Te Arai: Palliative and End of Life Research Group seminar series - Dr Rosemary Frey Event as iCalendar

07 March 2018

3:30 - 4:30pm

Venue: 503-028

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton

Host: SHARE: Supportive Hospice and Aged Residential Exchange

Contact email: la.williams@auckland.ac.nz

The health of older people is becoming an issue of growing concern in New Zealand.

Supporting residential aged care (RAC) healthcare staff in developing their skills and knowledge to care for residents with a life-limiting illness is of great importance. Palliative care for frail older people is becoming more of a focus for hospices as well.

What is SHARE?

SHARE is a new model of providing palliative care that has been designed to integrate specialist palliative care and residential aged care services. It has been trialled using the services of senior nurses from Mercy Hospice and Hospice North Shore and staff in residential aged care.

SHARE includes focused palliative care needs assessment, clinical coaching, and role modelling. SHARE builds on the strengths of current palliative care practice in RAC by combining new learning with the skills clinical staff already use.

SHARE also improves specialist palliative care nurses knowledge and skill to care for frail older people. The SHARE model of care provides a mechanism to support knowledge exchange between hospice staff and clinical care staff with the goal of improving palliative care delivery within RAC facilities.


Drawing on early results from an evaluation of SHARE in twenty residential aged care facilities, Rosemary will explore staff palliative care experience and education as well as measures of psychological wellbeing.

Rosemary will also discuss the views of family members of residents who died in the facilities during the first six months of SHARE.

Her results of the evaluation will provide evidence regarding the potential of the SHARE intervention to improve integration between specialist palliative care services and RAC facilities.


Dr. Rosemary Frey, SHARE project leader, is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and a Freemasons Foundation Senior Research Fellow