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New study exploring rural palliative care from the perspective of primary caregivers

  • by Kate Bowman
  • February 14, 2024

A new national study is being conducted on what is working well in rural palliative care from the perspective of primary care givers, with the aim to improve knowledge and access to palliative care in rural and remote areas.

The project is an initiative of The University of South Australia’s Department of Rural Health and is part of a larger research project, the Palliative Care Research Collaboration, supported by The Hospital Research Foundation Group. Led by research student and registered nurse, Marylouise Freeman and Associate Professor Kate Gunn, the study will explore positive palliative care experiences from the perspective of primary care givers.

The study is calling for people who have been the main carer to someone who has died in a rural area within the past two years and who received rural palliative care to share their experiences on what they found worked well for them and their loved one. The lived experiences explored in the study will provide insights to service providers and policy makers, with the aim to replicate methods that were found to work well in other rural settings.

Palliative Care NSW is encouraging our rural members and palliative care clinicians, GPs and allied health professionals to pass this research opportunity onto carers you previously have supported, as those carer insights are essential to the study and will be valuable for the palliative care sector and rural communities here in NSW and nationally.

For more information on the study, click here.

This flyer aimed at care givers is a great information sheet to share, click here.

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