Palliative care in Australia

Palliative care in Australia

10 October 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-1-74229-707-1

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Membership of committee (PDF 52KB)
 
Abbreviations (PDF 9KB)
 
List of Recommendations (PDF 68KB)
 
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 80KB)

The referral
Conduct of the inquiry
Acknowledgements
Other inquiries
What is palliative care?
Current government policy framework
Structure of the report

 
Chapter 2 - Guidelines and Standards (PDF 69KB)

Introduction
The national guidelines and PCA's standards
Committee comment

 
Chapter 3 - The federal funding of palliative care in Australia (PDF 226KB)

Introduction
How palliative care is funded in Australia
Calls for funding changes
The complexity of funding palliative care
Settings of care – cost, effectiveness and efficiency
Committee comment

 
Chapter 4 - State palliative care services (PDF 78KB)

Introduction
Services and funding provided by the states and territories
Committee comment

 
Chapter 5 - Carers (PDF 175KB)

The valuable role of carers
National Carer Strategy and other government support for carers
Other support services for carers 

 
Chapter 6 - The professional workforce and its development (PDF 137KB)

The palliative care workforce profile and challenges
Education and training in palliative care

 
Chapter 7 - Models of service delivery (PDF 88KB)

Introduction
Models of service delivery 
Common issues faced by these models of service provision

 
Chapter 8 - Case management (PDF 64KB)

The fragmented approach to palliative care provision
The case management response
The case manager
Committee comment

 
Chapter 9 - Research and data (PDF 107KB)

A nationally coordinated approach to research is needed
Funding for palliative care research
Data collection
Evidence base for medicines

 
Chapter 10 - Accessing equipment (PDF 77KB)

Background
The HACC program
Better access
Is there a better approach?
Committee comment

 
Chapter 11 - Palliative care for special needs groups (PDF 193KB)

Indigenous Australians
Children and adolescents
CALD communities
GLBTI

 
Chapter 12 - Other matters (PDF 109KB)

International comparisons
Access to and use of schedule 8 drugs
The role of private health insurers

 
Chapter 13 - Advance Care Planning (PDF 156KB)

Cultural reluctance to discuss death and dying
Advance Care Planning
The need for national consistency
A national framework for advance care
Respecting Patient Choices and other support programs
Potential for the PCEHR and technology in the provision of healthcare

 
APPENDIX 1 - Submissions and Additional Information received by the Committee (PDF 25KB)
 
APPENDIX 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 21KB)
 
APPENDIX 3 - The 13 standards for providing quality palliative care for all Australians (PDF 15KB)

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Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
Email: community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au

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