The federal government recently announced it will provide more than $60 million for projects that will improve quality and access to palliative care.
$45.4 million will be distributed through the National Palliative Care Projects grants initiative for 12 projects that will help people on their final journey, and their families, with end of life care. This includes:
- $5.5 million for Palliative Care Australia to continue promoting quality end of life care across the sector
- $7.8 million for the University of Wollongong’s Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) to support palliative care providers in measuring the impact of their service delivery
- $12 million for the Queensland University of Technology’s Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative which builds the capability and capacity of the health workforce to provide quality palliative care
- $3.6 million for Flinders University to continue with CareSearch, providing evidence and palliative care information to health professionals and consumers
- $4.1 million to Austin Health’s Advance Care Planning Australia to increase awareness and uptake of advance care planning nationally
Extra to the above funding, a new National Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory has been funded for three years with $15 million to improve the palliative care skills and advance care planning expertise of health professionals working with older Australians by providing quality training and support.