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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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Last reviewed: August 2020

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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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Children and Grief and Loss

Children grieve in a different way from adults. Grief may affect their behaviour, the way in which they take in information, and their need for support. This will depend on the child or teenager, their age, and their emotional maturity.

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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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Talking Together

Talking Together

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