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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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Assessment and Care Planning are core responsibilities of registered nurses working in aged care facilities. The need for assessment and planning continues for residents who are approaching the end of life.

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About the Hub

About the HUB

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Carer Needs Tool

Carer Tool Introduction

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Supporting Carers

One important aspect of the nurses role in palliative care is that of supporting carers. Carers are those who look after someone at home, and are usually considered informal or lay carers as they are not being paid for what they do.

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Resources for Patients, Carers and Families

There are many palliative care resources for patients and families in different parts of this website. Any of these pages can be printed and read later. They can help you to find resources or services, or information that you can use to have discussions with others about. These pages have information on different topics.

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Many parts of Australia have systems that can help with transport. Disability stickers can also make travelling easier.

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Creating a Caring Environment

Creating a Caring Environment

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It's Not Just Cancer

Palliative care provides support and care for many people with cancer. People living with other diseases are also being offered palliative care services. This may include people who have: Alzheimers' disease, AIDS, Motor Neurone Disease and multiple sclerosis,advanced lung, heart, kidney and liver disease , disabling stroke and other neurological diseases, and dementia.

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Communicating With Health Professionals

During any illness there is the need to talk with health professionals. Talking openly is important. It will lead to a better understanding of the situation and any needs and concerns.

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Financial Matters

When someone has a serious illness there are many financial matters that will need to be discussed. Quite often people find that sorting out finances and money matters reduces worry.

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