Guidelines for the handling of palliative care medicines in community services. Version 2 June 2020
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
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Guidelines for the handling of palliative care medicines in community services. Version 2 June 2020

Presenter Wendy Newton, Nurse Education Consultant

Wendy Newton RN, Cert IV Grad Cert (Perioperative)

Wendy is an experienced Registered Nurse with over 30 years of post-graduate experience. During the last 20 years. Wendy has worked in the perioperative environment, primarily as an Anaesthetic Nurse.

Although she has also worked in other areas of the perioperative environment, including endoscopy and as Clinical Nurse in Anaesthetics, relieving the Theatre Manager for periods of leave.

During this time Wendy contributed to ACORNS Standard for the reprocessing of reusable medical devices. More recently she has been working in a Post Anaesthetic Care Unit. 

Currently, she works in Alcohol and Other Drugs as a methadone Nurse while she is working toward a PhD examining the policies concerning animals in Aged Care and how these policies might affect both residents and animals.

Course Content

These guidelines have been developed as a part of the [email protected] project and are endorsed by Palliative Care Australia. They represent a consensus-based approach to the handling of palliative care medicines by community services, and consider jurisdictional legislative requirements, policies and guidelines across all Australian states and territories.

Many patients receiving palliative care wish to remain at home for as long as possible. To help achieve this aim, they need rapid access to medicines to provide symptom relief. If symptom relief is not achieved, patients may need to present to their local emergency department and this can result in unwanted admissions to acute care facilities and poor patient outcomes.

Copyright 2020 Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative and NPS MedicineWise

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Gain an understanding of Medicine storage
  • Explore medicine prescribing and administration
  • Review after-hours emergency situations
  • Investigate dose administration aids and subcutaneous infusions