Policies and Position Statements

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Policy Statements

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
Email: info@palliativecarensw.org.au


PCNSW Submission to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017) NSW

The NSW parliament currently has a drafting committee working on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017).

In May 2017, this committee released a discussion paper relating to the bill. In response, Palliative Care NSW made a formal submission to the drafting committee with comments and recommendations.

Our submission is available for download below, along with the initial and subsequent versions of the Bill. We welcome any feedback (click on the Feedback tab for more information).

If you have any comments, please send them to:

Post: Executive Officer, Palliative Care NSW
PO Box 487, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Email: info@palliativecarensw.org.au

This draft was released for public consultation and feedback by the proponents in May 2017. Click on the link below to download.

The PCNSW submission to the initial consultation draft of the Bill (16 May) can be downloaded below.

Following some 72 submissions from interested parties including PCNSW the proponents of the Bill significantly altered the initial consultation draft and released this version about 19 September 2017. Click on the link below to download the revised Bill and related documents.

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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.