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.

30 July 2021

National Medicines Policy Review Committee and Terms of Reference

The Australian Government has commissioned a Review of the National Medicines Policy (NMP). An Expert Advisory Committee will lead the review chaired by Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd AM.  The review will ensure that Australia’s NMP remains fit for purpose  in terms of quality, timeliness of access and viability of the industry.
13 July 2021

Palliative care: New, amended and deleted PBS items

NPS Medicinewise has provided a summary of changes made to opioids, non-opioids, a constipation medicine and miscellaneous medicines supports quality use and access for palliative care on the PBS.

12 July 2021

2021 PCA Art Competition

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is inviting the public to submit entries to their 2021 Art competition. This year's theme is Live as well as possible, as long as possible and the deadline is on 25 August 2021.

12 July 2021

Feedback on paediatric palliative care paper

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is seeking feedback on the Paediatric Palliative Care Discussion Paper to help inform the national action plan. Children, young persons, family members or carers who have experienced or is experiencing paediatric palliative, including health services and interested professionals, are invited to answer the online questionnaire.

12 July 2021

Rapid review of the literature: End-of-life care

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) engaged Flinders University's Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying to undertake a rapid review of the literature to provide an update of the current evidence base that could inform a revision of the National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe, high-quality end-of-life care. Recommendations from the study include the need to support Australian hospitals to apply a whole-of-organisation approach to enable quality end-of-life care.

28 June 2021

Australian commission on safety and quality in health care new releases in end-of-life care.

The Commission engaged Flinders University’s Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying (RePaDD) to undertake a rapid review of the literature to provide an update of the current evidence base that could inform a revision of the National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe, high-quality end-of-life care. The publication, Rapid review of the literature: End-of-life care, was released in June 2021 and is available for download.

In May 2021 the Commission released a guide to support implementation of the six actions withing the Comprehensive Care Standard for end-of-life care. The Delivering and supporting comprehensive end-of-life care user guide can now be downloaded from the Commission’s website.

10 June 2021

National framework for advance care planning documents

On June 8, 2021 the Australian Government Department of Health released the National framework for advance care planning document outlining ethical considerations and best practice principles to support cross state and territory recognition of Advance Care Directives.

8 June 2021

Have you used the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care Portal?

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet invite you to complete a 10 minute survey to help improve your experience as a valued user of the Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care Portal on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.

By completing the survey you will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a $200 Coles Group & Myer gift card.

Begin the survey here.

Open from: 7 June to 20 June 2021

27 May 2021

2021 release of Palliative care services in Australia

On May 26, 2021 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released their report Palliative care services in Australia based on data for the 2019-2020 period. Findings include that the number of Medicare-subsidised palliative care services received by Australians in their own home almost doubled between 2015–16 and 2019–20. You can read the full online report on the AIHW website.

26 May 2021

Palliative Care Australia releases survey of Australian attitudes to celebrate NPCW

New survey data released today (1.17MB pdf) during National Palliative Care Week (NPCW) has highlighted limited community understanding around the broader meaning of palliative care and a general reluctance to engage in conversations on death and dying. In direct response, a national education campaign – 'Palliative Care It’s more than you think.' – has been created to engage the community in a conversation about the benefits of palliative care.
11 May 2021

End-of-life Essentials resources to support hospital accreditation

If your role includes preparation for hospital accreditation, the End-of-life Essentials (EOLE) project resources can be of assistance. EOLE is a Commonwealth Funded project (from Flinders University) providing free evidence-based online education for doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals who work in hospitals to assist in informing and improving end-of-life care in hospitals. 

For an opportunity to receive information on how the EOLE project can support your work, and receive a complementary EOLE welcome pack, please provide your contact details on this form.
4 May 2021

ABS releases pilot study results for place of death

In response to the Productivity Commission report of 2017 highlighting the value of place of death data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) commenced a pilot project to examine ways of obtaining and reporting this data in a meaningful format. In April 2021 results of the pilot study covering data for 2019 were released. This showed that half of all deaths in Australia occurred in a hospital/medical service area and almost 30% in residential aged care facilities. Visit the ABS website to read the full report including a special case study report on place of death for deaths due to COVID-19 in 2020.
3 May 2021

Palliative Care Australia releases new report

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has released a new report, Palliative care is core business for aged care,  which summarises the Royal Commission’s recommendations against Palli-8, PCA’s eight-point plan for palliative care. PCA also notes in their media release that ‘The Final report also acknowledges that evidence heard during the life of the Royal Commission shows that too few people receive evidence-based end-of-life and palliative care, and instead experience unnecessary pain or indignity in their final days, weeks and months.’
13 April 2021

Indigenous advance care planning video

Palliative Care Australia has produced a video to support health professionals in facilitating culturally safe advance care planning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Discussing Choices – Indigenous Advance Care Plans features the Groote Eylandt community and highlights learnings and tips to conduct culturally sensitive discussions around advance care planning and end-of-life.

13 April 2021

National Palliative Care Week 2021

May 23 - 29 is National Palliative Care Week, an event led by Palliative Care Australia (PCA) that aims to raise awareness about the many benefits of quality palliative care. This year's theme will be “Palliative Care It’s more than you think”. For more information, including on how you can participate, visit PCA's webpage.

9 March 2021

Palliative care services in Australia report

The current debate on voluntary assisted dying has prompted discussions about the current state of palliative care provision in Australia. To help these discussions, the PM Glynn Institute has published a new report examining access, equity, and gaps in provision. Among their findings are:

  • An increasing rate of palliative care hospitalisations, including for children and young adults
  • Small number of palliative care hospitalisations for Indigenous Australians
  • A low uptake of palliative care training by physicians and nurses
  • Number of residents in aged care facilities needing palliation
9 March 2021

Advance Care Planning Week 2021

March 22-26 is National Advance Care Planning Week, an initiative that encourages all Australians to make their future health care preferences known. Led by Advance Care Planning Australia, it features resources, community events, and webinars.

Our Director Prof Jennifer Tieman is one of the ambassadors for the week long annual event. 

2 March 2021

Release of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Royal Commissioners, the Honourable Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs AO presented the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to the Governor-General, His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) on 26 February 2021. It was tabled on 1 March 2021 and immediately released to the public. The full report and recommendations can be downloaded from the official website.

23 February 2021

New release from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

On 16 February 2021, The Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released a new paper: Research Paper 20 – The quality of care experience and community expectations prepared by Flinders University and The Caring Futures Institute

This and all other papers are now available for download from the Royal Commission website.

12 February 2021

New release from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

On 09 February 2021, The Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released a new paper: Research Paper 19 – Does the quality of residential aged care vary with residents' financial means?

This and all other papers are now available for download from the Royal Commission website.

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