Surgeon and author Atul Gawande‘s book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” examines how the treatment of the elderly and the dying can be improved, an issue which was brought home for Gawande when his father was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. You can listen to the podcast here
Palliative Care Australia has released two new online resources to make it easier for people to record and share their care wishes and preferences at the end of life. The online Dying to Talk discussion starter kit and card game were officially launched in Canberra by the Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt during Palliative Care Week. The online card game includes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific deck to provide culturally appropriate options such as visiting or dying on country. You can find out more here.
SA Ambulance Service is the main provider of ambulance services in South Australia, receiving more than 400,000 calls each year. Services are being improved under Transforming Health, with new ambulance stations and extra frontline staff. Consumers are encouraged to review their ambulance cover, as recent changes have occurred in levels and pricings of cover. You can find out more below.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and Healthdirect Australia have jointly launched the Question Builder, a free web-based tool to help people prepare for their medical appointment and make the best use of the time with their doctor. Question Builder guides you through a series of steps, from selecting which type of appointment you are preparing for, to developing the questions that you would like to ask, and helping you to prioritise the most important questions to ask first. These questions can then be printed or emailed to a phone/device for use during the appointment. You will find the tool here. Additional supporting resources and information about the Question Builder can be found on the Commission’s website here.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has published the top tips for safe health care. It is designed to help consumers, their families, carers and other support people get the most out of their health care. The information in the booklet can be used when you talk to your doctor and other healthcare providers, including nurses, pharmacists, specialists, allied health and mental health workers. The publication is available below.