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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Palliative Care resource portal launched

November 12, 2018

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (HealthInfoNet) have launched a Palliative Care and End-of-Life Resource Portal for the workforce who support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

The palliative care and end-of-life portal is designed to assist health professionals who provide care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their families and communities. The portal and resources can be accessed at https://healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/learn/health-system/palliative-care/

Director of the HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Drew, said the portal seeks to support both clinicians and policy-makers in accessing research and projects on palliative and end-of-life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

“The aim of this project is to locate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander palliative and end-of-life care resources, curate the resources and make them available all together in the one place  for health professionals. This will make the relevant information easily accessible to the workforce to support knowledge-informed decision-making and best-practice care. A yarning place will also be established in early 2019 to encourage clinicians to share resources, knowledge and experience as well as promote workforce activities such as courses."

PCA CEO, Liz Callaghan, said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have specific care needs at the end of their life which must be recognised and respected. “This resource portal responds to the need for a central place to access culturally appropriate and largely community developed resources regarding palliative care, including grief and bereavement, as identified at the Indigenous Roundtable hosted by PCA in February 2018,” Ms Callaghan said.

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