Better Quality of Care – comprehensive palliative care in aged care

Page last updated: 08 May 2018

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The Government will increase funding for aged care by $5 billion over five years. The Government will improve palliative care for older Australians living in residential aged care. This will support new approaches to how care is delivered by state and territory governments that improve palliative and end-of-life care coordination.

It will also strengthen national efforts to improve access to quality palliative care as a key component of an integrated health–aged care system.

Why is this important?

Caring for people at the end of life is one of the most important elements in a truly compassionate society. This measure will facilitate the development and implementation of new models of palliative care in aged care facilities.

Quality palliative care plays a vital role at the end of life for Australians, reducing the physical and emotional distress of dying for individuals and the carers, family and friends supporting them.

Many older Australians living in residential aged care facilities transfer in and out of hospital multiple times as they approach the end of their lives. This measure will provide early access to specialist palliative care support in aged care facilities that will reduce the need for many of these hospitalisations and may limit the associated emotional and financial impacts on older Australians and their families.

It will further enable people to die in their place of choice, supported by increased capacity in aged care, improved care coordination, and better clinical governance.

Through this measure, older Australians will receive appropriate support from the entire spectrum of health services in order to more effectively meet their medical and personal needs, as they approach end of life.

Who will benefit?

This measure helps older Australians living in residential aged care nearing end of life and will help reduce distress for them, their families and friends.

How much will this cost?

This will cost $32.8 million from 2018–19 to 2021–22.


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