As the peak body in NSW for Palliative Care, we represent the views of our members in developing policy and position statements. We accord with the statements produced by Palliative Care Australia (PCA) which have been developed in association with each of the members of PCA, namely the State and Territory peak bodies for Palliative Care.
Palliative Care NSW Policy Statement:
The Palliative Care NSW Policy Statement, launched in 2012, has been used to help us to provide informed input to the development of palliative care in NSW.
Our vision is to be the peak body for palliative care to ensure every person in NSW will have access to quality care that addresses their physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs as they approach and reach the end of life. To achieve that vision, PCNSW aims to provide informed and evidence based input into the development of policy at the State and national levels.
To that end, PCNSW released the Policy Statement canvassing the significant challenges in delivering equitable,quality palliative care in NSW, and possible solutions to those challenges.
This Policy Statement reflects feedback received in response to our Discussion Paper, which was released in November 2011.
It’s time to review and re-issue the Policy Statement, with much having happened between then and now. Many of the recommendations contained in the Statement have been addressed at least in part and we acknowledge the positive response it received. We will have a new draft of the Policy Statement ready for feedback early in 2017.
We consider this Statement to be a ‘living document’ and welcome your comments at any time. If you have any comments, please send them to:
Post: Executive Officer, Palliative care NSW
PO Box 487, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Palliative Care Australia Policy Statements
We have worked with our state and territory colleagues and with Palliative Care Australia (PCA) to develop policy statements across a range of issues and topics. The views of PCNSW are in accordance with the statements produced by Palliative Care Australia (PCA). PCNSW surveys its members to seek their views when contributing to the development of these statements.
Significant policy documents which can be found on the Palliative Care Australia website at www.palliativecare.org.au include:
- Standards for Providing Quality Palliative Care for All Australians (2005)
- A Guide to Palliative Care Service Development: A Population-Based Approach (2005)
- Position Statements on the following topics:
- Carers and end of life
- Chronic end stage kidney disease
- Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and palliative care
- Ensuring quality and safety of end-of-life care
- Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide
- Paediatric palliative care
- Palliative care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender People and People with Intersex Characteristics (LGBTI)
- Palliative care and neurological conditions
- Palliative care and dementia
- Palliative care and chronic heart failure
- Palliative care and indigenous Australians
- Palliative care and advance care planning
- Palliative Care Australia | Election Statement 2016
- Primary health care and end of life
- Residential aged care and end of life
- Workforce for quality care at the end of life
2015 NSW State Election Call to Action:
Every resident of NSW who is living with a life-limiting illness should be supported in choosing where they die. It could be in their own home. It could be in their Residential Aged Care Facility. In a long-term in-patient Palliative Care facility. In a hospital. Under a tree. But too few people have that choice. The NSW government has taken very welcome first steps to ensuring that you have the choice to die at home, if that is what you and your family want. There is more to do however to make genuine choice a reality for all and ensure a safe and dignified death for everyone.
WHAT IS NEEDED NOW
- Increased investment in Palliative Care by $8 million per year:
- $4 million per year to address current major gaps in Palliative Care services.
- $4 million per year to meet the growing need for Palliative Care.
WHAT IS NEEDED IN THE FUTURE
- An ongoing commitment to supporting real growth in the Palliative Care service system, including Specialist Palliative Care services in metro and rural/remote areas.
- Increased funding so that capacity growth is ahead of the ageing and chronic disease curve – not behind it.
- Government policy that encourages professional development programs incorporating end of life care so that hospital clinicians, General Practitioners and other care providers feel more confident in providing appropriate end of life care. GPs for example can feel confident and supported in starting end of life conversations with the growing number of patients and their families.
Read more in our 2015 NSW State Election Call to Action document here.