caring@home 2023-2026

caring@home is a National Palliative Care project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

caring@home aims to increase access to quality and timely end-of-life care for palliative patients who choose to be cared for, and die at home, if possible.

To support this aim, caring@home develops and provides nationally consistent, practical and evidenced-based clinical resources and education for health professionals and resources to support families and carers to help manage symptoms at home.

New resources and education activities will be developed based upon an existing primary care End-of-Life Care Framework, as recommended by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for community-based patients. These resources will support quality end-of-life care during the last 12 months of life.

caring@home resources are applicable Australia-wide and are freely available.

Read the caring@home Factsheet (880kb pdf)  for more information.

Develop resources for:

Clinical services: policy, procedures and guidelines.

Health professionals:

  • to support a proactive approach to end-of-life care
  • to manage the transition of goals of care from curative to palliative care
  • to support effective management of end-of-life symptoms
  • to promote quality improvement.

Carers and families: to help manage end-of-life symptoms for home-based patients.

Provide education for primary care health professionals

  • Workshops: face-to-face and virtual
  • Webinars

Deliver a national rollout

  • Communication, engagement and marketing activities

Undertake evaluation

caring@home is conducted by a consortium and led by Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative.

Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA)

ACCPA’s purpose is to lead, advocate and provide support, advice and guidance to aged care providers to ensure a high performing and sustainable aged care sector so that older Australians can live their best lives.

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

ACRRM is accredited by the Australian Medical Council for setting professional medical standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development in the specialty of general practice. It is the only College in Australia dedicated to rural and remote medicine and plays an important role in supporting junior doctors and medical students considering a career in rural medicine.

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

APNA is the peak body and professional membership association for all nurses working outside of a hospital setting in Australia. APNA champions the role of primary health care nurses; to advance professional recognition, ensure workforce sustainability, nurture leadership in health, and optimise the role of nurses in patient-centred care.

Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative (BSPCC)

BSPCC aims to progress best-practice palliative care by implementing quality improvement programs, delivering evidence-based palliative care education and training, and developing inter-sectoral palliative care research programs. The BSPCC has developed and implemented successful and respected national, state and local health service programs including caring@home.

Brisbane South Primary Health Network (BSPHN)

BSPHN addresses health inequities and inequalities through the power of partnerships, to support the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for every person in the region. It works across all levels of the health system to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for Brisbane south - particularly for populations at risk of poorer health outcomes.
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The National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP)

NAATSIHWP is the peak body for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners in Australia. It was established in 2009, following the Australian Government’s announcement of funding to strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce as part of its ‘Closing the Gap’ initiative.

Palliative Care Australia (PCA)

PCA is the national peak body for palliative care and represents all those who work towards high quality palliative care for all Australians who need it. Working closely with consumers, Member Organisations and the palliative care workforce, PCA aims to improve access to, and promote the need for, palliative care.
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PCA believes high quality palliative care should be available and accessible to people living with a life-limiting illness when and where they need it. PCA supports the health, aged care and community sector workforce who all have a role in providing palliative care to people with a life-limiting illness and supporting carers and loved ones.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA)

PSA is the only Australian Government-recognised peak national professional pharmacy organisation representing all of Australia’s 36,000 pharmacists working in all sectors and across all locations and is committed to improving Australia’s health through excellence in pharmacist care. PSA believes the expertise of pharmacists can be better utilised to address the health care needs of all Australians.
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caring@home Director - Prof. Liz Reymond, MBBS(Hons), PhD, FRACGP, FAChPM.

Liz Reymond is the Director of caring@home, a National Palliative Care Project funded by the Australian Government. Liz has over 20 years’ experience as a palliative care physician. Her research interests include development of evidence-based palliative care services. Her current position is Director, Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Support and Pharmacy Service.

caring@home Manager - Dr. Karen Cooper, BSc [Hons], PhD.

Karen works as a Project Manager for Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative, managing caring@home. Karen’s major interest is in education to health care professionals. She has managed many national projects in the area of health education, primarily in palliative care and aged care.

caring@home Clinical Nurse Consultant - Jane Stephens, BNurs, GradDip Palliative Care

Jane has worked in palliative care for 18 years and as a part of a specialist palliative care team for 10 years. Her major interest is ensuring that people who wish to remain at home at end of life receive quality care and that their families are well supported. Jane is excited to bring her knowledge of community palliative care to the caring@home project to support health professionals, patients and families across Australia.

caring@home Communications Manager – Natalie Blauensteiner

Natalie is a communications and marketing specialist with 20 years’ experience, working within Government and across the private sector. She currently provides communications and marketing advice and services across a number of projects in the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative, including caring@home, PallConsult and the Statewide Office of Advance Care Planning.

caring@home Administration Officer – Jaimee Stimson

Jaimee is an administration officer with five years’ experience in the health industry. She has worked across both the caring@home and caring@home for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families projects.

Page last updated 11 April 2024