Development timeline: December 2018 – December 2019
New guidance to support clinical decision making to prescribe, order and administer anticipatory medicines in community-based palliative care.
Why are we developing this guidance?
There is a need to develop statewide guidance for using anticipatory medicines.
Consumers tell us that they want to be cared for and die at home. Anticipatory medicines are one way this can happen and are an important part of community-based palliative care. When anticipatory medicines are in place, the common symptoms in the last days of life such as pain, nausea, breathlessness and agitation are more easily managed and may prevent ambulance attendance and / or admission to hospital.
This new guidance supports the priorities in the Victorian end of life and palliative care framework where patients receive services that are coordinated and integrated, and that quality end of life and palliative care is everyone’s responsibility.
Scope of guidance
This guideline is for all healthcare professionals in hospital and community settings who provide palliative or end of life care to support Victorian patients, who are:
- receiving palliative care from their healthcare provider
- have expressed a preference to be cared for and /or die at home.
Expert working group membership
|Angela Dredge||Chair, Director of Nursing||Continuing & Palliative Care, Peninsula Health|
|Dr Scott King||Chair, Palliative Medicine Specialist||Calvary Health Care Bethlehem|
|Ka-Yee Chen||Chief Pharmacist||Calvary Health Care Bethlehem|
|Dr Peter Eastman||Co-head of Palliative Care Department||Palliative Medicine Specialist, Barwon Health|
|Dr Claire Hepper||General Practitioner||Creswick Medical Centre|
|Dr Naomi Katz||Palliative Medicine Specialist||Alfred Health|
|Dr Hanan Khalil||Pharmacy Academic||Monash University|
|Dr Chien-Che Lin||Palliative Medicine Specialist||Banksia Palliative Care|
|Melanie Mattinson||Palliative Care Nurse Specialist||Ballarat Hospice Care|
|Jeremy McKnight||Lived experience|
|Adriana Mulla||Lived experience|
|Kirsten Oataway||ANUM Palliative Care||Austin Health|
|James Oswald||Paramedic||Ambulance Victoria|
|Joanne Spurge||Clinical Nurse Consultant||Portland District Health|
|Dr Anh Tran||Emergency Physician||Mercy Health|
|Heather Wickham||Palliative Care Nurse Consultant||Northeast Health Wangaratta|
|Anita Wild||Nurse Practitioner||Bendigo Health|
|Loretta Williams||Palliative Care Nurse Consultant||Western Health|
|Tim Wendt||Director of Pharmacy||West Gippsland Healthcare Group|
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Last updated 14 Nov 2019
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