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Palliative Care and COVID-19: Grief, Bereavement and Mental Health

PCA’s new Palliative Care and COVID-19: Grief, Bereavement and Mental Health outcomes paper provides recommendations for policy makers, health and aged care leaders and professionals, and consumers and carers to meet the mental health, grief and bereavement needs of Australians during the current pandemic and any future pandemics or disasters.

As part of its planning and leadership for the palliative care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, PCA held two strategic forums in 2020 with experts in palliative care, grief, bereavement and mental health to identify the emerging issues, available resources and gaps in current service provision. The outcomes paper summarises the key outcomes of these two strategic meetings together with key research to identify the immediate and longer term issues which will have ongoing impact in the Australian community. Reflecting on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and investing in strategic solutions will ensure that Australia is well equipped to manage the grief, bereavement and mental health challenges ahead.

Palliative Care and COVID-19: Grief, Bereavement and Mental Health

 

 

 

Palliative Care and COVID-19: Grief, Bereavement and Mental Health, December 2020 outcomes paper

 

 

 

 

Media Release: New paper warns of COVID-19 impact on grief, bereavement and mental health

The impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of palliative care during 2020

This invite-only live-streamed event was hosted by ABC broadcaster, Dr Norman Swan and our Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care Co-Convenors, Senator Catryna Bilyk and The Hon Nola Marino MP on 4 December 2020. This event was an opportunity to reflect on the issues that have emerged for palliative care during the pandemic and also the activities and issues addressed by the Australian COVID-19 Palliative Care Working Group. The video of this event is available below.

Dr Will Cairns OAM and Rachel Coghlan provided an understanding of the scope of challenges that a pandemic or disaster poses for the delivery of health services, in particular for palliative care.

Dr Norman Swan conducted interviews and Q & A with:

  • Professor Meera Agar, Chair, PCA
  • Professor Michael Kidd AM, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and Principal Medical Advisor, Australian Government Department of Health
  • Associate Professor Mark Boughey, Director of Palliative Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Safer Care Victoria Clinical Lead, Palliative Care Clinical Network
  • Professor Liz Lobb, Professor of Palliative Care, Deputy Chair, Calvary Palliative and End of Life Care Research Institute
  • Janeane Harlum, President Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA)

Professor Agar launched PCA’s outcomes paper Palliative Care and COVID-19: Grief, Bereavement and Mental Health. This paper provides recommendations for policy makers, health and aged care leaders and professionals, and consumers and carers to meet the mental health, grief and bereavement needs of Australians during the current pandemic and any future pandemics or disasters.

Reflecting on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and investing in strategic solutions will ensure that Australia is well equipped to manage the grief, bereavement and mental health challenges ahead.

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