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
Other inquiries
What is palliative care?
Current government policy framework
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Guidelines and Standards (PDF 69KB)

The national guidelines and PCA's standards
Committee comment

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

For further information, contact:

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

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
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