Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has made a submission to the upcoming October Budget, asking the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Mark Butler, and Minister for Aged Care, Anika Wells, to include funding for aged care nurses to be trained in palliative care.
With the introduction of aged care reform bills to Parliament, Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is hoping to deepen plans to have Registered Nurses (RN) 24/7 in residential aged care.
These recent parliamentary processes coincide with the delivery of PCA’s October 2022 Budget Submission to the Minister for Health and Minister for Aged Care. PCA has laid out a modest plan to have aged care nurses trained in palliative care.
Camilla Rowland, CEO, Palliative Care Australia (PCA).:
“People are always surprised to learn that palliative care is not an embedded practice in aged care”
“Currently, over one third of all deaths in Australia occur in residential aged care, and it’s a real post code lottery as to whether those people receive palliative care.”
PCA’s Budget Submission includes the need to fund and develop a National Palliative Care Workforce Strategy not just in aged care but in all care settings from community health to paediatrics to hospitals.
Read more details here: PCA’s Budget Submission