time is important because death and dying will affect all of us.

Vision and mission

To ensure everyone receiving or providing palliative care has access to trustworthy evidence-informed information to support person-centred decision-making and the transition to palliative care.

How CareSearch can help

The CareSearch Project consolidates online palliative care knowledge for health professionals, people needing palliative care and their families, and for the general community.

All content is open access. There are specific sections written for patients and families, GPs, nurses, and allied health professionals. Additional support for those caring for older people can be found on the palliAGED website.

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Last reviewed: September 2021

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Communicating With Health Professionals - Why is Communication Important? - Living with Illness - Patients and Carers - Community

Don't be afraid to ask questions about palliative care. When you are ill you need to talk with health professionals. Talking openly is important.

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Talking Together - The Care Journey - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Care - Health Professionals

Establishing respectful relationships. When a good relationship has been established between you and another person, everything else will flow much more easily.

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Living with Life-limiting Illness

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Responding to Strong Emotions - Working with Patients, Carers and Families - Allied Health - Health Professionals

Managing emotions. Palliative and end-of-life care can be challenging as patients and families find themselves in new and different circumstances.

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Goals of Care / Planning and Coordinating Care / Nurses / Health Professionals

Goals of Care

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People - Diverse Populations - Diversity - Community

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are more likely to have serious chronic health conditions including kidney disease, and coronary heart disease than non-indigenous Australians.

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Medicines Management - Clinical Care - Nurses - Health Professionals

The Nurses role in medications management. Managing medicaines is core business for palliative care. The management of medicines is a problem.

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Sources of Information - Using Online Information - Patients and Carers - Community

Finding reliable information to make important decisions. The source or where information comes from matters. Here we provide some tips because when information is used to guide decisions about your health it is important that it is accurate and based on fact.

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Spiritual Care - Clinical Care - Nurses - Health Professionals

Making sense of life towards the end. Spirituality is a universal human expression. It is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose.

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What to Say - Supporting Carers - How to Care - Patients and Carers - Community

Talking with someone who has a terminal illness. Knowing what to say, and not to say, can help with difficult conversations when someone you know is dying. Here we provide some tips.

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