Funded by the Federal Department of Health and Aged Care, the CareSearch Project consolidates online palliative care knowledge for health professionals, people needing palliative care and their families, and for the general community.
CareSearch has recently re-developed the Nurses Hub to provide practical and actionable support for nurses new to palliative care as well as for those with experience. This work was guided by a representative group of nurses from community care, aged care, acute care, rural and remote, and professional representation sectors.
Members can visit the updated and expanded CareSearch Nurses Hub for information on a wide range of topics, including:
- Palliative Care Nursing: understand what, where and who of palliative care nursing practice
- Communication: an essential part of palliative care, explore ways to gather and share information respectfully and compassionately
- Assessment: find out how to recognise needs and monitor for changes
- Planning and Coordinating Care: learn how to involve individuals and teams in planning and care coordination for current and future needs
- Clinical Care: find practical information on responding to physical and psychosocial needs including:
- information on how to recognise, assess, and manage ten commonly experienced symptoms and issues
- My CPD reflections forms developed to help nurses record their learning activity across the ten symptoms
- The Dying Patient: understand how to recognise and manage imminent death and address after-death care
- Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: learn how to support those going through grief and bereavement
- Tools for nurses in palliative care: a range of forms, checklists, and tools to assist you in providing palliative care.
Palliative Care CPD
Looking for palliative care career development? In late 2022, ANMF (Vic Branch) launched a new Education Portal with more than 100 new online continuing professional development (CPD) modules covering a wide range of clinical and patient, resident and client care topics – including many modules on aged and palliative care.
Full financial members are entitled to $400 worth of credit per financial year for these online CPD modules. Members on primary carer leave receive $120 credit. Students and associate members receive $80 credit.
ANMF (Vic Branch) members undertaking post-registration or postgraduate study in palliative care nursing are also eligible to apply for an ANMF fee grant to help cover the costs of their education (up to 80 per cent of the tuition costs ). Applications for the 2023 grants open 16 January 2023 and close 31 March 2023.