Online roadmap supporting improved palliative care launches
An online resource funded by the Australian Government Department of Health will support palliative care and advance care planning for older Australians. End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is a three year, $15 million project to provide those working in aged and palliative care find meaningful and practical materials to care for older Australians.
The project is being delivered by a consortium that brings together three universities and five national bodies, including Queensland University of Technology, Flinders University and University of Technology Sydney along with partners Palliative Care Australia, Aged & Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and Catholic Health Australia.
Professor Patsy Yates, from Queensland University of Technology, is leading the consortium.
“ELDAC will create partnership opportunities and activities, where providers will be encouraged to work together to provide a coordinated and collaborative service to older Australians. Provider representatives will also be engaged in the project in a way that ensures that the project resources are practical and useful,” Professor Yates said.
Professor Deb Parker, from Project Co-Lead University of Technology Sydney, said ELDAC includes five interactive toolkits, built and reviewed by aged and palliative care experts, to help users to develop a plan and follow evidence-based recommendations or practices in aged care, home care, primary care, partnerships and legal areas.
“All five toolkits provide up-to-date clinical evidence, learning opportunities and organisational tools to support palliative care and advance care planning,” Professor Parker said.
Professor Jennifer Tieman, from Project Co-Lead Flinders University, said ELDAC would help to guide users through its established resources available on the website [opens an external link], with both a free-call phone advisory service during office hours and 24/7 web-based navigation system.
“The navigation system is designed to help users with the challenge of finding state-specific information relating to consumer information and best practice, which will in turn help them to deliver good palliative care,” Professor Tieman said.
In the coming months ELDAC will see a number of exciting progressions including a digital dashboard that will be embedded into the technology that aged care workers use in supporting older people at the end of life.
For more information:
Name: Professor Deb Parker, ELDAC Project Co-Lead University of Technology Sydney and Professor of Nursing Aged Care (Dementia), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney.
Tel: +61 2 9514 5045
Mob: +61 490 431 335