This stream will include abstracts addressing palliative care in specific population groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, children, CALD groups, disability groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ), refugees, prisoners, homeless populations and other underserved populations.
The ethics and law: interface with clinical practice
This stream focusses on the range of ethical and legal issues which influence clinical practice, across the spectrum. Examples include how these lenses have influenced and shaped the COVID-19 pandemic response, opioid and medicines regulation, elder abuse and ethical challenges related to the delivering of end-of-life and palliative care.
Innovate and change
This stream provides opportunities for submissions on new and innovative ideas and projects, including responses driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Abstracts should focus on how we can learn from successes and failures, use emerging technologies, challenge the status quo and offer opportunities for change, presenting alternative ways of operating and planning for the future.
Living, ageing and dying well: are we doing enough?
This stream focuses on ageing and palliative care. Abstracts may consider topics such as palliative care for older people, dementia, care across home-based, community, and residential aged care settings; the role of community in the support of the older person with palliative care needs, and responses to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety. This theme also considers whether or not current funding and training are sufficient in ensuring people are living, ageing and dying well.
Collaboration and integration: A interdisciplinary approach to care
This stream examines how we currently work together to provide care, and how we can further collaborate to provide an improved interdisciplinary and more integrated approach. Abstracts can focus on the range of disciplines and professionals involved in supporting a person with palliative care needs, including general practice, nurses and nurse practitioners, allied health practitioners, pharmacists, volunteers, and non-health professional partners in care to consider a truly transdisciplinary approach. Abstracts may consider collaboration in a range of settings and geographical locations (e.g rural and remote), volunteers, planning for enhanced collaborative care for the future, education and training, and models for best evidence integrated care.
Clinical care and practice
This stream aims to showcase research, project and clinical innovation which has led to improved knowledge and understanding of best approaches to deliver clinical care. This covers the diversity of palliative care practice and is inclusive of all dimensions of care (physical, psychosocial, spiritual and bereavement) for all age groups. It may also address clinical issues relating to specific clinical diagnoses.
Investing in strong systems and structures in palliative care
This stream addresses existing and emerging systems within palliative care and looks at what can be changed to strengthen the foundations of palliative care. Abstract topics would provide examples of this using international experience, advocacy, economics, data and evidence, policy change, digital health, and standards, quality and benchmarking. It also covers topics such as future sustainability, investing and sustaining a workforce, socialising dying, compassionate communities and approaches to deliver on the National Palliative Care Strategy 2018 and programs.
Your palliative care story
This is a special stream which provides a novel opportunity to utilise narrative and stories to learn from the experience of people with palliative care diagnoses, their family and caregivers and the community around them. The presenter must ensure that evidence of informed consent from the person whose story is being told has been obtained in accordance with local policies and procedures. Submissions should provide a short description of the story narrative for purposes of adjudication and selection, following which the PCA communications team will work with the author(s) to develop an audio-visual record of the story, which will be available in a ‘palliative care stories’ section on the online platform during the conference which delegates can access at any time. PCA reserves the right to share the stories on public platforms, such as, but not limited to, PCA’s Palliative Matters blog, social media platforms and website.