149372 - Palliative Care- Pain, Symptoms, Services and Support 2019
The provision of palliative care is a significant challenge for general practice.
Care setting, stage of illness and patient preferences all add to the complexity of effective management. It is clear that appropriate resources and support are essential in empowering GPs to confidently provide optimal palliative care. In response to GP requests, this workshop will provide information on assessment, management and referral for palliative care patients and their families, in the Tasmanian context. The workshop will consider:
• Management of pain
• Management of other symptoms
• Advanced Care Directive and medical goals of care
• End of life conversations
• Availability of resources, referral pathways and support networks
Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. It requires a patient-centred, multidisciplinary approach, with the GP playing a central and increasing role, especially in the management of domiciliary care.
GPs are largely trained to work with curative or life prolonging models of health and many have identified that they require further education in the skills that underpin palliative care such as communication skills, symptom control and management skills, and self-care skills for dealing with ‘death and dying’.GPs require skills in identifying and managing common oncological and palliative symptoms, and have a vital role in providing care at the end of life in a setting of the individual’s choice, maintaining the dignity of the individual and optimising the chances of them receiving the care they wish for at this time.