Home-based palliative care

Terminal illness affects approximately half a million Australians each year, as patients, carers and family. Over the next three years, the Australian Government will fund a new initiative for palliative care.

The Palliative Care for People Living at Home initiative received $3.5 million funding to investigate ways to improve existing clinical services, carer training and in-home support. Announced at the start of National Palliative Care Week 2008 by Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot, the program is a collaboration between Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Also launched by Mrs Elliot was, CareSearch, a website that will provide information for the terminally ill, carers and family, giving 24 hour access to support and advice. Funded by a $3 million grant from the Australian Government, the website contains links to other resources and covers sensitive issues. CareSearch has been developed over three years by researchers at Flinders University, the centre of the Australian Palliative Care Knowledge Network project.

If you need advice on terminal illness or palliative care, CareSearch offers a good starting point.

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