Working in palliative care can be challenging. It requires specialised knowledge and skills, and ideally the opportunity to work closely with the individual, their family and other key health professions involved in their care. The Allied Health Toolkit can provide information specific to your practice, but you may also want to be familiar with palliative care more generally.
Here are some ways that you can use the various ELDAC toolkits to upskill yourself on important aspects of palliative care if you are new to this area. Select the aspects you would like further information on, then click View Your Results to display links to navigate you relevant pages with ELDAC. You can also generate a PDF to keep for your records or share with your colleagues.
Pain management is a crucial component of palliative care, and there are always new developments and research in this area. Experienced practitioners should stay up to date with new medications, interventions, and techniques for managing pain.
End-of-life care practices are constantly evolving, and experienced practitioners should stay up to date with new approaches to care. This includes understanding the latest research on end-of-life care, new policies and guidelines, and new technologies and interventions.
Effective communication is critical in palliative care, and experienced practitioners should stay up to date with new techniques and approaches for communicating with patients and families. This might include new training programs, workshops, or conferences.
Palliative care involves complex ethical and legal considerations, and experienced practitioners should stay up to date with changes to regulations and guidelines. This might include new laws and policies related to end-of-life care, advance care planning, and decision-making.
Palliative care is often delivered by an interdisciplinary team, and experienced practitioners should stay up to date with new models of care and collaboration. This might include new approaches to care coordination, interdisciplinary communication, and team-based decision-making.
Palliative and aged care is subject to a range of funding bodies and will also depend on where the individual is receiving their palliative care.