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The caring@home project and its extension for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families (2017 - 2023) is funded by the Australian Government and led by the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative. These projects aim to improve the quality of palliative care service delivery for all Australians by developing resources to support carers and families to help manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines for a person at home.  

 

  • caring@home resources are applicable Australia-wide for community service providers, health professionals and workers, and families/carers. 
  • Resources that support the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families will be developed after national consultation, which is occurring now. 
  • Since 2018...

    *  17,000 caring@home packages for carers

        distributed to health professionals

    *  6,135 downloads palliMEDS app for prescribers,

        developed by NPS MedicineWise

    *  4,100 downloads of Guidelines for the handling

        of palliative care medicines in community services

    *  2,700 completions of online education modules for registered nurses

  • These are good resources to enable a patient to be cared for and die at home if they wish.
  • caring@home resources help the carer to feel more confident to manage breakthrough symptoms in the home environment.
  • caring@home resources can be used to improve outcomes for palliative patients, and outcomes for their carers in their grieving process.
  • The information and education were extremely helpful. This made us so much more competent and able to care for my grandfather in his final days.
  • I felt very confident giving my mother pain relief when required and being able to relieve stress and discomfort to be able to keep her at home.
  • The chance to care for my mother-in-law helped me to cope with her death.
  • Practical demonstration was most beneficial to me particularly given that I did not have much spare time to read all the written material that was provided.
  • I attribute my confidence in administering medicines to the supervision and advice given to me by the nurse.
  • Practical demonstration was most beneficial to me particularly given that I did not have much spare time to read all the written material that was provided.
  • The chance to care for my mother-in-law helped me to cope with her death.
  • The information and education were extremely helpful. This made us so much more competent and able to care for my grandfather in his final days.

  

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