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A guide to palliative care in Queensland – booklet

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This booklet aims to provide information to support and guide people in making decisions about their own or their loved ones care. It is for anyone who wants to know more about palliative care and how it can improve quality of life and help someone prepare for death.

Published by: PalAssist with support from Queensland Health.

This resource is also available in hard copy. Please contact PalAssist by email or phone to order a hard copy.

End of Life Law in Australia

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End of Life Law in Australia provides accurate, practical and relevant information to assist you in navigating the challenging legal issues that can arise with end of life decision-making.

This website is an initiative of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. It is designed to be used by patients, families, health and legal practitioners, the media, policymakers and the broader community to access information about Australian laws relating to death, dying and decision-making at the end of life

Palliative Care Australia

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Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the national peak body for palliative care. Working with consumers, member organisations and the palliative care and broader health workforce, PCA aims to improve the quality of life and death for people with life limiting illnesses, their families and carers.

The online program, Dying To Talk, can help guide you through a discussion with your loved ones about how you would like to be cared for as you approach the end of your life. Palliative Care Australia also produce a number of written information resources.

Access the National Palliative Care Service Directory on the website. Phones are attended Monday -Friday 9.00am -2.00pm AEST.

Dying at Home

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A guide to support people, families and carers plan for end of life at home.

Living well with chronic heart failure

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This downloadable resource has been prepared to help you, your family and your caregiver better understand chronic heart failure and its treatment, to help guide your discussions with health professionals and to answer some of the commonly asked questions.

Produced by: Heart Foundation

This resource is also available in hard copy,Heart Foundation Health Information Service on 1300 36 27 87 to order.

Caresearch

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Caresearch is an online information service providing access to relevant evidence and quality information about palliative care to:

Patients, Carers and Families
• Information and resources about living with or caring for someone with a serious illness, preparing for the end of life, and how to manage bereavement, grief and loss.

Health Professionals
• Information designed to support clinical practice by summarising the state of the evidence and by providing clinicians with access to relevant literature where possible.
• Information on a range of educational options relevant to palliative care.
• Resources to support the work of researchers in palliative care.

Resources are also available that can be printed or downloaded to share with friends and colleagues. Hard copy materials can also be ordered online.

Advance health directive

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An Advance Health Directive allows you to plan what medical treatment or health care you would like in the event that you cannot make decisions for yourself. It also enables you to appoint an attorney for health and personal matters if you want.

Understanding Grief

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This booklet has been prepared to help you understand more about your grief when someone close to you has died from cancer. It is anticipated this information will answer some of the questions you may have, and provide you with suggestions on ways to help you cope with your loss.

Produced by: Cancer Council Queensland

This resource is also available in hard copy, please contact 1800 772 273 to order.

Facing End of Life

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This booklet is for people who have terminal cancer. There is also information for family and friends of someone who is dying. It outlines what might happen physically, the emotional impact of knowing you are dying and how you can prepare for death.

Produced by: Cancer Council

Understanding Chemotherapy

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This booklet has been prepared to help you understand more about chemotherapy, one of the main treatments for cancer. It is anticipated that this information will answer some of your questions and help you think about other questions to ask your treatment team.

Produced by: Cancer Council

Nutrition and Cancer

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This booklet has been prepared to help you understand more about nutrition and dietary requirements during and after your cancer treatment. It provides helpful information on ways to manage common eating problems that may occur due to cancer or its treatment. It also includes information about support services which may be available to you.

Produced by: Cancer Council

Living with Advanced Cancer

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This booklet has been prepared to help you understand more about cancer that has spread from its original (primary) site or has come back (recurred).

Produced by: Cancer Council

Understanding Palliative Care

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This downloadable resource has been prepared to help you, your family and carers understand more about receiving palliative care. Although palliative care is for people with any advanced, life-limiting illness, this booklet has been written specifically for people affected by cancer.

Produced by: Cancer Council

Asking Questions Can Help

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This downloadable resources is an aid for people seeing the palliative care team. Its purpose is to help you get the information you want about palliative care.

Produced by: Palliative Care Australia