About 20 dedicated researchers and staff from Flinders’ Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying (RePaDD) will be among the hundreds of health and care experts taking residence in the flagship research facility when it opens in Flinders Village, Bedford Park, in mid-2024.
Matthew Flinders Fellow and Director of RePaDD Professor Jennifer Tieman says relocating to the HMRB will help bring the importance of palliative care to the forefront and address the reality of ageing, caring, dying, and grieving for the health system and for the community.
“Bringing palliative care into the new Health and Medical Research Building acknowledges that health professionals and the health system is identifying and responding to the care needs for people coming to the end of life,” she says.
“This is integral to health care.”
Prof Tieman is behind world-leading studies in palliative care, grief and bereavement and leads a series of nationally recognised palliative care programs.
These programs investigate critical issues in providing palliative care across all settings and changing attitudes towards death and dying in the community.
RePaDD researchers also explore the role of digital innovation in supporting people’s end-of-life experiences, and ensure access to palliative care evidence and practice within the health and aged care systems.
The future work of RePaDD will seek to further empower Australians to access support when needed and to equip health professionals with the tools and knowledge required to deliver quality palliative care in all care settings.