183067 - Living Longer, dying better: A framework for palliative care in community-based aged care
This activity has been designed to increase general practitioners (GPs’) capacity to manage the care of older Australians with advanced progressive chronic conditions living in the community including private homes and residential aged care facilities (RACFs).
The activity will cover the contemporary scope of palliative care and how to implement a framework of care based on patient condition. Suggestions on where GPs may access resources and advisory services will also be provided.
In Australia, the demographics of death and the processes preceding it are changing. People are living longer often with multiple chronic conditions and most die expected, rather than sudden, deaths as a result of these conditions. The majority of people report that they would like to die at home, although most die in hospital.
Given that most people die an expected death, it stands to reason that death can be planned for and required care delivered in a pre-emptive fashion.
GPs are optimally placed to deliver this care and are central to its success. Undertaking this learning activity will increase GPs’ capacity to manage proactively and systematically the care of older patients living in the community and, when appropriate, implement safe and effective palliative care based on best practice principles for these patients.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Comprehensive and holistic management plans are developed collaboratively
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices
D4. Professional and ethical role
Duty of care is maintained
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Relevant data is clearly documented, securely stored and appropriately shared for quality improvement
- Care of older people
- Residential care
- Oncology and palliative care
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM)Activity sponsor
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) and Australian Government Department of Health