Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has developed a series of Training Resources based on The Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care (the Guidelines) as part of a continued commitment to support aged care providers to implement the Guidelines. These resources were developed as a result of feedback received by PCA indicating a need for further education for staff in residential aged care facilities around the Guidelines.
In 2004, the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (the Department) launched the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care (the Guidelines). In 2005-2006 Palliative Care Australia (PCA) was funded by the Department to undertake the project Introducing the Guidelines to a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care (to learn more about this project please click here), to raise awareness of the Guidelines. These Training Resources have been produced as part of that project.
PCA has contracted trainers, who were involved in delivering workshops to aged care staff as part of the project, to write modules on the 6 topics that were identified as the most important. These topics are:
- Pain assessment and management
- Symptom management
- End of life care
- Support of and communication with the family
- Grief and bereavement support
- Advanced care planning
The Training Resources can be used as a self directed learning package or by trainers as a basis to provide education for staff in their facility.
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