Acronyms and Abbreviations

Palliative care like many areas in health has many acronyms and abbreviations that can be confusing. Knowing what these initials mean can be illuminating.

ABS -  Australian Bureau of Statistics
ACAT -  Aged Care Assessment Team
ACCRM -  Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
ACP - Advance Care Planning
ADL -  Activities of Daily Living
AHPA - Allied Health Professions Australia
APHN -  Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Association
AHW -  Aboriginal Health Worker
AIHW -  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
AKPS - Australian Karnofsky Performance Status
AMA -  Australian Medical Association
ANZSPM -  Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine
APRAC -  Australian Palliative Care in Residential Aged Care
ARC -  Australian Research Council

CALD -  Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
CAM -  Complementary and Alternative Medicines
CAPC -  Centre to Advance Palliative Care
CATSIN -  Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses
CEBPARAC -  Comprehensive Evidence Based Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care
CHeRP -  Centre for Health Research & Psycho-oncology
CHF -  Consumer Health Forum
COMPAC -  Community Palliative Aged Care 
COPD -  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CoP -  Community of Practice
CPCER -  Centre for Palliative Care Education and Research
CPCRE -  Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education
CPD -  Continuing Professional Development
CRANA -  Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia

DOH -  Department of Health
DVA -  Department of Veterans' Affairs

EACH -  Extended Aged Care at Home
EACH-D -  Extended Aged Care at Home-Dementia
EAPC -  European Association of Palliative Care
EBM -  Evidence Based Medicine
EBP -  Evidence Based Practice
EBPC -  Evidence Based Palliative Care
EdCAN -  National Cancer Nursing Education Project
EN -  Enrolled Nurse
EoL -  End of Life
EPC -  Enhanced Primary Care
ESAS -  Edmonton Symptom Assessment System
eviQ -  eviQ Cancer Treatments Online

FECCA - Federation of Ethinc Communities' Council of Australia

GP -  General Practitioner

HIV/AIDS -  Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

IADL -  Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
IAHPC -  International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
IASP -  International Association for the Study of Pain
ICD -  International Classification of Diseases
IMG -  International Medical Graduate
IPOS -  International Psycho Oncology Society
IPP - SHR -  International Program of Psycho-Social Health
IT -  Information Technology

LOS - Length of Stay

MBS -  Medicare Benefits Schedule

MeSH -  Medical Subject Heading
MJA -  Medical Journal of Australia
MND -  Motor Neurone Disease
MS -  Multiple Sclerosis
MSOAP -  Medical Specialists Outreach Assistance Program

NACCHO -  National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
NAT: PD-C -  Needs Assessment Tool Progressive Disease – Cancer
NCPC -  National Council for Palliative Care (UK)
NHHRC -  National Health and Hospital Reform Commission
NHMRC -  National Health and Medical Research Council
NHPCO - National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (US)
NHS -  National Health Service (UK)
NICS -  National Institute of Clinical Studies
NPS -  National Prescribing Service
NSAP -  National Standards Assessment Program

OATSIH -  Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
OT -  Occupational Therapist

PaCCSC -  Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative
PBS -  Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
PCA -  Palliative Care Australia
PCNA -  Palliative Care Nurses Australia
PCC4U -  Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates
PCOC -  Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration
PCMWG -  Palliative Care Medications Working Group
PDSA -  Plan Do Study Act
PEPA -  Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach
PICO -  Population Intervention Comparison Outcomes 
PoCoG -  Psycho-Oncology Cooperative Research Group

QALY -  Quality Adjusted Life Year
QI -  Quality Improvement
QoL -  Quality of Life
QUM -  Quality Use of Medicines

RACF -  Residential Aged Care Facility
RACGP - Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
RCNA -  Royal College of Nursing Australia
RN -  Registered Nurse
RPC -  Respecting Patient Choices

SAS -  Symptom Assessment Scale
SF-36 -  Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form 36
SNAP -  Sub-acute, Non-acute and Palliative care
SPCACPAS - Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services

TGA  -  Therapeutic Goods Administration

WACCPC -  Western Australian Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care
WHO - World Health Organization
WPCA -  Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance


Last updated 6 February 2017