This section will keep you up to date with news and events in the palliative care community. Please note that links below were current at time of posting, however links may become obsolete as websites update content.
Consultation on the Draft Statement on End-of-Life Care in Acute Hospitals
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is seeking feedback on its draft National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care in acute hospitals(the Consensus Statement). Interested parties are invited to provide feedback by 31 March through completing a brief survey or by making a detailed written submission.
2014 Dementia Grants Program
Over $2.6 million worth of grants will be made availalble through the Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation in two grant rounds during 2014. The first grant round is now open and will close on 4 April.
This website will help people with dementia to plan ahead for your future. It is a practical and comprehensive resource for people across Australia and provides information needed to make decisions and put them into action
ANZSPM Position Statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine has adopted a position statement on the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Measuring Up 2013
This report analyses the publication output of NHMRC health and medical research funding. The results show that NHMRC-supported research significantly outperformed other comparable Australian research over the five-year study period (2005-2009).
NHMRC Grant Announcement
Outcomes for the following NHMRC grant schemes were released on 18 February 2014: Development Grants, Partnerships for Better Health - Partnership Projects, Program Grants, Postgraduate Scholarships and Targeted Call - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.There are several successful grants relating to decision making.
SA Advance Care Directives DIY Kit
From 1 July 2014 South Australians will be able to use the new Advance Care Directive Form in the kit to write down how they would like others to make decisions for them if there comes a time when they are unable to make these decisions themselves. A draft DIY kit and feedback form is availble for comments.
Review and Evaluation of the National Pain Strategy
Painaustralia is seeking participation in a review and evaluation of progress being made to implement the National Pain Strategy and provide evidence-based care to patients with severe pain conditions.
Cancer Australia’s framework of research priorities
Cancer Australia and its 2014 Funding Partners invite applications for Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Grants to commence in 2015. Applications close 5 March 2014. One of the priority areas is Patient support, Survivorship or End-of-Life care Cancer Control, Survivorship & Outcomes:
- Patient Care, Survivorship Issues, or End-of-Life Care including Complementary and Alternative Approaches
- Cost Analyses, Health Care Delivery and Surveillance
- Behaviour, Education and Communication
Medical Workforce 2012
The supply of employed medical practitioners in Australia increased from 323.2 to 355.6 full-time equivalent practitioners per 100,000 population between 2008 and 2012, which reflected a 16.4% rise in employed practitioner numbers. Women made up 37.9% of practitioners in 2012 compared with 34.9% in 2008.
Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme
Scholarship applications to undertake continuing professional education activities and short courses will open 3 March 2014.
2014-15 Pre-Budget Submission
Palliative Care Australia has released a pre budget submission outlining ten areas of palliatiive care needs.
Global Atlas of Palliative Care
The World Health Organization and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance have published publish Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the end of lifeThis resource attempts to quantify the need for and availability of palliative care worldwide.
Free palliative care workshops in Tasmania
People living in Tasmania are invited to register for the first round of face-to-face workshops to be offered across the state, starting with Hobart, Launceston and Burnie in February. The half-day sessions are designed to familiarise participants with the COMPAC guidelines and provide the tools for participants to translate the guidelines into their own settings. Delivery of the workshops will be through two streams: professional and volunteer.
Last updated 5 March 2014