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Indigenous Palliative Care Project

Providing culturally appropriate palliative care: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resource Kit Project

Aims

The aim of this project was to respond to the findings of the National Indigenous Palliative Care Needs Study for practice principles and educational resources to support mainstream health providers in providing culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Goals

The key goals of this project were to ensure that:

  • Mainstream palliative care services had the resources required to educate the health workforce in providing culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Mainstream palliative care services were able to cater sensitively and flexibly to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a life-limiting illness.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were aware of what services were offered by mainstream palliative care services.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were confident that mainstream services could offer real choice of care for those who had a life-limiting illness.

These goals reflect a response to the goals and objectives outlined in the National Palliative Care Strategy.

Funding

This project was funded by the Australian Government as part of the National Palliative Care Program.

There were two phases to the project:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resource Kit 

Introduction

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Page Authors: Jenny Butler (Manager, Training Design, Wodonga Institute of TAFE) and Julie Mueller (Project Officer, Palliative Care Section, Department of Health and Ageing)

Last updated 16 February 2009*