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Website answers palliative care queries

An education website that incorporates videos and guides on palliative care launched yesterday.

The Palliative Care Bridge presents a range of expert tips, methods and evidence-based best practice.

Developed by HammondCare, in conjunction with Sacred Heart Health and Calvary Health Care Sydney, the website includes videos of interviews with doctors, counsellors, physiotherapists, nurses and occupational therapists on end-of-life care.

“One of the important things about people who provide palliative care in the community is that they don’t do it very often and for most people it’s a question of just getting confidence,” said professor Rod MacLeod, senior staff specialist, palliative care, at HammondCare. “The resource is there to cover a very wide range of topics related to palliative care and end-of-life care, [so] that if people need to they can just click on one of the videos, watch it for 10 minutes … and just feel confident that they know what to do.”

The website is open to the public.

HammondCare has been giving out a palliative care handbook for decades and the new program was set up to add substance to the original resource, but the team found that people were keen to add extra content.

“It’s become a multilayered resource – it’s got the handbook, it’s got the pain guide booklet, it’s going to have assessment tools and then it’s going to have the suite of 50 to 60 short videos, followed by longer presentations,” MacLeod said. “It’s a developing resource that can be updated whenever we want to so people feel confident that they have information they can access wherever they are.”

He said information would be added to the site throughout 2015 and 2016.

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