About

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

The Collaborative developed it’s first action plan in August 2018. This is a three-year plan that aims to improve understanding, access, quality and availability of care for people with a serious, life-limiting illness in the West Moreton Region.
Actions to improve understanding

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Action 1

Develop a West Moreton regional framework for knowledge and understanding of care at the end of life for health professionals.

Care at the End of Life Knowledge Framework developed and launched in August 2019. Project funded by Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN.

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Action 2

Organise and host a free interdisciplinary End of Life Forum in the West Moreton Region, for all staff and professionals working in services providing care at the end of life
Flying in Formation Forum Held in August 2019.
120 participants.
Forum funded by Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN.

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Action 3

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.

Planned for late 2020 and postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Actions to improve access

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Action 1

Develop a West Moreton region health pathways for palliative care and specialist palliative care.

End of Life and Palliative Care Health Pathways developed and launched in July 2019 as part of the West Moreton Health Pathways Project

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Action 2

Develop an information hub for people diagnosed with a life limiting illness in the West Moreton Region.
Consumer groups held in August 2019.
Development and launch of Care at the End of Life Collaborative Website in June 2020

Actions to improve quality

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Action 1

Co-design of integrated processes with QAS for care at the end of life.

Project to develop a toolkit for paramedics completed June 2020.
Project funded by Clinical Excellence Queensland.

Actions to improve availability

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Action 1

Undertake comprehensive mapping of community assets (formal and informal groups) to include on Collaborative website.

Completed in June 2020 and information incorporated in to the Collaborative website.
Project funded by Darling Down and West Moreton PHN.

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Action 2

Hold a Compassionate Communities Conversation Forum in the region.
Compassionate Communities Conversation Forum hosted by Pallative Care Queensland helf in June 2019 in Ipswich.
30 community participants attended.

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Action 3

Establish a Compassionate Community in the West Moreton region

Seeking funding for a project to establish a compassionate community.

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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