What's New in the Community

Read palliative care news and events around Australia. Please note that the links below were current at the time of posting, however links may become obsolete as websites update their content.

29 March 2020

Queensland Health inquiry report released

The Queensland Health, Communities, Disability Service and Domestic Violence Prevention Committee has released its first reports from its Inquiry into Aged Care, End-of-Life and Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying.

16 March 2020

Evaluation of the National Palliative Care Projects Final Report March 2020

This evaluation report describes the assessment and evaluation of the National Palliative Care Projects which are funded under the Public Health and Chronic Disease Grant Program. The Report outlines key findings and recommendations.

13 March 2020

RACGP aged care clinical guide Part B released

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has released Part B of their aged care clinical guide. Covering General approaches to aged care the Part B of the guide includes sections on a range of topics including Principles of multimorbidity, Palliative care approach, and Advance care planning.

3 March 2020

Release of Speech Pathology Australia Position Statement

Speech Pathology Australia has released The Role of the Speech Pathologist in Supporting Informed Choice and Shared Decision Making in Dysphagia’ which reflects its position regarding the role of speech pathologists in supporting informed decision-making with people choosing not to follow dysphagia recommendations. This Position Statement is relevant to speech pathologists working with people of all ages: patients, carers, family members, and legal decision-makers.

3 March 2020

Health Consult survey into Use of palliative care predictive or prognostic tools

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care have commissioned Health consult to survey healthcare workers to determine:

  • the tools used by healthcare workers to identify patients nearing the end of life
  • the extent to which these tools are used within different settings
  • the facilitators and barriers for using the tools.

The survey is now open and will take 5-10 minutes to complete.

10 February 2020

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has released their response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Consultation

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has released their response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Consultation paper 1 – Aged Care Program redesign: Services for the future (544kb pdf). It is now publicly available on the PCA website.
5 February 2020

Release of the Implementation Plan One 2020-2022 of the WA End-of-Life and Palliative Care Strategy 2018-2028

On 5th February 2020, the Western Australia Department of Health released the Implementation Plan One 2020-2022 (IP1) (1.36MB pdf) of the WA End-of-Life and Palliative Care Strategy 2018-2028 (1.42MB pdf). The plan has been developed following extensive consultation with the public and private inpatient community and aged care sectors, and community stakeholders.
3 February 2020

ACD Framework Review

Between June and August 2019 Nous Group (Nous) undertook work to understand the strengths and limitations of the 2011 National Framework for Advance Care Directives.
The draft National Framework for Advance Care Planning Documents is now available for public consultation until March 31st, 2020.  Nous welcomes written submissions on the framework from individuals, organisations or any other interested parties.
14 January 2020

Barriers to accessing quality palliative care for people from under-served populations or people with complex needs

In January 2020 the Australian Government Department of Health released a series of reports exploring the barriers to accessing quality palliative care for people from under-served populations or people with complex needs. Australian Healthcare Associates were engaged by the Department in 2018 to undertake the exploratory analysis including workshops held in major centres across the country.  The 10 final reports are now available for download:

  • Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care – Summary Policy Paper
  • Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care – Issues Report on People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
  • Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care – Issues Report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care – Issues Report on Care Leavers and People Affected by Forced Adoption
  • Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care – Issues Report on People with Disabilities
  • Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care – Issues Report on People Experiencing Homelessness
  • Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care – Issues Report on People who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex
  • Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care – Issues Report on People who are Incarcerated
  • Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care – Issues Report on Refugees
  • Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Palliative Care – Issues Report on Veterans
29 November 2019

Palliative Care Australia elects new Board Chair (100kb pdf)

At the Annual General Meeting and Board meeting, held November 2019, Palliative Care Australia (PCA) elected Prof Meera Agar, Professor of Palliative Medicine and a Professor at the IMPACCT (Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation) Centre at the University of Technology Sydney, as Chair of the PCA Board. Elected to the position of Deputy Chair was Helen Walker, Nurse Unit Manager of the Laurel Hospice at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, who also serves as the Deputy Chair of Palliative Care South Australia and Deputy Chair of the Laurel Palliative Care Foundation. Read the PCA media release (100kb pdf) for more.
18 November 2019

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) launches free app

On November 15, 2019, ACGB released a free app designed to support people experiencing grief and bereavement. The MyGrief app is evidence-based and assists people to assess how effectively they are currently managing their grief, and provides support, guidance and strategies to enable them to self-manage their grief journey.
8 November 2019

Dementia Australia call to systematise and customise palliative and end of life care

In their discussion paper ‘Dying Well – Improving palliative and end of life care for people with dementia’ released on October 30, 2019, Dementia Australia has called on the Victorian State government (in collaboration with the Commonwealth government) to systematise and customise palliative care for people with dementia, acknowledging the contextual complexities of dementia care within the different health care and community settings. The full set of papers for Federal, Queensland, Victoria, and NSW governments are available from Dementia Australia as of November 28th.
8 November 2019

COAG agenda includes palliative care (336kb pdf)

At the October 31st, 2019 meeting of Health ministers from the Commonwealth, each state and territory and New Zealand a range of national health issues were discussed. Among them three items related to palliative care and advanced care planning.
1 November 2019

Interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has released an Interim Report setting out most of their findings to September 2019. The report highlights three areas requiring immediate action and major quality and safety issues including ‘patchy and fragmented palliative care for residents who are dying’. Submissions in response to the content of the Interim Report are invited until the end of April 2020. The Final Report will be handed to the Governor-General on 12 November 2020.