Marg Adams, RN, NP, MNP(CDM), MCN(PallC), GDPC
Marg is an experienced Registered Nurse (34 years) and Nurse Practitioner (11 years) with an extensive clinical and professional background which extends across the continuum including acute care, specialist palliative care, hospice, residential aged care and primary care and community settings. She has post graduate qualifications in specialty areas of palliative care and chronic disease management. Marg was endorsed as Queensland’s first Community based palliative care nurse practitioner in 2007. Marg is passionate about all things palliative care; including education and mentorship, health care workforce development and consumer engagement, particularly in primary health care settings.
Palliative care and dementia: Managing complex symptoms
Saturday 1 September | View program for more details
Palliative care is integral to the whole health system. It’s core business in aged care and increased focus in primary care and general practice is due to the greater community voice expressing their wish to die at home. Unfortunately, the goal of home death can present challenges, particularly for people requiring support and management of complex symptoms associated with a diagnosis of Dementia.
For patients, families and their communities to receive excellent palliative care in line with their wishes, the health and social sector needs to connect with the consumers and local communities to create a network of care around people experiencing loss, ageing, dying and grief.
Palliative Care Queensland is leading a number of projects and initiatives specifically aimed at connecting end of life care in partnership with key stakeholders and consumers in Northern Queensland, for example:
1) The Connecting End of Life Care (CELC) project in Townsville, Cairns and Mackay are building culture and networks with an aim to improve systems and practice.
2) Queensland Compassionate Commnities (QCC – The community arm of PCQ) is an exciting statewide initative building relationships with community groups, encouraging community and sector partnerships and promoting community development and engagement.
This presentation will:
– Provide an overview of the palliative care management strategies that health care providers may implement to support people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers in the place of their choice.
– Update participants on current PCQ project activities and an opportunity for the audience to consider how they can build networks around people at the end of life in their PHN.