Survey on mental health treatment for the dying

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A national survey focusing on the mental health needs of the terminally ill is underway as part of a project to improve the delivery of palliative care services across Australia.

The online survey is one part of the Listen, Acknowledge, Respond project involving Charles Sturt University (CSU) and two not-for-profit organisations, the Amaranth Foundation and integratedliving Australia Ltd – a community based aged care provider.

Period09 Dec 2015

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  • TitleLAR Survey and Graduate Certificate in Integrated Chronic and Terminal Care
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletCSU media
    Media typePrint
    DescriptionThe survey measures the existing skills, knowledge and confidence of allied health professionals in supporting the mental health needs and concerns of people with advanced chronic and terminal illnesses, and their families and care givers.

    Mental health clinicians, primary carers, nurses, the aged care workforce, pharmacists, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and speech therapists are all encouraged to participate.

    The survey is open until the end of January 2016, and is available here.

    Results of the survey will contribute to the development of new training programs to close this treatment gap.

    As part of the Listen, Acknowledge, Respond project a range of training workshops will be delivered including a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Chronic and Terminal Care, which will commence at CSU in 2016.

    Course Director in CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr Cate Thomas said, "This course is a first of its kind and I'm very proud that Charles Sturt University is offering it. It reflects how we work with government and industry to develop courses that respond to community need.

    "This exciting new program offers professionals a new model of health and community care for people with advanced chronic illness and their families.

    "While some courses specialise in aged care, palliative care or chronic illness, no other course brings these all together and also focuses on the mental wellbeing of this vulnerable population," Dr Thomas said.

    Producer/AuthorCSU Media
    PersonsCate Thomas