Pre Oct 2014

27 Aug 13

Palliative Care and Dementia: Research and Practice

Palliative care has historically been focused on meeting the needs of people with terminal cancer. It is now increasingly recognised as the best approach to caring for people with a range of terminal illnesses, including dementia.

This seminar will allow participants to hear from leading WA experts on the topics of dementia and palliative care, palliative care for people with life-limiting illnesses and the role of carers towards the end of life.

The seminar will also address the implementation of palliative care and dementia policies in residential aged care facilities. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about research that has been used internationally to guide policy and decision-making for palliative and community care at the end of life, including dementia
  • Discuss the translation of palliative care research into practice
  • Explore research findings on the role of carers towards end of life
  • Consider how service improvements can better meet the support needs of aged care facility residents living with dementia and their carers
  • Learn about strategies that ensure the palliative care needs of residents with dementia are met

To download a summary of the presentations please click below:

Summary of Presentation

Prof Lorna Rosenwax
Head, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University

Prof Bev McNamara
Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University

Over the past decade, Lorna and Bev have researched together looking at the end-of-life for people, palliative care and the use of health services at this time. With their research team, Bev and Lorna have provided population-based information to guide policy and decision-making for palliative and community care at the end of life, including dementia. Internationally, their research team's model for estimating a potential palliative care constituency from a population is used by the WHO Palliative Care demonstration project in Catalonia; the Cancer Council of New Zealand; the National Health Service in the UK, Brussels, Nova Scotia, Switzerland and elsewhere. They have also been involved in rolling out a palliative care curriculum to most health disciplines in the majority of universities in Australia.

Michelle Harris
Regional Leader - North Metropolitan Region, The Bethanie Group
She is responsible for residential aged care facilities located in the northern suburbs of Perth. Michelle is currently completing her Masters of Nursing (ECU) with a specific focus on innovative solutions to dementia care and has been involved in implementing a range of service improvements to better meet the care needs of residents with dementia and the support needs of their carers and families. A particular focus of these strategies has been to ensure that the palliative care needs of residents with dementia are appropriately met. Michelle has also been closely involved in the development of a General Physician–Nurse Practitioner approach to ensure that comprehensive 24/7 support is in place.

Event Details

To download a flyer and registration form please click here

Event Date & Time: Tuesday, 27th August 2013, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Event Location: Grace Vaughan House, 227 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park, WA

Registrations Open: 6th Aug 13 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 27th Aug 13 11:59 PM

Your Investment

AAG/Palliative Care WA Member: $10.00 (Inc. GST)
Palliative Care WA members should enter the code CARE when paying to receive the member price
Student/Concession Member: $10.00 (Inc. GST)
Non-Member: $30.00 (Inc. GST)
Student/Concession Non-Member: $30.00 (Inc. GST)

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