Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, CareSearch was developed by the CareSearch Project Team www.caresearch.com.au at Flinders University, South Australia. CareSearch has been providing evidence-based information on palliative care for the Australian community since 2008.
When an illness cannot be cured and death will follow at some point, the focus of care changes to helping people have the best quality of life possible while managing their symptoms. The aim of palliative care is to help people live their life comfortably and as fully as possible by supporting their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Support for family and carers is also part of palliative care. Having trustworthy information to support decision-making at this time is important because death and dying will affect all of us.
Vision and mission
To ensure everyone receiving or providing palliative care has access to trustworthy evidence-informed information to support person-centred decision-making and the transition to palliative care.
How CareSearch can help
The CareSearch Project consolidates online palliative care knowledge for health professionals, people needing palliative care and their families, and for the general community.
All content is open access. There are specific sections written for patients and families, GPs, nurses, and allied health professionals. Additional support for those caring for older people can be found on the palliAGED website.
To ensure that what is published on the websites is trustworthy, CareSearch has developed and uses quality processes to ensure a structured approach to evidence retrieval, appraisal, and communication.
Information help lines
- Call (08) 7221 8233 Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm ACST
- Email: email@example.com
Programs, apps and tools
- Palliative Care Support for Patients, Carers, and Families booklet
- Community and consumer resources (download or order printed copies)
- Health professional resources (download or order printed copies)