Palliative resources to care for Indigenous people

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A new palliative care and end-of-life resource portal for the workforce who support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been launched by Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

Relevant resources will be located in the one portal for health professionals to help provide palliative and end-of-life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

“This will make the relevant information available to the workforce through a state of the art online portal to support decision making and best practice care,” said Director of the HealthInfoNet Professor Neil Drew. “A yarning place will be established in early 2019 to facilitate information sharing and support among clinicians.”

PCA CEO Liz Callaghan said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have specific care needs at the end of their life which must be recognised and respected.

“This resource portal responds to the need for a central place to access culturally appropriate and largely community developed resources regarding palliative care, including grief and bereavement, as identified at the Indigenous Roundtable hosted by PCA in February 2018.”

The portal can be accessed here.

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