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Caring for older people at the end of life: support for health professionals and aged care staff

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is funded by the Australian Government to support health professionals and aged care staff to provide end of life care to senior Australians in residential aged care and the community.

In her blog, Dr Jennifer Tieman adds her perspective as the Director and Chief Investigator of the CareSearch project, to the need for Australia to be ready to care for older people as they come to the end of their life.

The project has a number of diverse streams of work. ELDAC has established advisory services for the aged care workforce and for GPs who provide care for older Australians including the ELDAC Helpline (1800 870 155) and has released five online toolkits to support a structured approach to care provision. The project is also developing technology solutions to support care delivery and care processes. A series of policy roundtables to inform decision-makers about key policy and planning issues in palliative care and advance care planning in aged care are underway. The final stream of work focuses on working with a number of local/regional service partnerships to build local and regional capacity for improving palliative care for older people.

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