Re-Thinking and Improving End-of-Life & Ageing Care for Senior Citizens at the Palliative & Aged Care Forum
Professionals, executives and experts in the Palliative & Aged Care industries will gather at the inaugural Palliative & Aged Care Forum in Melbourne from 14 - 16 June 2017.
Aged care professionals will share and exchange insights, knowledge as well as effective solutions to critical issues and challenges in the Palliative and Aged Care in Australia that have been concerning the public.
The forum sets the stage - within the luxurious Rydges on Swanston Melbourne - for insightful discussions on how palliative & aged care professionals can improve the overall quality of life for senior citizens in the face of a global silver tsunami with escalating health complexities and needs.
The Australian government has begun to address the issue of a growing ageing population by introducing and strongly advocating Palliative Care, a life enhancing care into the aged care system.
However, such advocacy was countered with negative connotation as many elders and aged care providers still perceive Palliative Care as a form of care strictly for terminally ill patients.
Nevertheless, research has proven that Palliative Care, a comfort oriented, supportive and symptom management care can ensure a better quality of life for people, especially our elders who are entering old age, and facing receding physical and mental capability.
"Talking about death is about planning for life – 70% of Australians want to die at home, but sadly less than 14% do. Conversations about End of Life Care often take place at a hospital in the midst of a crisis. Decisions have to be made quickly and under stress.
This means many people die in a way they wouldn’t choose while leaving loved ones feeling guilty, bereaved and anxious. With the launching of the Australian version of Death Over Dinner in 2016, Australia is invited to have End of Life Care conversation at the dinner table with their loved ones, not in the intensive care unit (ICU) after an emergency when it is too late.
The conversations about End of Life Care shouldn’t start with doctors in intensive care units when people are overwhelmed. They should start with family and friends while breaking bread.
All Australians are called on to fill their table with food, family, and friends. Toast life, honor loved ones who have died and ensure that everyone’s wishes for End of Life Care are expressed and respected with understanding and compassion, said Rebecca Bartel, the chairperson of the Palliative and Aged Care Forum, Executive Director from Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR).
"We are now working on Australian specific resources for those with disabilities, and carers, and continue our lobbying effort to encourage governments to participate in this vital health promotion effort," Ms Bartel said.
In the two-day forum, delegates will hear from top visionary evangelists from the palliative and aged care sector, including Professor Jennifer Philip, Chair in Palliative Medicine from University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) who is also Victoria’s Newly Appointed Chair in Palliative Medicine 2017 as well as Professor Paul Glare, Chair in Pain Medicine, University of Sydney.
Delegates will discover how to enhance their resilience in various critical aged care situations through a series of keynote sessions and real case studies with highly endorsed, award winning and evidence based practices.
10 May 2017.