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West Moreton Region Care at the End of Life

The West Moreton region is located approximately 50km west of Brisbane in Queensland. The region has a total population of over 290,000 people and covers an area of 9,521 square kilometers from Esk in the north, Gatton in the west, Ipswich in the east and Boonah in the south. A significant challenge for West Moreton is the expected 43% increase in the population from 2016 to 2026 and the 113% increase to 593,000 by 2036.  Furthermore, the population of older people in the West Moreton region is anticipated to grow by 83% in the next 10 year.

A West Moreton Care at the End of Life Collaborative was established in 2018 to develop and execute a shared action plan that addresses gaps in capacity and capability to provide quality care at the end of life. The Knowledge Framework is part of a suite of work being undertaken by this Collaborative to improve care at the end of life for our growing population. This project has been funded by the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network.

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Network of health professionals

In the West Moreton Region, the care for people living with a life-limiting illness is undertaken by a network of health professionals, organisations, services, social supports and family. There is a plethora of services and organisations that provide and contribute to palliative care for this community.

The West Moreton Region Care at the End-of-Life Collaborative has developed a Knowledge Framework for health professionals and professional caregivers who provide care at the end of life. The intent of The Framework is to provide a guide for individuals and organisations regarding what they need to know as ‘core business’ in their specific role including medical professionals, nurses, allied health clinicians, Queensland Ambulance Service, paediatric and professional caregivers.

Based on the findings of a needs analysis the Knowledge Framework provides a user friendly, clear guide to relevant education programs, courses, tools and local regional contacts, with hyperlinks.

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Action Plan

West Moreton Care at the End of Life Collaborative Action Plan

In August 2018, the first Action Plan (2018 – 2021) was approved by the Care at the End of Life Collaborative. The action plan was implemented over the next two years.

In June 2020, a review of the 2018-2020 action plan was completed, and it was evident that seven of the nine original action had been completed. The two remaining actions were stalled by the restrictions associated with the COVID19 pandemic. The CaEoL Collaborative agreed at a meeting in July 2020 to start work on the next action plan, from 2021 – 2024.

This (second) Action Plan was developed following a Planning Workshop conducted in November 2020 and endorsed by the Collaborative in February 2021.

Community Focused Actions
Long term goal - To develop the West Moreton region in to a compassionate community, building the community’s capacity to care for people approaching the end of life

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Action 1

Establish a social media profile for the Care at the End of Life Collaborative, including a Facebook page.

Short term action.

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Action 2

In collaboration with Palliative Care Queensland, deliver a minimum of three ‘Last Aid’ workshops in the West Moreton Region within 12 months.

Short term action.

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Action 3

Co-design (with community) and implement a Community Information Program, including sessions that can be delivered to community groups, schools, businesses and diverse communities. .

Medium term action.

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Action 4

Hold a Good Life, Good Death Expo (in collaboration with Palliative Care Queensland) in West Moreton to provide information and education around end of life care to the local community.

Medium term action.

Actions to improve access
Long Term Goal - To achieve equitable access to quality care at the end of life for all members of the West Moreton community, regardless of age, diagnosis, location, disability status, socio-economic status or social circumstances.

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Action 1

Increase representation from diverse, vulnerable and fringe populations on the care at the End of Life Collaborative.

Short term action.

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Action 2

Establish a sub-committee of the care at the End of Life Collaborative to work specifically with Prison Health Services with the aim of improving systems of care at the end of life for prisoners in the West Moreton region.

Short term action.

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Action 3

Complete a needs assessment and gap analysis of care at the end of life for people from diverse communities, vulnerable communities and fringe communities in the West Moreton region, to fully understand the extent of needs and demand.

Medium term action.

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Action 4

Codesign an advocacy platform for diverse, vulnerable and fringe communities with regard to their care at the end of life to enable all stakeholders to advocate for resources, policy change and funding in this space.

Medium term action.

Actions to improve knowledge
Long Term Goal - To build on the Care at the End of Life Knowledge Framework by establishing tools and opportunities to raise awareness and improve knowledge

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Action 1

Deliver monthly Courageous Conversations workshops across the West Moreton region for all health professionals and unregistered care workers.

Short term action.

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Action 2

Host an annual, free Care at the End of Life Forum for health professionals and unregistered care workers in the West Moreton region.

Short term action.

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Action 3

Development of a regional orientation program for care at the end of life, for new staff of all stakeholder organisations.

Medium term action.

Actions to strengthen workforce
Long Term Goal - To build a quality, trained / educated and sustainable workforce that can meet the increasing needs of the growing population of West Moreton.

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Action 1

Complete a workforce planning project for care at the end of life in the West Moreton region. This project will address specialist, community and generalist care providers and will provide recommendations for workforce for the next ten years.

Medium term action.

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Action 2

Development of a regional framework for after hours support for people approaching the end of life in the community. This will include a barriers analysis, workforce requirements and costings.

Medium term action.

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Conference Posters

The West Moreton Care at the End of Life Collaborative have showcased their work with three posters presented at conferences between December 2018 and December 2019
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Members of the Collaborative