Palliative & Supportive Care
Lung Foundation Australia recognises Palliative and Supportive Care as a fundamental stage of care in living with Chronic Lung Diseases. Palliative and Supportive Care allows people with Lung Diseases to enhance their quality of life in a way that is meaningful to them. It also supports families and carers in their adjustments to some of the lifestyle changes they may have to face.
When you have an advanced and progressive lung disease with little or no prospect of cure it is the aim of supportive and palliative care to achieve the best possible quality of life for the individual patient, their caregivers and family by:
- Living as actively as possible
- Optimising function and comfort physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually
- Minimising and actively managing symptoms and suffering (breathlessness, cough, fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression and other distressing symptoms).
- Providing adequate knowledge and open communication for patients and carers to help them make timely and informed decisions
- Specifically offers support to carers during the persons illness and subsequently
- Focuses on quality of life and continues to support people, may death become inevitable.
The Lung Foundation supports a number of Palliative and Supportive Care focused organisations whom have produced a range of helpful and informative resources. Please click the link below to view available resources for health professionals, patients and carers.
Palliative Care Australia Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the peak national organisation representing the interests of all those who share the ideal of quality care at the end of life. PCA works to raise awareness of palliative and end of life care, improve the understanding and availability of services across Australia, and encourage discussion to support improved knowledge networks. www.palliativecare.org.au/Resources.aspx
CareSearch Palliative Care Knowledge Network CareSearch Palliative Care Knowledge Network is an extensive online resource of palliative care information and evidence. CareSearch is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and supported by Flinders University and Health Insite. All materials included in this website are reviewed for quality and relevance.
Click the link below for resources and information for patients and carers
Click the link below for resources and information for health professionals
Clinical Practice www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/65/Default.aspx
Professional Groups www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/55/Default.aspx