caring@home is an Australian Government-funded project aiming to improve the quality of palliative care service delivery by making available a range of resources for community service providers, health care professionals and carers that support people to be cared for and to die at home, if that is their choice.
As a part of the project, NPS MedicineWise has collaborated with caring@home to develop medicines guidelines and a smartphone app to be used by prescribers to support carers helping to manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines.
Palliative Care Medicine Guidelines
The Guidelines for the handling of palliative care medicines in community services present consensus-based best practice for the handling of palliative care medicines in community settings.
The palliMEDS smartphone app is available for authorised prescribers and pharmacists to familiarise them with eight palliative care medicines endorsed by the Australian & New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM), for management of common emergent terminal symptoms using the subcutaneous route.