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CareSearch is a national online resource providing trustworthy information and resources about palliative care across the life course, across the system and across the community. The information held on the CareSearch website has been developed and reviewed by Australian health professionals to ensure its quality and relevance.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, CareSearch was developed by the CareSearch Project Team 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.

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - CareSearch.

Last reviewed: December 2023

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