integrated palliative care delivery


The Inspired Team are finalists in the 2019 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards. They work at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, Clare Holland House in Barton, ACT

Recognised for developing, trialling and testing a new integrated model of palliative care delivery for aged care residents requiring end-of-life care.

A first of its type in Australia the ‘Palliative Care Needs Rounds’ model has three components which adopt a proactive approach to caring for residents that have palliative care needs.

The rounds include reviewing resident treatment plans, symptom management, and medicines. It also includes conducting meetings between facility staff, the resident, their general practitioner, and their family discussing how the patient’s quality of life can be improved. Lastly, clinical work is conducted with residents that focus on symptom assessment, diagnosis, and management.

This multipronged method aims to anticipate the patients’ needs and develop care plans accordingly, this is different from traditional care which is usually reactionary to a patient’s condition.

Following the success of an early pilot study, the model was implemented and evaluated in 12 residential facilities across the ACT, with results showing that the model has reduced the number of resident hospital admissions, improved the quality of life of residents who are in palliative care and improved staff palliative care knowledge.

The Inspired Team hopes to implement the model of care across aged care facilities in the ACT and more broadly across Australia. 


Watch the awards online. Tune into Facebook live from 6.30pm AEST Friday 9 May 2019.

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