Palliative Care in Prisons - A National Palliative Care Project

Investigator team:

Professor Jane Phillips (Project Lead), Professor Meera Agar, Professor David Currow, Professor Deborah Parker, Associate Professor Michelle DiGiacomo, Associate Professor Louise Hickman, Dr Nicole Heneka, Dr Irina Kinchin, Dr Tim Luckett, Ms Isabelle Schaefer

Project Manager:

Kim Offner


Australian Government, Department of Health: Public Health and Chronic Disease Grant Program, National Palliative Care Projects. 

In 2019, as part of the federal National Palliative Care Project scheme, IMPACCT was granted $1.2 million in funding to conduct a gap analysis and design a new model of care for palliative care in Australian correctional facilities.

This project will contribute to the Government’s ‘Public Health and Chronic Disease Program: National Palliative Care’ program by improving access to high quality palliative care and end-of-life care for people in prisons. Similar to international trends, Australian correctional/justice health services increasingly need to provide palliative and end-of-life care to people in prisons. 

The project team have engaged correctional/justice health services from all Australian States and Territories, in addition to clinicians and experts to form a National Consortia to guide the project. The Consortia will address this gap by co-designing a new national framework of palliative care for Australian prisons; inclusive of national policies, workforce capacity building strategies, clinical service model of care and a toolkit of resources, for ongoing use. These initiatives will enable correctional/justice health services clinicians to provide the best possible care to people with palliative needs who are in prison. 


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