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165786 - Tackling aging and life limiting illnesses: Helping our patients to make the most of life

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This workshop aims to update GPs who refer to East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) hospitals with a focus on older adults. Discussions will be on the latest assessment and management of a range of common conditions and pathways for referral using presentations, case study discussions, quizzes and a workshop to improve the way we work together to deliver optimal care.

Relevance to General Practice

EMHS is committed to improving the interface between GPs and hospital services to enhance patient care. Awareness of the available interventions and services will lead to earlier intervention and improved transition of care. The Sustainable Health Review noted the importance of seamless transition of care between general practice and hospital settings.(1) Integrated Care is a key concept in contemporary health service delivery; upskilling GPs in processes that lead to improved patient care and patient experience is timely(2). One of these is Advance Care Planning, for which uptake is lower in WA than in other states (3). 
1. Sustainable Health review interim report Jan 2018 
2. What works in implementation of integrated care programs for older adults with complex needs? A realist review International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 2017, 29(5), 612–624 
3. 2.4.1 MY LIFE, MY CHOICE The Report of the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices August 2018, page 41

Learning outcomes
  • Summarise the investigation of delirium and dementia, when to refer and to whom.
  • Describe clinical advice and referral options for GPs to assist in keeping the frail older adult at home.
  • Outline the assessment and management of common chronic conditions affecting older adults.
  • Describe how Goals of Patient Care may help inform end-of-life planning in primary care.
  • Discuss the benefits of HealthPathways guidelines for assessing, managing and referring patients.
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