Flinders University Education – post graduate and CPD pall care
Flinders University is the preeminent destination for palliative care research higher degrees, post graduate education and continual professional development. Health professionals require confidence and excellence in physical, social and spiritual clinical skills in order to meet the needs of an aging population, where the rates of dying Australians will double over the next 25 years. Our courses provide doctors, nurses and allied health professionals a range of clinically relevant topics that translate across many practice settings – the acute hospital, aged care, community and palliative care settings. In terms of educational quality, as defined by Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (figures from QILT), 90-100% of students are satisfied with teaching quality at Flinders palliative care. CareSearch, palliAGED and End-of-Life Essentials stem from Flinders University and our researchers drive major national research collaborations and initiatives creating a dynamic, innovative and collaborative culture that also provides intellectually stimulating research higher degree opportunities.
CareSearch (www.caresearch.com.au) is an online resource providing free access to evidence-based information and resources about palliative care that are relevant across the life-course and across the system. The evidence-based content on the website is reviewed through internal and external processes for quality and relevance and reflects the multidisciplinary nature of palliative care practice. Just as trustworthy information can help patients, carers, and families understand what is happening and to make informed decisions, research evidence supports clinicians to provide the best possible care. CareSearch is managed by Flinders University and funded by the Government Department of Health.
palliAGED (www.palliaged.com.au) is an online resource for aged care providing free access to evidence-based palliative care and end-of-life guidance and links to useful resources, tools and projects. Based on APRAC and COMPAC guidelines, palliAGED is the up-to-date palliative care resource for aged care. An Evidence Centre and a Practice Centre means that aged care staff and health professionals have easy access to the evidence, and guidance on how to use it in providing care. palliAGED improves aged care by sharing what is known to be effective from the research evidence. palliAGED is managed by CareSearch, Flinders University and is funded by the Government Department of Health.
The End-of-Life Essentials Project (www.endoflifeessentials.com.au) offers free peer-reviewed online education modules on health care at the end of life in acute hospitals for nurses, doctors and allied health professionals. The content of the modules has been developed from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, National End-of-life Consensus Statement. A range of implementation tools are also available to assist managers and clinicians to implement a unified approach to strategies and processes which will inform end-of-life care. End-of-Life Essentials is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.