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palliAGED is a national online evidence-based guidance and knowledge resource developed to support people providing palliative care and care at the end of life for older people. The aim of palliative care is to help people live their life comfortably and as fully as possible by supporting their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Support for family and carers is also part of palliative care.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, palliAGED was developed by the CareSearch Project Team at Flinders University, South Australia, and launched in 2017.

This updated resource consolidates and replaces the information contained in the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care (APRAC) and the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting (COMPAC). palliAGED is based on a robust quality process to ensure the trustworthiness of the information and collaboration with the aged care sector to ensure relevance. Since 2019, practice resources have been developed for and with the aged care workforce.

Vision and mission

To provide evidence-based information to the aged care workforce, and older Australians seeking information about palliative care.

How palliAGED can help

palliAGED community resources provide information on palliative care and end-of-life care and on services and resources that can help the person and their families. Additional support for care of people of all ages can be found on the CareSearch website.

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Last reviewed: December 2023

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Cognitive Issues

Cognitive Issues Evidence Summary

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Caring for Carers

Carers can be a friend, neighbour, extended family, spouse, sibling, child, or parent. Caring for someone with a serious illness can change your life in different ways. It can be both rewarding and sometimes overwhelming. Making time for yourself is important.

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For Pharmacists

Find support for the role of pharmacists in palliative care and aged care, including resources that can support practice in Australia.

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Thinking About Aged Care

Planning for care needs. Planning for care needs when more care is needed, aged care services can be important. You will need to learn about the different types of aged care services that are available and what is involved in accessing them.

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Keeping their memory alive after death. Following a death, you may spend time to reflect and acknowledge the person’s life. In this way the person who has died will still have a voice, a story, or a connection that remains with you.

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Building Trust

What should I ask? When people have experienced discrimination in their past, it may be hard to trust health care professionals or organisations when accessing palliative care. To get started here we list some resources that can be useful for everyone as well as resources developed for specific population groups.

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Illness and Family Caring

When you or someone you care for has palliative care needs it can be an uncertain and stressful time. Knowing what to expect and what you can do helps. This can also be true at the end of life without a life-limiting illness.

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Anxiety can be a natural response to approaching death, which can be exacerbated by an underlying anxiety disorder or result from newly emerging symptoms such as delirium, pain or dyspnoea.

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Complementary Therapies

Many people use complementary therapies in palliative care. 'Complementary therapies’ describes treatments that are used alongside conventional medical treatments.

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