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The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report

Aged Care in Australia: A Shocking Tale of Neglect The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable, citizens. It does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too [...]

By |2019-11-04T12:33:18+11:00November 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Report summaries views of NSW palliative care staff and service users

From April to October 2017, roundtable meetings and consultation workshops on palliative care were held across NSW to hear directly from communities, clinicians and service providers about what they saw as the priorities for palliative care. In November 2017, a consultation paper and a survey with 16 questions were publicly released to report on the [...]

By |2018-05-30T17:59:10+11:00May 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Meeting the challenges of serious illness through palliative care in the US

With 10,000 people in the US turning 65 every day the rate of growth in health care expenditure is outpacing the rate of growth in the economy. The fine grained insurance-claims based US data indicates that for people over 65, some 36 percent have 4 or more chronic conditions and they account for some 76% [...]

By |2017-11-02T09:25:34+11:00November 2nd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Fixing the access abyss is an imperative for Lancet commission

Imagine if only 1 person in 100 had access to morphine when they needed it. According to the Lancet Commission on Palliative Care and Pain Relief that ratio describes the scarcity of morphine-equivalent opioids in some of the poorest countries in the world. Coinciding with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2017 (14 October) the [...]

By |2017-10-16T11:51:16+11:00October 16th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Audit Office Recommendation 1 takes aim at improving statewide governance of Palliative Care in NSW

The recent Auditor-General’s (Audit Office) report into Palliative Care was short and succinct in its assessment of the lack of existing statewide planning and monitoring of palliative care services in NSW. The first recommendation proposes that NSW Health develop an ‘integrated palliative care and end-of-life care policy framework’. In her media comments, the Auditor-General Margaret [...]

By |2017-09-04T16:58:30+11:00September 4th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Auditor-General’s report on Palliative Care in NSW.

The NSW Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford, has recently released her report on palliative care. The audit assessed whether NSW Health is effectively planning and evaluating palliative care services, in the context of rising demand, increasingly complex needs, and the diversity of service providers. The main findings reflect that NSW Health's approach to planning and evaluating palliative [...]

By |2017-08-25T12:08:34+11:00August 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Report released on palliative care round table workshops

Recently, the NSW Government and Mr Brad Hazzard, Minister for Health, hosted a series of roundtable discussions throughout regional NSW. Begining in Orange, other roundtables were held in Lismore, Kempsey, Broken Hill, Tamworth, Griffith, Queanbeyan, Kiama and Newcastle. The aim was to give medical and nursing specialists and other interested organisations the opportunity to contribute [...]

By |2017-07-14T13:42:38+11:00July 14th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Productivity Commission Report releases draft report

The Productivity Commission recently released its draft report on reforms to human services provision. It examined competition, user choice and the role government stewardship in end-of-life care as well as other areas of health care; including social housing, family and community services and services in remote Indigenous communities. The report identified a need for vast [...]

By |2017-06-14T15:33:19+11:00June 14th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Australia’s rising palliative care needs

Australia's ageing population along with more people suffering from chronic and incurable illness is pushing up the demand for palliative care. A new report on palliative care services in Australia has just been released by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW). It shows that palliative care hospitalisations are growing faster than any other [...]

By |2017-05-31T16:37:33+11:00May 9th, 2017|News|0 Comments