The National Palliative Care Strategy
The National Palliative Care Strategy 2018 (the Strategy) builds on previous strategies and the 2016 evaluation of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2010. It has been developed through extensive consultation with Commonwealth, state and territory health departments, carers, peak bodies for consumers and service providers, clinicians, service managers, and a range of public, private and not-for-profit organisations involved in palliative care.
The National Palliative Care Strategy 2018
The purpose of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2018 is for it to guide the improvement of palliative care across Australia so that people affected by life-limiting illnesses get the care they need to live well. The Strategy provides a shared direction and an authorising environment for the continual improvement of palliative care services in Australia.
National Palliative Care Strategy 2010 (274 kb pdf)
Evaluation of the strategy was undertaken to determine relevance and useability.
Evaluation of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2010 - Supporting Australians to Live Well at the End of Life (1.30MB pdf)
Evaluation of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2010 - Supporting Australians to Live Well at the End of Life (862kb docx)
Palliative Care Workforce Development Framework
A National Palliative Care Workforce Development Framework is being 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 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. Core elements within the model will include:
- 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.
The Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative (the Collaborative) is developing the Framework and will use this to develop a National Palliative Care Workforce Action Plan. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website https://pcc4u.org.au/ to learn more.
Palliative Care Guidelines for the Aged Care Sector
In 2017, backed by the Australian Department of Health, CareSearch at Flinders University launched updated and revised content of the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care (APRAC) and Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting (COMPAC) to provide Evidence and Practice support information and resources to support people caring for older Australians approaching the end of their life. This guidance is provided online at palliAGED.com.au
Palliative Care Australia – The National Standards and Service Development Guidelines
National Palliative Care Standards (371kb pdf)
Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines (340kb pdf)
Background report to the Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines (741kb pdf)
Last updated 18 August 2020