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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. This has been recognised with HONcode certification.

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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  • Call (08) 7221 8233 Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST
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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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Multimedia - Patients and Carers - Community

Listen in your language to learn about palliative care. These videos and podcasts in different languages have been developed by the CareSearch project and our partners to provide an overview of palliative care.

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Continuing to Work - Living with Illness - Patients and Carers - Community

Work can help you to keep your sense of identity with a life-limiting illness. Being seriously ill can mean you lose control, independence and the sense of feeling normal. This can also be true for your Carer.

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Managing Daily Life - How to Care - Patients and Carers - Community

Accepting help as a carer can help you to cope. Caring for someone who is seriously ill can be demanding. Having help with basic tasks like shopping, housework, or gardening can help you to cope.

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Would It Help to Talk To Someone? - Emotional Challenges - Living with Illness - Patients and Carers - Community

Finding the right person to talk to is important with a life-limiting illness. There will often be people around you at this time. This may be your family and friends

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Changes Over Time - Living with Illness - Patients and Carers - Community

What to expect with a life-limiting illness. As your illness progresses there will be changes. This will include changes in your treatment and care.

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Patients and Carers - Community

Patients and carers need information. Experiencing a need for palliative care can be overwhelming and stressful. Access to information you can trust is important.

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COVID-19 - Patients and Carers - Community

Coronavirus COVID-19 and palliative care information and resources for patients, carers and families.

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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse - Diverse Populations - Diversity - Community

The Australian population includes many people that were born overseas or have a parent born overseas or speak a variety of languages. The term used to describe these communities with diverse background and cultural traditions is ‘culturally and linguistically diverse’ (CALD).

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Young Carers - How To Care - Patients and Carers - Community

Taking on the carer role under the age of 25. A young carer is a child or young person who provides care when a parent or other family member becomes ill. Here we look at what you might have to do and where you can get help.

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