NEW caring@home app - To assist health professionals supporting families, carers and patients, caring@home has designed a purpose-built app to give easy and quick access to resources for:
- Carers, in English and nine other languages (including training videos)
- Health professionals
- Community service providers, and
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
- Offline functionality - Once all resources within the app have been downloaded, it can be used offline, making it ideal for rural and remote health professionals who may have an unreliable internet connection
- On-demand resources - Carers/families can benefit from immediate introduction and access to caring@home resources, without the need to wait for hard copies to be delivered
- Print capability - Health professionals can print documents directly from the app using local WIFI printer connection.
Read this Factsheet (311kb pdf) for more information.
The caring@home app is free and can be downloaded from:
The palliMEDS app, developed by NPS MedicineWise for caring@home, familiarises primary care prescribers with eight palliative care medicines that have been endorsed by the Australian & New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) for management of terminal symptoms.
The ANZSPM-endorsed medicines can be used to manage common emergent symptoms in home-based palliative care patients in the last few weeks of life, when people often have problems swallowing.
A new version of the app was released in August 2020 featuring an opioid calculator tool.
The calculator is designed to provide support to a clinician where a palliative care patient needs to be switched from some, or all, of their current opioids, to a replacement opioid delivered by the subcutaneous route. The app can be used offline (without internet connection), which makes it ideal for clinicians caring for patients in rural and remote areas of Australia. palliMEDS will help contribute to the provision of quality palliative care for the increasing number of Australians who wish to be cared for, and to die at home, if possible.
The palliMEDS app is free and can be downloaded from:
Page last updated 13 April 2021