NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner has launched the latest edition of The Palliative Care Handbook at Greenwich Hospital on Wednesday.

For the first time, the eighth edition includes guidelines for palliative care and dementia, as well as addressing the role of nutrition and deprescribing in end-of-life care.

Professor Rod Macleod
Professor Rod MacLeod

The book is authored by HammondCare’s lead palliative care academic Professor Rod MacLeod and fellow authors, Associate Professor Sandy MacLeod from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and Jane Vella-Brincat, a clinical pharmacist at Christchurch Hospital.

The Palliative Care Handbook offers a thorough understanding of symptoms and treatments, which emphasises the importance of a holistic approach to managing patients’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

The latest edition again features as a key training and support resource for the HammondCare Consortium’s Palliative Care Home Support Program (PCHSP) which runs across much of NSW.

The book will be made available free of charge through the program to participating doctors, nurses, health professional, care workers, people facing end-of-life and their carers. Further resources are available from the Palliative Care Bridge site.

The first section of the book provides an explanation of palliative care as well as guidelines for alleviation of the symptoms and challenges commonly encountered. The second section is a comprehensive listing of drug information including unlicensed uses and interactions.

Since its first publication in 1994, The Palliative Care Handbook has been consistently revised, developed and updated to be an essential and practical international resource enabling quality palliative care.

For more information visit the publisher, HammondCare Media.

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