palliAGED News

July 2021

palliAGED introductory modules

The palliAGED introductory modules covering 10 palliative care topics were released in May 2021 and have already generated a lot of interest within the aged care sector. To date seven organisations have asked to add the modules to their local Learning Management System (LMS) for staff training.

We have also received hundreds of responses to the quality improvement questions within the modules and these show that the aged care workforce is keen to learn and ready to take on skills in palliative care. All modules are freely available on our website. If you would like to add these to your LMS contact us at palliAGED.

New section for Pharmacists

Pharmacists have a role in the care of older Australians with palliative care needs. Our new section lists resources that are relevant to contemporary Australian pharmacy practice and the potential role of pharmacists in palliative care.

New section for Nurses

Nurses have a key role in caring for older people at the end of life and in providing palliative care. Our new section supports nurses with guidance for best practice palliative care based on the evidence we have identified and appraised.

June 2021

Introduction to palliative care modules supporting Australia's aged care sector

The palliAGED online learning modules for nurses have been well-received by the aged care sector. We have received positive feedback on the modules, as well as several requests by aged care services to integrate these into their learning management systems (LMS). 

Based on the palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets and covering 10 essential topics, the free and evidence-based modules are designed to support nurses engaging with aged care and/or palliative care for the first time. Email us to find out how you include the modules to your organisation's LMS.

Medicines from the PBS Prescriber's bag list

Sometimes people can deteriorate suddenly. In this case anticipatory medicines may not have been arranged. Our Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescriber's bag list (155kb pdf) includes medications that can be used to relieve symptoms in this situation and tips on practical considerations.

Aged Care Standards page and palliative care

Organisations providing Commonwealth subsidised aged care services are required to comply with the Quality Standards. Our new page Understanding the Standards outlines how each of the standards speaks to palliative care, and the resources that can support you and your organisation.

May 2021

New palliAGED learning modules for aged care nurses

The palliAGED team has developed new online learning modules for nurses to support capacity building for palliative care in aged care.

The interactive modules cover 10 essential topics and will help aged care nurses to learn the fundamentals of palliative care, as well as prepare to support older persons at the end of life.

The modules are designed for self-paced learning, are free to use, and come with supporting resources such as an online manual, forms, validated tools, and Practice Tip booklet/sheets.

Each module comes with a certificate of completion, and like all palliAGED resources, are practical in nature and grounded in evidence. To learn on how we developed the modules, read our blog.

New palliAGED page: Royal Commission final report

Our new page outlines the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, including how these relate to addressing the end-of-life care needs of older Australians.

Interactive SPICT forms

We are proud to announce that CareSearch/palliAGED is now a platinum partner of the International SPICT Programme. To help you put evidence into practice we have developed interactive and printable versions of the internationally-validated Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool (SPICT). Now available on our website, the SPICT forms will help aged care staff with early identification of older people with deteriorating health due to advanced conditions or a serious illness.

Coming soon: palliAGED modules for aged care

Providing palliative care is an essential part of quality aged care. To support aged care nurses with the basics of palliative care, we will soon release a series of online introductory modules to complement the highly successful evidence-based palliAGED Practice Tip Sheet resources. Release of the modules is planned to coincide with this year's National Palliative Care Week. They will be freely available from the website along with all of the palliAGED resources including our range of forms for aged care.

March 2021

New palliAGED pages: For Pharmacists

palliAGED has released new pages to support pharmacists in caring for older Australians. The pages feature information and resources on the important role of pharmacists, managing medications, dosing guides, supporting caregivers, education and professional development, and more.

CareSearch developing a new portal

The CareSearch Project is undertaking a major re-structure of its current website to offer a rich set of integrated resources for the palliative care community that can be easily navigated.

The portal will include a major aged care centre which will feature palliAGED and other projects offering practical resources and information. You can participate in the building of the new portal by sharing your insights.

February 2021

New team members

We are pleased to introduce two new team members who will be working with us to deliver support across the 2020-23 period.

Dr Deborah van Gaans is the Research Associate (Evidence) for the CareSearch Project. She has a background in health informatics and spatial science, and has led a couple of projects which assess the accessibility of health services to the population that they serve.

Kristina Walsh is a Research Associate for CareSearch and palliAGED. Kristina has a registered nurse background with a particular focus on community nursing. Having spent many years caring for people towards the end of life at home and supporting people with chronic and complex health conditions, Kristina will focus on palliAGED and the community aspects of CareSearch.

COVID-19 resources for aged care

To continue supporting the aged care workforce respond to the pandemic, we are regularly updating our COVID-19 hub by adding useful and noteworthy resources.

Among the new added resources are:

November 2020

Resources for providing home care

Supporting the aged care workforce to deliver quality home care for older Australians, particularly those who are needing palliative care, is crucial. We have free resources that can help:

Place your order via this form.

October 2020

CareSearch Part of Life Campaign

CareSearch has launched the national Part of Life campaign to encourage community awareness of palliative care and highlight a host of free resources and information for all Australians, including those needing and providing aged care.

The campaign aims to support community members and health professionals to learn, care, and plan for palliative care, dying, and death. It highlights the six guiding principles of the National Palliative Care Strategy, which have been identified as fundamental to ensure that all people experience the palliative care they need and ideals that we all have to work towards.

September 2020

New resource: palliAGED Search

palliAGED has developed a search filter to support easy and rapid access to the latest peer-reviewed information on issues in aged care. All information comes from PubMed, the large biomedical database made available by the United States National Library of Medicine.

August 2020

COVID-19 resources for aged care

To help the aged care workforce who are among our front line responders to COVID-19, in addition to our COVID-19 section in palliAGED, we have created a new page where we highlight noteworthy resources.

June 2020

palliAGED releases final topic: Psychosocial Care

Psychosocial Care sits at the core of palliative care and connects to many of the 38 topics already available on the palliAGED website. Psychosocial care denotes the psychological, spiritual and social aspects of a person’s life, their emotions, thoughts, attitudes, motivation and behaviour, and the way in which a person relates to and interacts with their world. In practice, awareness of and attendance to psychosocial support should be a part of all aspects of palliative care. You can also read the blog by Susan Gravier and Robyn Dutschke on this release.

palliAGED PA Toolkit has closed

For more than ten years, the Palliative Approach (PA) Toolkit has supported residential aged care facilities to implement a comprehensive, evidence-based, person-centred, and sustainable approach to palliative care. Since its release in 2009, there have been many changes to the evidence base and palliAGED and End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) now support the aged care sector. The PA Toolkit was retired on 30 June 2020 after the completion of a content transition plan. You can find more information and alternative resources here.

palliAGED new funding and 2017-2020 Milestones

palliAGED has received new funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. This funding will ensure that the sector continues to have current and readily accessible evidence to guide palliative care practice in aged care.

It will also enable palliAGED to promote high quality care at the end of life to older Australians in line with the Aged Care Quality Standards; to identify and use evidence to address end of life issues raised in the report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety; and to continue the consolidation and dissemination of evidence and practice resources to support high quality palliative care in aged care.

According to palliAGED Director Professor Jennifer Tieman, 'we have a growing older population who are living longer and dying older with higher care needs. Aged care services and health professionals need evidence, resources, and approaches to support quality care and quality of life for older people until they die - whether at home, in the community, or in a residential aged care facility.'

'Since its establishment in 2017, palliAGED has been working to support our aged care workforce and help improve the quality of care at the end of life provided to older Australians. The new funding until 30 June 2023 will allow us to continue this important work,' stated Professor Tieman.

This year, palliAGED has also celebrated its 3rd year anniversary. Among its key accomplishments are:

This summary outlines the other key accomplishments and plans for the next three years. (792kb pdf)

May 2020

New palliAGED eHealth Section

eHealth or digital health can help GPs and aged care services to deliver high quality care. To support them in setting up and using technologies efficiently, palliAGED has developed a new section on eHealth. The new section lists the latest evidence on eHealth, guidance documents, tools, links, and other information to guide GPs and aged care staff involved in planning and providing care of older persons.

April 2020

palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets available for orders

palliAGED is distributing free copies of our Practice Tip Sheets for Nurses and Careworkers. The Practice Tip Sheets support nurses and careworkers to provide quality care for older people approaching the end of life, and have been used by aged care providers nationally.

Aged care staff can face complex issues in providing care, and we at palliAGED are committed to supporting them through our evidence-based resources.

New evidence-based guidance on mental illness of older persons at the end of life

Approximately 10-15% of older Australians suffer from a mental illness. Yet, it often goes unrecognised, and few older people suffering from mental illness receive needed specialised treatment. To help address this, palliAGED has developed new online resources on understanding and caring for older persons suffering from mental illness and approaching the end of their life.

The new resources include the Mental Illness Practice page which lists evidence-based tools, links, and other information to guide aged care staff involved in planning and providing care. Mental Illness Evidence pages have also been developed and provide a summary and in-depth synthesis of the latest evidence and research on caring for older persons suffering from depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and suicidality. 

palliAGED Palliative Care and COVID-19 Hub

palliAGED has developed an online Palliative Care and COVID-19 Hub to support the aged care sector to prepare in case the demand for end-of-life care increases during the pandemic. The Hub is part of the resources developed by CareSearch as a member of the Australian COVID-19 Palliative Care Working Group (ACPCWG) led by Palliative Care Australia.

The hub features appraised resources on issues such as caring for the dying, communication, medicine management, ethics, and self-care. It has tailored sections for residential aged care, home based care, GPs and Primary care, as well as Government response and online learning for aged care staff. Older Australians and their carers will also find trustworthy information on infection control, providing care, and supporting one's own mental wellbeing. 

palliAGED will update the hub weekly as it continuously appraises emerging local and international COVID-19 resources that can help the frontliners across our aged care and health system and the wider community.

March 2020

palliAGED Provides easy access to information on COVID-19

To support the community in dealing with the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, palliAGED is connecting the aged care sector with relevant information it can trust. While the implications of this rapidly changing situation are still emerging, older people are known to be vulnerable to infection and it is important that the sector has quick access to reliable sources of information.

palliAGED Practice Tip sheets

Due to high demand from the aged care sector, we have reprinted copies of our Practice Tip Sheets for Careworkers and Nurses. You can order free print copies now. For those needing digital copies, the Practice Tip Sheets, along with the Practice Forms, are also available for download and can be used together to further support you and your organisation in caring for older persons. 

Complete this form to order printed copies. 

New white paper: Allied Health in Australia and its Role in Palliative Care

Allied Health (AH) is expected to play an increasing role in aged care and primary care settings in meeting the personal and clinical needs of older Australians approaching the end of their life. AH is a key part of palliative care provision but evidence about their role and practice is still emerging.

As part of the CareSearch Engagement Project, a background paper on the context of AH practice in Australia was produced for use by professionals, services, and AH organisations. Key findings of this white paper include the need to support AH with education and upskilling in palliative care, funding to support their work in palliative care, and more accurate data on the use of AH services. Download a copy of the white paper now (935kb pdf). 

December 2019

palliAGED in 2019

2019 has been another year of milestones for palliAGED. In our second year, we have added new content and developed new resource formats to further support our aged care sector to deliver best practice palliative care for older Australians at the end of life.

In addition to continuing to provide evidence based guidance for individuals, organisations, and practical toolkit developers, we have supported understanding within the sector by addressing the new Aged Care Quality Standards, Department of Health National Palliative Care Strategy, Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and others. 

Our final newsletter for 2019 provides a snapshot of just some of our achievements this year, and they include:

  1. Providing evidence based practical guidance
  2. Supporting education and continuing professional development
  3. Enabling understanding of key issues, policies, and useful resources

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our accomplishments for this year, particularly our project partners, advisory group, Practice Tip Sheets expert review group, engagement project participants, and team members. We look forward to 2020 as we continue to collaborate with you to improve the quality of palliative care for all older Australians. 

November 2019

palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets supporting aged care workforce training

The palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets are being used as a valuable training resource for aged care staff across Australia. Since the release of the first edition in March, more than 150 organisations have ordered over 5,200 printed copies of the Tip Sheets and used these for individual and team learning and training.

New palliAGED page: Royal Commission Interim Report

palliAGED has a new page in its Australian Context section highlighting the interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality. The page provides an overview of the report and details some of the issues related to palliative care at the end of life.

October 2019

New palliAGED page: Course Selection Tool

Training and education is a critical component of strengthening the capacity of health professionals and the aged care workforce in providing palliative care. palliAGED has now added the Course Selection Tool to support you and your aged care team in choosing education and continuing professional development options. Providing access to selected introductory courses the tool offers you a starting point that complements the more extensive listing of Online Learning opportunities in palliAGED.

September 2019

Second edition of palliAGED Practice Tip Sheets

Due to high demand and following feedback from the sector, we have released the Second Edition of our Practice Tip Sheets. The new edition aims to support careworkers and nurses to provide palliative care to older Australians approaching the end of life, and has eight additional topics:

  • Self-Care
  • First Australians - Communication
  • Culturally Responsive Care - Communication
  • People with Disability - Communication
  • Eye Care
  • Person-centred Care
  • Respiratory Secretions
  • Signs of Imminent Death

In addition, we have developed 11 forms covering case conference coordination, self-care planning and for patients, carers and families forms to keep track of medicines and the palliative care team. The forms are freely available and include a place for organisations to add their details.

palliAGED Education Section: Supporting your professional development

Online teaching resources provide a flexible way for aged care staff to learn. palliAGED has launched the first stage of our new education resource aimed at connecting the aged care sector with quality resources to further develop skills in palliative care and care at the end of life.

palliAGED and CareSearch at the 2019 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference

Join us at the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference in Perth on 10-13 September. Head to Exhibit Booth 20 and chat with our team members to learn more of our work on palliative care evidence and pick up copies of our latest resources. We also have posters on our Engagement Project and Practice Tip Sheets. Our Director Professor Jennifer Tieman will also present on Concurrent Session A1 (National Palliative Care Projects) on 11 September about CareSearch and palliAGED.

CareSearch Residential Aged Care Hub to close this month

The CareSearch RAC Hub will be closing in September 2019 with updated versions of relevant information now located within palliAGED. This is part of our project to consolidate information for the aged care sector into a single site and you can read more about the project in our Consolidating Aged Care Guidance project page.

August 2019

Getting started with palliAGED

palliAGED has added a short module to the homepage to introduce palliAGED and how it can be used to support Careworkers, nurses, GPs, and allied health professionals providing palliative care for older people. If you are new to palliAGED or know others who are share the link to get started.

Engagement Project

Following three very productive workshops held in 2018 with members of the aged care and allied health sectors, and patients, families and carers, the CareSearch Engagement project team will host a second round of workshops in August/September 2019. To be held in Adelaide, the aim of the 2019 workshops is to report back on CareSearch/palliAGED activity and achievements over the past year in response to suggestions from the sector, and to discuss the impact of this on palliative care awareness. The Aged Care sector arm of the project will meet on August 30th.

The project team members have also continued to collaborate with each of the sectors in July and a number of articles were published: from Susan Gravier for the Allied Health sector this included articles in Response magazine (July 2019), Paramedics Australasia: Self-care for paramedics (2.96MB pdf) and InMotion magazine (July 2019), Australian Physiotherapy Association: Physios well placed to help with pain. From Robyn Dutschke working with patients, carers, and families July included an article for Lutheran Nurses In Touch newsletter (e-News) (July 2019): The Important Role of Palliative Care (1.07MB pdf). To learn more about the project and our activities visit the Engagement Project.

July 2019

CareSearch Director outlines recommendations to Aged Care Royal Commission

CareSearch Director and Matthew Flinders Fellow Professor Jennifer Tieman served as an expert witness in one of the Aged Care Royal Commission hearings in Perth.

In her submission for the hearing, Professor Tieman outlined her recommendations for overcoming the obstacles in providing person-centred palliative care in our current aged care system. These are:

  1. Conduct campaigns to help normalise death, dying and palliative care. Greater emphasis and promotion of death and dying as being part of life frames the care environment in which individuals, families and systems are operating. In addition, normalising dying supports the value of advance care planning as a normal part of life planning.
  2. Include palliative care in aged care training and education. Careworker training should include palliative care. There is also the need to make the range of education already available more accessible to the aged care and primary care sectors.
  3. Expand the range of guidance resources developed to support the Aged Care Quality Standards to highlight palliative care examples and resources to support proactive palliative care recognition, assessment and care provision.
  4. Integrate solutions across systems. There needs to be clarity around how the state funded palliative care services interface with those in receipt of commonwealth funded aged care services.
  5. Develop and improve access to technology and digital solutions to increase communication and coordination between providers. Given an increasing commitment to homecare packages in aged care and community based palliative care services, digital solutions will be important.
  6. Analyse funding to improve resourcing for aged care and primary care services.
  7. Strengthen support for family, family carers, and surrogate decision makers for older Australians so their roles in end of life can be properly recognised and integrated.
  8. Remember that death and dying is not just a medical or health event, it is a human experience. Hence, care needs to be person centred and adapted to the situation of the individual person.

Palliative Care Australia Board Chair Dr Jane Fisher and Deputy Director of Metro South Palliative Care Service Dr Elizabeth Reymond also served as expert witnesses along with Professor Tieman. You can read more of Professor Tieman’s submission (3.47MB pdf).

June 2019

Intimacy and Sexuality

Older people are commonly viewed as asexual, yet intimacy, sexuality, and sexual expression are basic human needs and continue to be important throughout life and can provide physical and psychological benefits. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Intimacy and Sexuality. You can also read the new blog by Nigel McGothigan on this release.

palliAGED conference activity

palliAGED team member Rosie Bonnin presented at the 5th International Ageing in a Foreign Land Conference, 19-20 June 2019 and the SA Australian Association of Gerontology Conference, 21 June 2019. Both conferences were held in Adelaide at the Flinders University Tonsley Campus. palliAGED hosted a booth at the conferences and connected with local, national and international participants.

Australian Context

We have developed new content on the Australian context of care. The new pages also cover the facility issues previously found in the CareSearch Residential Aged Care section which is being transferred to palliAGED as part of our efforts to consolidate evidence based resources for the aged care sector into a single site. You can read more about the consolidation project and access the new Australian context pages to learn more.

Engagement Project news

The Engagement project continues to reach out to the aged, allied health and patient, carer and family sectors, and this months publications include:

palliAGED is now on Facebook

palliAGED, as part of the CareSearch Project, is now on Facebook. Like our page @CareSearchProject to learn of the latest updates and links to trustworthy information and the best available evidence on palliative care in aged care.

May 2019

palliAGED is turning 2!

This week, palliAGED is celebrating our second anniversary of supporting the aged care sector with practical evidence-based guidance in palliative care. You can read more about our work in the latest In Focus - palliAGED: Quality guidance for quality palliative care in aged care.

March 2019

palliAGED Practice Tip sheets supporting the aged care sector

palliAGED is launching the newly developed evidence-based Practice Tip Sheets in March 2019 to support Careworkers and Nurses to deliver quality care for older Australians. The Practice Tip Sheets will be available to download for free and include easy-to-read discussion of common care issues, pointers on what to do and tools to use as well as questions to prompt reflection and review. The Practice Tip Sheets will complement the range of practice topics already available in the Practice Centre focussing on putting evidence into everyday practice.  You can read more about the project and read about the importance of supporting aged care workers as they care for older people in Australia.

Symptoms and Medicines Update

palliAGED Symptoms and Medicines have a fresh new look and revised content. The common symptoms in the last days of life are known. Nurse practitioners (NPs) and general practitioners (GPs) with the support of a pharmacist are well placed to lead care of older Australians into the terminal phase. The palliAGED Symptoms and Medicines pages are an easily-accessible and comprehensive repository of information that can guide evidence-based practice in the care of older people in the last days of their life.

January 2019

Strategies to improve service and client outcomes in aged care

A guest blog post from Diana Harrison, Jennifer Gavin, Melissa Brodie and Rebecca Moore, ELDAC Facilitators from Queensland University of Technology

November 2018

LGBTI Elders and Older People - Initiatives in Aged and Palliative Care

A guest blog post from Samantha Edmonds, Silver Rainbow - National Project Manager, National LGBTI Health Alliance

Palliative approach offers peace of mind

A guest blog post by Mark Butler, Chaplaincy and Palliative Care Manager, Eldercare

Three things you need to know about dementia and dying

A guest blog post by Kirsty Carr, National Policy and Strategy Advisor, Dementia Australia

October 2018

palliAGED in rural aged care

A new video has been added to palliAGED featuring Dr Holly Deer discussing her experiences as a GP working in regional South Australia, and how she has used palliAGEDgp smartphone App to support her in providing palliative care. As noted by Professor Jennifer Tieman in an accompanying blog on palliAGED, ‘Recognising palliative care needs and supporting care delivery over time requires skills and knowledge at the right time'. Trustworthy, evidence-based tools like the palliAGEDgp App can provide GPs with 24/7 access to information to support them in this critical role.

palliAGEDgp: equipping GPs in rural and remote areas to deliver quality palliative care

A blog post by Professor Jennifer Tieman, CareSearch Director, Matthew Flinders Fellow, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

Improving end-of-life care for residential aged care residents initiative

A guest blog post by Mia Taylen-Smith, Nurse Practitioner, Metro South Palliative Care

September 2018

Vulnerable older people at risk at end of life

A guest blog post by Dr Kelly Purser and Associate Professor Tina Cockburn, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology


SPICT4ALL has been added to the palliAGED pages. Based on the original SPICT tool designed to help health professionals identify people who might benefit from palliative care and appropriate planning for future care, SPICT4ALL has been ‘de-medicalised’ for use by patients, family carers and staff working in health and care.

The importance of palliAGED in rural and remote nursing

A guest blog post by Dr Ann Aitken PhD, Acting Director of Nursing & Midwifery, Rural and Remote Services, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service

Pharmacists: The Medicines Experts

A guest blog post by Paul Tait, Lead Palliative Care Pharmacist, Southern Adelaide Palliative Services

August 2018

What is the relationship between good advocacy services and good palliative care?

A guest blog post by Lewis Kaplan, former CEO, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)

July 2018

Terminal Care

Terminal care usually refers to the care in the last few days to weeks of life when a person is irreversibly dying. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Terminal Care.

June 2018

HealthPathways—supporting local relevant and consistent palliative care

A guest blog by Katharine Silk, Integration and Innovation Manager, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

Aged Care Service Needs: ELDAC survey report

A guest blog post by Dr John Rosenberg (Research Fellow), Karen Clifton (Project Coordinator (ELDAC)), and Professor Patsy Yates (Head of School), School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology.

May 2018

Why evidence matters at the end-of-life and why it’s everyone’s business

A guest blog post by Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht, Senior Research Fellow, CareSearch, Flinders University.

Complementary Medicine

Complementary medicine refers to medicines and therapies that are used alongside conventional medicine. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Complementary medicine.

April 2018

Care Leavers

A section Care Leavers has been added to Specific Needs in the Evidence Centre.

March 2018

Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care (CRE-ELC)

A guest blog post by Professor Patsy Yates, Centre Director, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-life Care, Head, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology; Director, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education

Symptoms and Medicines

The Symptoms and Medicines section of the website has recently been updated. The symptoms and medicines section provides a single gateway to high quality information to support fast and reliable access to evidence to inform clinical practice..

February 2018

Needs Assessment

Needs assessments can help to identify what patients and their families consider important and where they need help and support. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Needs Assessment.

January 2018

palliAGED apps

The palliAGED apps have been updated in the Google Play store to fix an issue that could cause the content to be blank on some Android devices.

Managing Crises

A crisis or an emergency in palliative care is a sudden deterioration in a person’s condition which requires an urgent response. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Managing Crises.

Page Updates

The following pages have been updated to include new and recently published evidence:

Syringe Drivers

Syringe drivers are small portable (usually battery-operated) devices used to administer medication in palliative care. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around Syringe Drivers.

December 2017

Symptoms and Medicines

A new section in the Evidence Centre is a gateway to fast and reliable access to evidence to inform your clinical practice. It provides an overview of common symptoms and how to manage medications. There are links to other useful Australian resources.

November 2017

Two new topics have been included in the Evidence Centre and the Practice Centre:

Advance Care Planning (ACP)

Respite care

October 2017

Two new topics have been included in the Evidence Centre and the Practice Centre:

Case Conferences

Spiritual care

September 2017

Models of care

One new topic has been included in the Evidence Centre and the Practice Centre:

August 2017

Cognitive Issues

The provision of palliative care in the context of older age needs to consider some specific issues including cognitive decline, confusion, dementia and/or communication difficulties.  As the community ages, dementia is becoming increasingly common. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around cognitive issues.

July 2017

palliAGED videos

Check out the range of videos for nurses, GPs and aged care.


Resilience in older adults can be defined as the ability to ‘bounce back’ and recover physical and/or psychological health in the face of adversity. Check out the Evidence Summary and the Practice Points around resilience.

palliAGED apps

The palliAGED apps provide nurses and GPs with easy and convenient access to information to help them care for people approaching the end of their life. You can also view palliAGEDgp content online and palliAGEDnurse content online.

June 2017

Emergency Planning and Management

A palliative care emergency is a sudden and life-threatening change in a person’s condition. In this scenario, handovers of care are particularly important to reduce risk of receiving inappropriate treatment. Planning ahead for possible emergencies is good practice and can improve the quality and safety of care. Check out our Evidence Summary and our practice points.

Order resources
You can email us at palliaged@flinders.edu.au to order our palliAGED poster, factsheet or brochure to share with colleagues.

Minister's Launch Speech
You can view Minister Wyatt speech on our Vimeo channel.

May 2017

palliAGED launchpalliAGED Launch
palliAGED was launched on 25 May 2017 by the Minister of Ageing, the Hon Ken Wyatt, AM.

The palliAGED site supports nurses and care workers in residential aged care or community care, GPs and general practice nurses, allied health professionals and support staff with evidence, tools, guidance and practice resources about palliative care for older Australians. There is also information and resources for older people and their families.

Palliative Perspectives Blogs
Three new aged care blogs have been published:

Page updated 03 June 2021