Federal government funds PHNs for greater choice in palliative care at home

As part of this week’s launch of the new National Palliative Care Standards (5th edition), the Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, announced the PHNs who were successful tenderers to undertake the pilot programme called ‘The Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care programme’.

The $8.3 million program will trial new ways to provide palliative care services, delivering the right care at the right time, while also aiming to reduce hospitalisations.

The program will be administered through Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across Australia, and will be coordinated with local and state services, as well as aged care providers.

The ten Primary Health Networks which have been selected to take part in the trial include:
•           Brisbane South;
•           Central QLD, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast;
•           Gold Coast;
•           South Western Sydney;
•           Murrumbidgee;
•           Western NSW;
•           North Western Melbourne;
•           Eastern Melbourne;
•           Adelaide; and
•           Country WA.

We have been advised that Tasmania will also receive funding as the 11th PHN.

Congratulations to these PHNs. Palliative Care NSW looks forward to working with our state’s PHNs if we can be of any assistance.

Click here to read the media release by the Hon Greg Hunt.