Why is a whole of workforce approach important?

  • The health and support needs of people affected by a life limiting illness are diverse and often change over time
  • Most health care providers will come into contact with people who are dying and therefore need to be prepared to provide appropriate care
  • Specialist palliative care services provide important services for people with more complex needs, but not all people approaching end of life require specialist palliative care
  • Appropriate, high quality end of life care can be delivered by the health care providers in a range of care contexts.

The National Palliative Care Workforce Development Framework

A Framework has been developed to provide guidance for individual health care providers, education providers, health service managers and policy makers to ensure all health care providers are equipped with capabilities relevant to their context to provide care for people who are dying.

The ultimate aim of this Framework is to enhance the quality of palliative care service delivery and increase support for people affected by life limiting illnesses in all care contexts.

What elements are included in the Framework?

  • Defining palliative care
  • Core values underpinning palliative care in Australia
  • Purpose and scope
  • Defining characteristics of the palliative care workforce in Australia
  • Palliative Care capabilities for specialist and non-specialist health care providers
  • Principles to support the development of palliative care capabilities
  • Teaching and learning strategies to develop palliative care capabilities.

Last updated 26 April 2016