palliPHARM for residential and aged care communities is a Queensland Government funded project that aims to facilitate mechanisms that ensure community palliative care patients, whether in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) or private homes, have timely access to palliative care medicines, if needed.
Most Australians nominate home as their preferred place for end-of-life care. However, if end-of-life symptoms are not well controlled, this can lead to unnecessary suffering and unwanted hospital admissions. Timely access to palliative care medicines can prevent such unwanted outcomes.
To build capacity between community pharmacies, community prescribers and RACFs, palliPHARM has developed resources on the essential palliative care medicines that should be routinely available in the community, see below.
Pharmacists are encouraged to visit the palliPHARM microsite – A website hosted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia with links to education opportunities, resources and content relevant to palliative care.
NB: Community pharmacies that would like to register to become a ‘Palliative Care Support’ pharmacy can complete the palliPHARM Letter of Intent on the palliPHARM microsite.
An information sheet about safe disposal of palliative care medicines for people receiving palliative care and their families.
It is recommended that clinicians PHONE AHEAD to confirm the pharmacy stocks the prescribed medicines prior to sending a patient over.
Page updated 30 August 2021