Aged care palliative service project receives funding

Palliative care in aged care services has received $15 million Federal funding for the End-of-Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) project led by QUT in with Flinders University and University of Technology Sydney.


The funding will support the development of a national Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Service which includes an easily accessible electronic database of evidence-based information on the provision of palliative care for older people in the community, hospitals, and aged care facilities.

QUT Professor Patsy Yates, who is director of Queensland’s Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education, said the three-year project would produce palliative care toolkits for GPs, nurses, aged care providers, carers and other health professionals.


“ELDAC is a technology-based, capacity-building project that will provide access to information and resources, including toolkits for residential aged care, home care and primary care providers," Professor Yates said.


“We will also provide toolkits dealing with legal issues about end of life and building partnerships between the range of care providers involved in end of life care for older people” Professor Yates said.


“A phone and web-based navigation service will help aged care workers, nurses and GPs find information about end-of-life care and services which can help.


“The project will build linkages between healthcare providers in specialist palliative care services and in the aged care sector with the aim of reducing avoidable hospital admissions, shortening hospital stays and improving the quality of care for people in residential and community aged care settings.


ELDAC is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and will be administered by a consortium of three universities: QUT, Flinders University, and University of Technology Sydney; and national agencies: Palliative Care Australia, Aged & Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, Australian Health Care and Hospitals Association, and Catholic Health Australia.


20 November 2017.