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End of life research given funding boost

Australia is set to become a leader in palliative care research, thanks to a $60 million grant for end-of-life care projects.

South Australia will particularly benefit, as Flinders University received $8 million for its palliative care related research.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean Professor Jennifer Tieman said the grants were especially necessary given Australia’s large ageing population and the growing demand for palliative care services.

“There is an increasing need to focus on palliative care as Australia’s population ages and these funds will allow Flinders University to consolidate our proud history of contributing to the community,” Tieman said.

“Our research will move into new areas, and expand the range of evidence-based information we can provide about palliative care to patients, families, people working in residential aged care and community aged care, primary care staff and health professionals working in hospitals and palliative care services.

“The leadership in palliative care research at Flinders University will continue to grow, offering support for those who need end-of-life care and those who work with palliative care patients.”

Funding will be given to the university’s CareSearch program, as well as the End of Life Essentials for Acute Hospital Clinicians program by Kim Devery, Deb Rawlings and Deidre Morgan.

In 2014/15, at least 65,000 hospitalisations were palliative care related.

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  1. Palliative care is not only for ageing population but also for the brain cancer patients in age group 20 years to 40 years. There seems to be little support or research for this age group. once again I speak out as this age group are mothers, fathers with young families. unfortunately this age group is given a death sentence when they are diagnosed and families are left to grieve as no amount of surgery, radiation or chemotherapy will cure this aggressive cancer. The treatment I have described can leave deficits such as walking, speech, dysphasia, incontinence and they require good general nursing care which needs to be addressed by palliative care , nursing staff for short to long term nursing.

  2. Palliative care is also needed for people with dementia – a forgotten group. Please include them in this research- such good news re this grant