Australians come from many different backgrounds. One in four Australians were born overseas. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are 2.4% of Australia's population. Over 13% of Australians are over 65 years. Each group may have specific palliative care needs.
Australia is also a geographically diverse country. Where we live can influence how we live and what services are available. This has implications for how care is provided.
When planning for services, these population characteristics need to be considered. They will affect what care is provided and where it is provided. They can also lead to new approaches to care.