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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.

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Feedback on draft guidelines on organ transplantation

The public consultation on the draft Ethical guidelines for organ transplantation from deceased donors   will close on 6 March at 5:00pm AEDT. To make a submission, visit the NHMRC Public Consultations website.

Dementia Research Priorities

NHMRC consultation and survey shows that finding ways to prevent dementia, improving diagnosis and better care are considered top priorities for future dementia research.

National Palliative Care Service Directory

Maintained by Palliative Care Australia, the National Palliative Care Service Directory provides information about specialist palliative care service providers, state or territory palliative care organisations and community support agencies. The directory replaces PCA Connect as a source of palliative care service information.

Global status report on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) 2014

This World Health Organization report looks at the prevention and control of NCDs. The report provides data on the current situation, identifying bottlenecks as well as opportunities and priority actions for attaining targets.

Successful Linkage grants: Decision Assist

The successful Linkage grants for the Decision Assist Program have been announced. They  will develop communication pathways and tools that support improved coordination and quality of end-of-life care between palliative care services and services in receipt of Commonwealth home care or residential aged care funding. Successful recipients are listed by state:

Optimal Care Pathways

Cancer Council Victoria is seeking feedback on two care pathways over the period to 11th February, 2015. Input from medical colleges, peak organisations and other interested groups/individuals is being sought. This public consultation round relates to:
  • Optimal cancer care for people with ovarian cancer
  • Optimal cancer care for people with high grade glioma.

NSAP Update

NSAP is moving into an online environment continuing the self-assessment of palliative care standards at a new website. Check out the new site at 

CareSearch develops Decision Assist resources

A set of resources has been developed by the CareSearch team to support the Decision Assist Program. They include:

Last updated 29 January 2015