National Survey of Palliative Care Health Professionals Launched

Healthcare professionals working with people living with advanced chronic and terminal illness are invited to take part in a national survey of palliative care.

The survey will measure the existing skills and knowledge of primary health, allied health and aged care workers to address mental health issues in those living with dying.

The survey is part of the Listen, Acknowledge, Respond research project (LAR project), funded under the Commonwealth government’s Public Health Chronic Disease and Palliative Care program. The survey will be open until the end of January 2016 and is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LARbaseline

Mental health clinicians, primary carers, nurses, the aged care workforce, pharmacists, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and speech therapists are invited to provide input into this study.

The LAR project aims to improve mental health and quality of life for palliative and end-of-life care patients, their families and caregivers. The project, a collaboration between Charles Sturt University, Amaranth Foundation and integrated living, will deliver training for up to 800 healthcare workers nationally as well as measuring the costs and impacts of training and care delivered under this model, along with an evidence-based rationale for continued Commonwealth funding.

Health care professionals wanting more details about the training and research should visit http://listenacknowledgerespond.com.au/or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.

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