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What is Speaker Series?

Palliative Care Tasmania’s ‘Compassionate Communities Speaker Series’ is a great mix of industry experts covering specialty topics in end-of-life care including diverse topics such as legal, guardianship, finance, mental health, grief and more.

This is your chance to access specialty information that informs the broader supports available for someone diagnosed with a terminal illness/ who is older and frail and for those that are supporting/ caring for them.

Speaker Bio

Professor Meera Agar, Chair, Palliative Care Australia 

Professor Meera Agar is a practicing palliative medicine physician in South West Sydney, with a particular interest in the supportive care needs of people suffering from advanced illness on the brain. 

Meera is Director of IMPACCT (Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation) and leads a clinical research portfolio at University of Technology Sydney, including clinical trials and health service evaluation. She led a world-first clinical trial of antipsychotics in delirium, and is leading a NSW Government-funded trial of the use of medicinal cannabis for the terminally ill. 

A Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine and clinician scientist, she holds a Master of Palliative Care. Her doctorate was awarded in the area of delirium in advanced illness. 

Meera’s research and teaching have won numerous awards, including an Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation, an Australian Award for University teaching and the European Association for Palliative Care Early Career Researcher Award. 

Session Overview:

As Australia’s population ages and the number of people using aged care services increases, the demand for palliative care in aged care is also increasing.  Currently, palliative care in aged care is under-funded and under serviced, with palliative care in residential care often confined to the last hours of life and not systematically integrated into core business in aged care services.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Compliance found that too few people receive evidence-based end-of-life and palliative care, and instead experience unnecessary pain or indignity in their final days, weeks and months. The Royal Commission identified palliative care as one of four areas of concern for immediate attention and made recommendations including the right to fair, equitable and non-discriminatory access to palliative and end-of-life care, improved access to specialist palliative care services, a review of the Quality Standards to consider palliative care and requirements for regular staff training.

The Australian Government has accepted these recommendations as part of a five year, five pillar implementation.  Reform of the aged care system over the next five years is integral to ensuring that older Australians get the palliative care they need and that palliative care becomes core business in aged care.

Suitable for:

Health care professionals providing information to the public, Aged Care staff, Carers, Volunteers, HACC or CHSP providers, community groups and individuals.

Delivery:

1-hour online session with live Q&A as part of the session.

Session Cost:

PCT Members:  Free | Non-Members: $22 (in GST) | Not a Member? Join us here.

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