National Aotearoa palliative care research day Sunday 6th November 2022 in Christchurch, New Zealand

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My colleague Kaye Basire wanted everyone to know about this event which will precede the Hospice New Zealand conference 2022. The draft agenda can be downloaded below:

Aotearoa Palliative Care Research Day – Hybrid Event

We all recognise the importance of research in enhancing patient care. However, clinician led research in Aotearoa is often restrained by lack of support and resources. This is particularly acute in palliative care where there is often a sense of isolation due to the lack of national palliative care research strategy and network.

The Aotearoa Palliative Care Research Day is an opportunity for all current and budding palliative care researchers, to network and share ideas on advancing palliative care research in clinical settings. Prior research experience is not required.

Content of the day includes sharing of experience by practitioners who have incorporated research in their clinical work, translation of research findings into practice/policy and collaboration with academics.

The Dame Quentin Bryce Palliative Care Nursing Research Fund – Applications are now open!

Applications are now open for The Dame Quentin Bryce Palliative Care Nursing Research Fund – a new funding opportunity created to support research into palliative care nursing. The funds are offered by the Centre for Palliative Care (c/o St Vincent’s Hospital) and the Department of Nursing, The University of Melbourne.

Existing scholarship holders are eligible to apply (though please check the terms and conditions of your scholarship before applying).

Applications close on 25th June 2022. Please see the website here for more information and send any enquiries to shs-research@unimelb.edu.au

Volunteers sought for research on delirium


TITLE: Development of a core outcome set for effectiveness trials of interventions to prevent and/or treat delirium in palliative care (Del-COrS)

We are currently looking for volunteers including: patients, family members, carers, healthcare professionals and researchers with experience of delirium in palliative care.

Participants would complete two online surveys to establish their views on the outcomes that are important to include in future studies of interventions to prevent or to treat delirium in palliative care. We will subsequently invite participants to a meeting to discuss the findings and vote on outcomes they consider important.

Our goal is to develop international consensus on a core outcome set for research studies of treatments within a palliative care setting to prevent, and/or treat delirium.

Researchers look at the effects of potential treatments on patients by measuring an ‘outcome’. For example, in a study of how well a new delirium treatment works in a palliative care setting, an ‘outcome’ might be: whether a person hurt themselves because of delirium.

When a set of main outcomes has been agreed for a health condition, it’s called a ‘core outcome set’. This would allow all studies of delirium in palliative care to be compared and combined.

Please contact Dr Anna Bryans (Research Team Member) at abb526@york.ac.uk if you are interested in participating and pass on this information to anyone who may wish to take part.  

University of Melbourne survey for frontline health professionals on the impact of COVID

STUDY PURPOSE

This survey explores the important social, occupational and mental health effects experienced by frontline health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. As the pandemic has changed our social and work environments in many different ways, we want to hear the experiences of both frontline health workers who have and have not worked directly with people with COVID-19.

We will examine factors that promote good mental health and wellbeing, as well as risk factors for poorer mental health. Your input will inform recommendations to healthcare organisations and other professional bodies.

https://covid-19-frontline.com.au/

WE WANT YOU

This study focuses on the experiences of medical, nursing, allied health, clinical scientists/physiologists/technicians, healthcare students and clerical staff who are working in the following frontline areas:

  • Anaesthetics/Peri-operative Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Medicine
  • Hospital Aged Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Intensive Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Palliative Care
  • Paramedicine
  • Primary Care
  • Respiratory Medicine

People working in other frontline health areas (such as medical or surgical areas) are also welcome to take part.

You do not need to have worked directly with people with COVID-19 to participate, as we would like to hear from all frontline health workers.

Research on health practitioner norms and wellbeing in the context of assisted dying legislation

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Health practitioners are invited to participate in research concerning the assisted dying legislation in Victoria, and how it will affect health practitioner well-being and norm development, particularly in the work context. This study is being conducted by researchers from Flinders University.

Interested health practitioners can find out more and participate in the research here.

The researchers would also like to request that if you think it is appropriate, you share this invitation with other health practitioners. Please also feel free to contact the research team directly with any comments or questions (via the link above).

Study shows why cancer patients are asking for medicinal cannabis

I can tell you, it’s true! Many cancer patients are asking their clinicians for medicinal cannabis – but worryingly,  around one in four patients believing it will help in control or cure the cancer, a Victorian study has found.

This study was carried out by a team at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Parkville Integrated Palliative Care Service, lead by Dr Stacey Panozzo, investigated the characteristics and medicinal cannabis requests of 1700 patients with breast, colorectal, melanoma and oesophageal cancer patients attending the three centres over a six month period in 2018-2019.

The study was also featured in this Limbic Oncology article.

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Advance care planning survey for health professionals in Australia

Message from Advance Care Planning Australia:

 

Are you a doctor, nurse, social worker or allied health professional working with people affected by cancer?  We need your help to better understand the barriers and enablers of advance care planning for people with cancer.

Advance Care Planning Australia, supported by funding by Cancer Australia, is leading research to help more Australians affected by cancer to access the benefits of advance care planning.

Participation is easy and requires only 15 minutes of your time to complete an online survey. With your involvement we can help more people with cancer to receive care consistent with their values, goals and preferences.

Survey: http://bit.ly/2Cm44Es

Immunotherapy Symptoms Clinical Trials: a new paradigm Melbourne Wed 12th June

Would you like to learn more about immunotherapy use and trials in cancer and in palliative care?

Immunotherapy Symptoms Clinical Trials: a new paradigm forum

Palliative, supportive and cancer care professionals are invited to attend the VCCC and CST co-hosted Immunotherapy Symptoms Clinical Trials: a new paradigm forum to progress clinical trials concepts in this evolving oncology field, recognise achievements, celebrate success and make connections for future directions. 

Palliative care progress and achievements

The VCCC Building Trial Group Capability Program initial investment is focused on developing the palliative care group as a key priority area. The group’s development and activities have been underway for more than 12 months; it is timely to celebrate progress and achievements.

Here is a program for the day

Registrations are now open for the palliative care sessions in the afternoon. Please note you will need to register for morning and afternoon sessions separately.

Survey – clinical trials in specialist palliative care

If you are a nurse, doctor or allied health professional in a specialist palliative care service please consider contributing to the survey below. It does not take long.

“Attitudes of Palliative Care Practitioners Towards Enrolling Patients in Clinical Trials

We would appreciate your participation in this survey as a health care professional who provides care to patients in palliative care settings.
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#ANZSPM18 Conference – New Frontiers

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The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine 2018 Conference #ANZSPM18 is off the a great start, with many excellent plenaries & proffered papers presented on day 1 – following an excellent Trainee Day & pre-Conference workshop on thought leadership.

Day 2 promises to be even more awesome, starting off with keynote speaker Tom Le Blanc sharing his insights on collaboration & integration between palliative care & haematology. The rest of the day will feature a variety of plenaries & concurrent sessions on the new frontiers of palliative medicine – the theme of the conference. I’m also looking forward to the conference dinner tonight!

You can find the sides for my presentation on Palliative Care in Heart & Lung Transplantation here: HLTX PC ANZSPM18 Chi Li

Enjoy!